Inspection of voluntary adoption agencies

Ofsted is consulting on proposed changes to the inspection of voluntary adoption agencies (VAAs) in England. Proposals include: all VAAs will receive one inspection in a 3-year period and one overall judgement irrespective of the number of premises they use; the notice period for the inspection of VAAs is reduced from 10 working days to 2 working days. The deadline for responses is 04 August 2017.

Source: Ofsted

Joint targeted area inspection

Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation have published a letter outlining the findings of a joint targeted area inspection (JTAI) of the multi-agency response to abuse and neglect in Hounslow. This includes a ‘deep dive’ focus on the response to children living with domestic abuse. Key strengths include: the One stop shop which provides a wide range of support to parents, enabling them them to better meet their children’s needs and keep them safe; the Learning to respect education programme in schools which raises awareness of domestic abuse; creative work which enables children to understand their experiences of living with domestic abuse; the voice of the child is gathered and recorded in almost all of the incidents attended by front line police officers.

Further information: Joint targeted area inspection of the multi-agency response to abuse and neglect in Hounslow (PDF)

Learning to respect