Adult & Children’s Services Cabinet Member – Minutes – 9 March 2012

65  (65) OFSTED INSPECTIONS OF LOCAL AUTHORITY SCHOOLS – The Director of Children and Young People’s Services submitted a report informing the Cabinet Member of the outcomes of the Ofsted inspection for the Darley Centre.

The school had been inspected under the Section 5 Ofsted inspection schedule for schools.  Full copies of the report had been placed in the political group offices.

Resolved – (a) That approval be given to continue supporting improvements in the school inspected above, and (b) that the Cabinet Member writes to the school and makes suitable comment on the report.

66  (66) OFSTED INTERIM INSPECTIONS OF NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE CHILDREN’S HOMES – The Director of Children and Young People’s Service submitted a report informing the Cabinet Member of the outcome of interim Ofsted inspections of three North Lincolnshire children’s homes; Poplar Drive, The Cygnets and The Grove.

All children’s homes were subject to annual inspections carried out by Ofsted inspectors.  Ofsted revised their Children’s Home Inspection processes and a new inspection framework was implemented in April 2011.  Each home now had an annual ‘Full’ inspection and also an ‘Interim’ inspection which monitored progress since the full inspection.  Both were unannounced inspections.

Inspectors gathered evidence from a variety of sources, including a range of relevant professionals, children and staff within the homes and through the scrutiny of relevant documentation.  Inspectors prioritised the gathering of views from children as a primary focus of the inspection.

The report gave details of the inspection process and outcomes of the inspections.

Resolved – That the outcome of the latest, interim inspections of the children’s homes be noted.