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New Round of Inspections to Focus on Child Neglect
It has been announced that children’s services and partner agencies will be inspected on their joint responses to child neglect
A new round of joint targeted area inspections will be taking place next month; these reviews will be focusing on the experiences of children between the ages of 7-15, who display challenging behaviours during adolescence or who are at risk of exploitation.
Focusing on 6 different geographical areas, Ofsted, the CQC, HMI constabulary and HMI probation will begin a new round of targeted inspections. They will be evaluating whether children living with neglect are receiving the right help and protection as well as assessing how risks are prevented and decreased. Inspectors will also be looking at the impact of neglect on children and whether it is reduced by local agency involvement, with Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, saying: “It’s crucial that local partner agencies understand the long-term effects of neglect and recognise the need for early and appropriate intervention.”
Spielman also commented: “Identifying signs of neglect in middle childhood and adolescence can be very complex, as children at this age experienced and respond to neglect differently from younger children. However, at any age, the impact of childhood neglect can be lifelong.”
The latest in a series of joint targeted inspections, the focus has shifted to child neglect, with inspection programmes previously focusing on child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.