Framework and guidance for joint targeted area inspections of local area services.


Joint inspections of arrangements and services for children – inspection framework and guidance

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Joint targeted area inspections are carried out by:

  • Ofsted
  • Care Quality Commission
  • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary
  • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation

Local Safeguarding Children Boards and member agencies can use this guidance to understand how inspections are conducted. They may also find it useful when carrying out self evaluations or improvement planning.

View ‘How to use the local authority inspection sharing site’ for guidance on how to share information with the inspectorates for a JTAI.

Published 14 January 2016
Last updated 17 July 2019 + show all updates

  1. The notification for all joint targeted area inspections has changed to 10 working days before fieldwork. This replaces the earlier arrangements where notification timescales were 9 or 10 days depending on the deep dive theme.
  2. Added updated document – a summary of changes is included at the end of the framework.
  3. Guidance updated throughout. We will not always inspect the NPS, CRC and YOT on a joint targeted area inspection: this will depend on the particular deep dive theme. In the section ‘overview of this inspection’ the way we number working days for the inspection has changed: inspection notification is now day 1 rather than day 0. We may bring forward the notification of a JTAI from Tuesday (day 1) to Monday (day 0), depending on the deep dive theme. We have updated guidance to inspectors on how they arrange to speak with children and their families. The flow chart in Annex A has been revised for clarity, and we have deleted Annex B: the inspection notification email.
  4. Updated guidance throughout: please see the end of the document for a full list of changes.
  5. Slightly revised changes are summarised at the end of the framework.
  6. August 2016 version includes updates to: the guidance on report writing, action plan arrangements and complaints procedure; and the report quality assurance timeline.
  7. First published.