Raising safeguarding standards and building effective partnerships
The New Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) have been created to assess how agencies; such as local authorities, the police, health, probation and youth offending services are working together in an area to identify, support and protect vulnerable children and young people.
The four inspectorates Ofsted, Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) must assess how these agencies are collaboratively ensuring the safety of children and those at risk.
The inspections aim to identify areas for improvement whilst also highlighting good practice as a guide for others to learn from. The inspections focus on a particular area referred to as a ‘deep dive’ element. From February 2016 until August 2016, the first deep dive area inspected was “Inspections of child sexual exploitation and missing children from home, care or education”. This has been followed by “Children living with Domestic Abuse”, which has been running since September and will do so until March 2017.
We have asked some of the most senior representatives from Ofsted, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP), ‘deep dive’ experts; such as those who specialise in domestic violence policy, and those who have been inspected to help agencies prepare for these inspections. Our trainers are ready to share their wealth of knowledge and provide you with best practice case studies.
Meet two of our Trainers
Reg Hooke, Independent Chair for Portsmouth LSCB and East Sussex LSCB
From 2008 – 2013 Reg was Head of the Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Investigation Command with responsibility for the police child safeguarding function across London. Since April 2013 he has worked independently in the Child Safeguarding field and is Independent Chair for Portsmouth LSCB and East Sussex LSCB. Reg sits on several national and academic advisory safeguarding bodies and is a trainer in child trafficking and online investigations.
Jeremy Gleaden, Senior Social Care Her Majesty Inspector, Ofsted
Jeremy is Ofsted’s Policy and Framework Lead for the inspection of local authorities and the joint inspection programme. He has experience of inspecting as Lead and Team Inspector and Quality Assurance Manager for the inspection of local authority children’s services.
One Minute with Ofsted . . .
What differentiates the JTAI from other inspections?
The JTAI is not a universal inspection, the joint inspectorates can only resource up to 10 each year. However, it provides a unique opportunity for the inspectorates to make a joint evaluation of multi-disciplinary practice. It also provides the opportunity to both consistently look at the “front door” where critical multi-agency decisions are made, whilst also focusing on a specific cohort of children.
Why is it important to have a targeted ‘deep dive’ area inspection?
Focusing on a specific cohort of children enables a really thorough evaluation of practice. This adds value in the local area being inspected, but in addition, it enables us to publish a thematic overview report at the end of each “deep dive”, which enables the whole sector to benefit from the learning identified across those areas inspected.
Why is it significant to maintain multi-agency collaboration?
In addition to the joint evaluation of multi-disciplinary practice, it helps support the critical issue that no one agency can deliver effective child protection – it has to be a partnership of all agencies.