Children's services assessmentsPublic services are required to work together better to deliver holistic services to people. The aim is to provide a joined-up service for children, young people and their parents and carers to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people.
The Education and Inspections Act 2006 charged Ofsted with the responsibility to assess annually the quality of children’s services for each local authority. In 2009 Ofsted provided this assessment as one element of its contribution to the joint inspectorate Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA). In May 2010, as part of the new Coalition’s programme for government, Comprehensive Area Assessment was abolished. However, Ofsted’s statutory duty to inspect children’s services remains. Ofsted’s most recent inspection was in September 2012, reporting in October 2012.