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Hopefully more joined-up working will help reduce this problem

A new set of inspections will examine how local partner agencies - including local authorities, health & probation services and the police - are working together to protect children living with, or at risk of, neglect.  The series of 6 joint targeted area inspections (JTAI) involving Ofsted, Care Quality Commission (CQC), HMI Constabulary and HMI Probation will begin in May 2017.

JTAI assess how effectively agencies are working together in their local area to help and protect children.  Each set of joint inspections also evaluates the multi-agency response to a particular issue or theme.  Guidance published last week sets out how the inspections will work in practice.  Uniquely for this JTAI, inspectors will also speak with school leaders & staff to get a wider picture of how neglect is identified and referred.

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Ofsted:  Series of inspections to focus on children living with neglect

Children’s Commissioner:  New research shows victims of child sexual abuse within families face differential access to support with many failing to receive the help they need

While some records are critical / important (child protection, immunisation, etc.)...

Impacts on all parts of UK

More proactive monitoring required to ensure timely action

New law to protect children

NICE guidelines aim to improve how children at risk of abuse or neglect are helped & supported

Anne Longfield comments on production of new child abuse & neglect guidelines by NICE

New world class research commissioned to find out what works to help children get back on track after abuse

Focus on children in need’ – Children’s Commissioner at National Children & Adults Services Conference 2016

Anne Longfield comments on NAO's report on Children in Need of Care or Protection

Nicky Morgan’s vision for children’s social care and social work

LGA responds to Ofsted social care annual report

LGA:  Positive progress for children in care

Keeping children safe

LGA responds to launch of inquiry into children's social care

£22m awarded to projects to support vulnerable children, adults and older people in Wales

Vulnerable children turned away from mental health treatment report finds

Webinar: How local authorities can achieve millions in efficiency savings from location data