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Consultation launched on joint targeted area inspections

Local agencies that are failing to work together effectively to protect vulnerable children will be held to account by new joint inspections, it has been announced.

Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) will be introduced this autumn by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation.

They will specifically examine how well local authorities, health, police and probation services work together to safeguard children. The new inspections will shine a light on both good and poor practice, identifying examples from which others can learn and helping local agencies to improve.

The proposals, set out in a consultation launched by Ofsted, will give inspectorates more flexibility and the ability to be responsive to areas of interest or concern.