Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
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Response to Munro Review
Ofsted welcomes the report and the proposals both for the children’s social work field and for the inspection of these services. We endorse the importance placed on prevention and early intervention as well as services focused on those children identified as being at risk.
It is also encouraging to see that inspection is valued by the Review and the sector as a significant factor in driving improvement and the finding that inspection should continue to play this distinct role. We welcome the opportunity to further improve the inspection process and look forward to the extension and development of unannounced inspections that cover all children’s services.
While we believe that Ofsted’s work in the evaluation of Serious Case Reviews has had a positive impact in improving their quality, we agree that these should now end and have been suggesting this ourselves for some time. Ofsted supports the Review’s proposals for how SCRs are likely to be approached in the future to maximise learning and improve practice.
The second interim report ‘The Munro Review of Child Protection: Interim Report, The Child’s Journey’ was published today on the Munro Review website