Government to inspect how council’s manage domestic abuse

The government has launched six targeted area inspection (JTAI) which will examine how well local partners, including councils work together to protect children living with domestic abuse.

Inspectors will evaluate the effectiveness of interventions by agencies such as local authorities and Ofsted, for victims of domestic abuse and adult perpetrators.

Eleanor Schooling, Ofsted’s national director for social care, commented: “Ofsted’s recent social care annual report highlighted some 320,000 children in need across England, many of whom live in families where domestic abuse is a constant feature.”

“We know the devastating impact this can have on their immediate and future well-being.

“This is a very challenging area of work for professionals as they rightly focus on the protection of children, while balancing the rights and needs of victims

“This set of joint inspections will provide Ofsted and partner inspectorates with valuable insight into how local areas are working together to help and protect these children. We will identify issues for improvement where we need to, but importantly, we want to highlight good practice from which others can learn.”