The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) are changing the way they inspect local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies across Wales.
CSSIW will be using a new inspection framework the next time they inspect services and are stressing the importance of understanding these changes and how they affect inspections.
What is different?
- The new framework focuses on well-being outcomes;
- Changes to inspection reports, making them more accessible and providing clearer conclusions about the quality of services;
- All local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies will be given notice prior to their inspection; and
- The frequency of inspections will be every four years.
Inspections of local authority fostering services and foster care agencies will take palce every 4 years as part of a rolling programme.There are two types of inspections: full and focused.
These are routine inspections, planned as part of the CSSIW inspection schedule. Full inspections take place approximately six months after a newly registered service becomes operational. After that, inspections take place once every 4 years.
These normally happen when concerns are raised or to follow up on areas of improvement identified at previous inspections. These inspections focus on certain aspects of a service. All inspections to foster care services and agencies will be announced.
- Inspection handbook: Adult, children’s care homes, fostering services