New Ofsted inspections to focus on children’s mental health

A new series of joint inspections will begin in September, focusing on children’s mental health. The inspections will examine how local services respond to children living with mental ill health, including local authorities, schools, the police, youth offending teams and health professionals.

The inspections will involve Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. The inspections will include an evaluation of ‘front door’ services and will assess how agencies assess and support looked after children.

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