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Joint deep dive inspections-CQC, Probation, Ofsted & HMIC

Inspectors from Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMI Probation) will now conduct joint targeted area inspections (JTAI) that includes a deep dive investigation on the response to children living with domestic abuse. Inspectors will track and sample the experiences of children and young people.

Tracking is an in-depth, end-to-end look at the experiences of between five and seven children and young people who are living with domestic abuse. Sampling is a more targeted look at the experiences of a greater number of children, focusing on particular points in these children’s journeys. Guidance on tracking and sampling is in the framework and inspection guidance.

Inspectors will evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for victims of domestic abuse and adult perpetrators in relation to the impact this has on the welfare and protection of children. Inspectors will evaluate the extent to which: incorporates  a child-centred approach from all professionals and the risks to them and their needs are assessed effectively and responded to appropriately; support staff see incidents of domestic abuse through the eyes of the child. Staff are expected to be  well trained, confident and knowledgeable and they understand the impact of domestic abuse.

This enables them to identify how to help and protect children and to take action to do so.Risk of harm to children is reduced through the identification and assessment of the risks that perpetrators and adult offenders pose. This leads to appropriate and targeted interventions by all professionals. The Guidance further states ‘the impact of domestic abuse on children is reduced because they, their families and the perpetrators can access a sufficient range of commissioned local services. For example, community and voluntary services, including therapeutic help that improves children’s and adult family members’ emotional well-being and safety.’

To comply with the deep dive inspection, Local Authorities and other organisations WILL have to have a better understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence and abuse. This will require an improved understanding of the behaviour of perpetrators, engaging with them and implementing risk management strategies to enhance child and partner safety.

We have a very successful track record in developing this work and are happy to discuss individual agency’s requirements. Contact us now