In Depth

Inspections: Joint targeted area inspections

Inspections of local safeguarding arrangements were introduced in 2016 to examine joint working across agencies, uncovering examples of how areas tackle neglect, child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.

Inspections: Local authority foster care

The number of local authority foster placements rose last year, with Ofsted analysis showing most councils delivering high-quality services with improvements in placement stability and post-18 support.

Inspections: PVI childcare providers

A change in inspection procedures has helped contribute to a rise in the proportion of childcare providers on non-domestic premises that are rated good or outstanding, latest Ofsted figures show.

Ofsted's new inspection focus

One of the first councils to undergo the new social care inspection framework shares its experience.

Inspections: Special schools

The number of children with disabilities educated at special schools is rising. While the proportion of settings achieving a "good" rating is up, there is wide variation between different types of provider.

Opinion

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