Welcome to our July news and information update
Since our June update we’ve witnessed a General Election and hung Parliament, continued debate over the future of our public services and our impending withdrawal from the Economic Union. Uncertain times indeed.
June has also witnessed the tragedy of the Grenfel Tower fire, the Finsbury attack, racial abuse, the publishing of the Jersey Care Inquiry and further revelations of child abuse in cadet forces and the Church of England.
Recent tragedies, inquiries and events such as these continue to raise our awareness of the need for rigorous safeguarding arrangements. They highlight our collective role in reducing ‘risk’.
Whether you work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults in a public, voluntary or private organisation, safety is paramount. From early-years and day care provision, to family support services, youth work and health and social care your engagement in our quality assurance process will help give you peace of mind that your safeguarding arrangements are effective in promoting the safety of those in your care.
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Grenfell Tower Fire
Grenfel Tower fire: support for people affected – GOV.UK This page contains advice on where to seek urgent assistance and information, including the official helplines for this incident. It also provides guidance on support services available for victims and all those affected by Grenfell Tower fire.
Information about the support available for people affected by the attack in Finsbury Park on 19 June 2017.
Further education and skills inspections and outcomes as at 28 February 2017
Whistleblowing about children’s social care services to Ofsted.
What Ofsted will do after being informed of certain concerns about children’s social care services.
Oftsted's Annual Point-in-time Questionnaire
On June 19th Ofsted published its ‘annual point-in-time questionnaire’. The questionnaire aims to gather the views of those children, parents and carers accessing children’s homes, fostering services, adoption agencies, adoption support agencies and residential family centres. Data from questionnaires is intended to inform future inspections.
Questions for children and young people include:
• do staff look after you well?
• do you feel safe in your children’s home?
• can you talk to staff about how you feel?
Questions for parents and carers include:
• can your child take part in activities that interest them?
• are your child’s health needs met?
• does your child have good relationships with the staff at the home?
In August 2017 Ofsted will also send questionnaires to residential provision in further education colleges and boarding and residential special schools
Welfare and duty of care in Armed Forces initial training - update 4th July 2017
Ofsted’s inspection remit requires that Ofsted:
• determine the extent to which progress has been made in addressing issues of care, welfare and support for recruits and trainees during initial training in the Armed Forces, including examination of self-assessment by the establishments
• judge the effectiveness of the strategic and operational management of the care, welfare and support for recruits and trainees during initial training in the Armed Forces
• take account of the national care standards and safeguarding where relevant
The annual reports draw on evidence of these inspections
Jersey child sex abuse: Children ‘still at risk’ in care system as damning report calls for demolition of home
Probe finds ˜instances of physical and sexual abuse and of emotional neglect’ against children were becoming normal part of life.