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Re-inspections of inadequate councils relaxed

Re-inspections of inadequate councils relaxed.  Children's services rated as inadequate by Ofsted will face a shorter re-inspection, the inspectorate has announced.

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Inadequate councils currently receive up to six quarterly monitoring visits prior to a three-week re-inspection under the single inspection framework (SIF).

Ofsted has now announced that inadequate councils will now receive a two-week standard inspection of local authority children's services (ILACS visit) - the same inspection that councils judged to be "requires improvement" get, rather than a three week re-inspection.

"We will no longer carry out re-inspections of inadequate local authorities using the single inspection framework. We will re-inspect using a standard inspection under this framework," said an updated version of the ILACS framework.

Steve Crocker, Chair of the ADCS Standards, Performance and Inspection Policy Committee, said: “It is sensible that Ofsted will no longer carry out re-inspections of ‘inadequate’ local authorities under the single inspection framework. This will bring greater consistency across the sector which is to be welcomed.”

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