Children outline their views on inspection

Most children don’t want the frequency of the inspection of services to depend on past performance or the presence of problems, a new report from the children’s rights director reveals.

Almost three-fifths of the children surveyed said settings should be inspected just as often as they have been. This goes against the government’s plans for inspectors to more frequently check children’s services where they know there are problems, and inspect places that are doing well less often.

The survey by Roger Morgan, whose role is part of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, also finds children were almost equally split on whether there should be separate inspectors for education and social services or the same set checking both services.

Ofsted will take over the inspection of children’s social services from the CSCI by 2008.

Morgan spoke to 90 children in settings such as children’s homes and residential special schools.

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