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SAFEGUARDING AND LAC INSPECTION. THE INSPECTION. Rolling programme of inspection for regarding safeguarding and Looked After Children Gateshead and Hartlepool have been inspected in the North East

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the inspection
  • Rolling programme of inspection for regarding safeguarding and Looked After Children
  • Gateshead and Hartlepool have been inspected in the North East
  • Reminder that this is an inspection of the whole of Children’s Services in Newcastle and not just Social Care


  • Evaluate impact of Local Authority services and their partners in safeguarding children and young people through the scrutiny of the NSCB and Children’s Trust
  • Evaluate impact of Local Authority services and their partners in achieving better care and better outcomes for LAC and care leavers


  • Ofsted and new Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • May be joined by inspectors from other inspectorates e.g. HMI of Police Constabulary
the inspection process
The inspection process
  • Two week inspection programme
  • Starts with examination of Children’s Social Care Files
  • Survey of Looked After Children and Care Leavers
  • Broadens to interviews with key partners and staff groups
  • Will examine files of partner agencies and services including CAF records
some areas of enquiry
Some Areas of Enquiry
  • Schools

Management of Child Protection

Contribution to outcomes for LAC

  • Integrated and Targeted Services

Early intervention and Prevention and use of CAF

Bullying and harassment

Children missing from school

School exclusions

Virtual school for LAC

Home education

Placements children with statement

D&A services – transition to Adult Services

some areas of enquiry6
Some Areas of Enquiry
  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Young Carers
  • Early Intervention


Resources for families on edge of care

  • Youth homelessness
  • Safe recruitment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Participation including that of vulnerable & diverse groups
  • Corporate Performance management arrangements
  • Equalities and Diversity
how can you prepare
How can you prepare?
  • Good housekeeping regarding case management and files.
  • e.g Files and recording up to date, all CAFs logged with central data base
  • Evidence throughout assessments and record keeping of voice of child
  • Up to date Child Protection Training
  • Understanding of how your service fits in regarding the big picture – Safeguarding/Looked After Children/Early Intervention and Prevention
  • Knowledge of plan and key priorities for own service and Children’s Trust
  • Understanding of threshold criteria for Children’s Social Care avaiable on the NSCB website
  • Understanding of role of LSCB, Children’s Trust, MALAP
  • Understanding of your role as a Corporate Parent
  • Knowledge of the Council’s Pledge to Looked After Children
  • We are aiming for a ‘good’ outcome
  • This accurately reflects the hard work of all staff and partners in improving outcomes for children across the board
  • Strong evidence from our performance outcomes and other inspections to support ‘good’ as an overall outcome
Some proposals have required longer lead- in time
  • CS16 Closer integration of CSC and ITS
  • CS18 All age Careers Service – consultation
  • CS19 Sure Start and Early Years Child Care Grant activity - starting consultation
  • CS20 EIG - decisions to be taken on March 28th by PMRG
Investing time in maintaining relationships through CTB, Schools Forum etc
  • Maintaining focus on key outcomes for CYP


  • Acutely conscious of impact on staff
  • Maintaining open comms channels
  • Minimising risk of compulsory redundancy - taking advantage of vacancies and use of targeted trawls, and continuing to test scope for non-staffing savings