Our response to the Ofsted consultation on Inspections of Local Authority Children’s Services
In 2022, Ofsted consulted on a proposal to change its inspection of local authority children’s services (ILACS) framework. You can find the consultation here.
The proposal was to introduce a separate assessment as part of the inspection on the “experiences and progress of care leavers”.
In the previous ILACS framework, this was currently included as part of a wider assessment on the “experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers”.
We welcomed this proposal.
It is important that local authority children’s services are actively assessed and inspected on the support they provide for care leavers and the wider experience of care leavers.
This should form a fundamental part of the wider ILACS inspection and the overall evaluation and judgement for local authority children’s services. Our response set out the criteria that we recommended Ofsted should consider.