Adapting to the Joint Targeted Area Inspections Framework

Raising safeguarding standards and building effective partnerships

The New Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) have been created to assess how agencies; such as local authorities, the police, health, probation and youth offending services are working together in an area to identify, support and protect vulnerable children and young people.

The four inspectorates Ofsted, Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) must assess how these agencies are collaboratively ensuring the safety of children and those at risk.

The inspections aim to identify areas for improvement whilst also highlighting good practice as a guide for others to learn from. The inspections focus on a particular area referred to as a ‘deep dive’ element. From February 2016 until August 2016, the first deep dive area inspected was “Inspections of child sexual exploitation and missing children from home, care or education”.  This has been followed by “Children living with Domestic Abuse”, which has been running since September and will do so until March 2017.

One Minute with Jeremy Gleaden, Senior Social Care Her Majesty Inspector, Ofsted:

What differentiates the JTAI from other inspections?
The JTAI is not a universal inspection, the joint inspectorates can only resource up to 10 each year. However, it provides a unique opportunity for the inspectorates to make a joint evaluation of multi-disciplinary practice. It also provides the opportunity to both consistently look at the “front door” where critical multi-agency decisions are made, whilst also focusing on a specific cohort of children.

Why is it important to have a targeted ‘deep dive’ area inspection?
Focusing on a specific cohort of children enables a really thorough evaluation of practice. This adds value in the local area being inspected, but in addition, it enables us to publish a thematic overview report at the end of each “deep dive”, which enables the whole sector to benefit from the learning identified across those areas inspected.

Why is it significant to maintain multi-agency collaboration?
In addition to the joint evaluation of multi-disciplinary practice, it helps support the critical issue that no one agency can deliver effective child protection – it has to be a partnership of all agencies.