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Social Services

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which inspection regimes monitor local authorities’ activities in social care. (124531)

The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) monitors and regulates local authorities regulated social care services and local authorities’ performance in delivering their adult social services functions. Councils’ performance in delivering social services for children are monitored through joint area reviews and annual performance assessments, led by Ofsted and in conjunction with CSCI.

In addition, some inspections are run jointly with the Healthcare Commission, the Housing Inspectorate or the Audit Commission.

All assessments of council performance in social care feed into the comprehensive performance assessment, led by the Audit Commission.

The responsibility for assessing councils’ provision of regulated children’s social care services will pass to Ofsted on 1 April.

CSCI publishes comprehensive performance assessments and reports on local authorities on its website at www.csci.org.uk.