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Ofsted launching new separate judgement focussing on care leavers

Published: 04/01/2023

Author: focusgov

Will form part of the framework for inspecting children's services.

This month (January 2023) will see the introduction of a new separate judgement from Ofsted that will specifically focus on the progress of care leavers.

Up to now, the experiences of care leavers have been inspected alongside children in care. Ofsted say that the new separate judgement will concentrate on things that matter to young people who are leaving local authority care, including:

  • opportunities to learn and get into work.
  • relationships and ensuring access to recreational and social activities.
  • good health and emotional well-being.
  • the ability to feedback and influence on the services they are offered.
To be judged as outstanding a local authority will need to demonstrate consistent good performance in relation to the areas noted above alongside support to help care leavers transition into adulthood.

It goes without saying that a digital tool such as the Care Leavers App which is already being used by over twenty five local authorities to support their care experienced young people, will be a valuable resource for assessment against the new judgement.