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The way local authority children's services are inspected is set to undergo major change from January 2018, with Ofsted planning to move to a more proportionate system that focuses on councils that are already struggling.

Inspectorate's annual report on children's social care services flags up concerns over leadership, safeguarding, caseloads and support for care leavers, while a consultation outlines its plans for a new inspection system.

Stretched resources, raised expectations and distrust among the social care sector are some of the problems to hit Ofsted recently. Children's services experts outline what the inspectorate needs to do to get back on track.

Derren Hayes meets Jacky Tiotto, director of children's services at Bexley Council.

Review set to reveal Gove plans

By Neil Puffett |

29 September 2015

Youth justice experts say education of young offenders must not dominate the review of the system

It seems wholly appropriate for an organisation charged with rebuilding the reputation of children's services in Slough that it will be doing so from offices next door to those of the giant Lego corporation.

As Ofsted figures reveal that only 14 of 59 children's social care services assessed under the single inspection framework were rated as "good", CYP Now looks at three local authorities that have impressed inspectors.

Joint inspections: key questions

By Neil Puffett |

21 July 2015

What will the latest proposals for multi-agency safeguarding inspections mean for child protection services?

Childcare providers unpick inspection revamp

By Derren Hayes |

07 July 2015

A new Ofsted framework for inspecting childcare will have major implications for how services are run.

Following accusations that Ofsted is "out of touch" and hindering improvement across children's services, critics across the sector are calling for major reforms to how the regulator inspects children's social care.