The future of children’s services inspections

Date: 27 Jun 2019
Time: All Day

Price: From £299

Location: Central London

For: Public, private and third sectors

The Future of Children’s Services Inspections Conference will provide delegates with an opportunity to:

  • Share key insights into Children’s Services Inspections
  • Listen and learn from leading industry experts across the Sector
  • Networking opportunities with speakers and delegates from the Sector
  • Understand and hear recommended best practice and case-studies
  • CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)

In January 2018 Ofsted introduced the new Inspections of Local Authority Children’s Services (ILACS) framework.  It looks at how well local authorities are supporting and protecting vulnerable children in their area. The new approach allows Ofsted to prioritise inspection where it is most needed and more proportionate, risk-based and flexible than before. The new arrangements consist of short inspections, standard inspections, monitoring and focused visits. Local authorities are also asked to annually evaluate the quality and impact of their social work practice, as well as having a formal yearly conversation with Ofsted about their performance.

Local Authorities are facing a dramatic rise in demand for children’s services, with the number of child protection enquiries having increased 158 per cent in 10 years – from 73,800 in 2006/7 to 198,090 in 2017/18. Over the same period, there has been an increase of the number of children on child protection plans of more than 25,000 and the biggest annual rise of children in care in eight years in 2017/18, with an average of 88 children coming into care every day. Whilst the demand has risen, funding has been cut, with councils facing a £3.1 billion funding gap for children’s services by 2025. In 2017/18, councils across England were forced to spend £816 more on children’s social care than they had budgeted for.

This timely conference examines the progress of the new inspection framework in its first year. Featuring a wide range of case studies by local authority children’s services who have achieved significant improvements in their Ofsted ratings, delivered innovative solutions to service delivery and efficiency savings while facing the challenges of increased demand and budget cuts. Featuring high level keynotes from key organisations giving the latest updates on the latest developments in children’s services, this conference will provide delegates with key policy and practice updates.

To find out more or apply, go to the Government Events website.