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Consultations

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Ofsted has developed a user and stakeholder engagement strategy. It sets out how we will encourage and promote user engagement as a driver for improvement and how we will listen to our users, providers and stakeholders in all that we do.

We strive to listen carefully to users of the services we inspect and regulate and to all of our other stakeholders. Your views are therefore crucial in helping us to understand where we need to focus our efforts and to tell us what works and what doesn’t. In this section of our website, you can find out about, and comment upon, consultations currently under way.

We have two calendars with the latest information about recent and planned consultations; they are updated regularly.

We are sharing these so that users, providers and stakeholders know our plans in advance, can see what Ofsted will be consulting on, how and when, and can read about what has happen as a result of consultation.

The calendars will be updated regularly. We will keep completed consultations, so people can refer back to the findings and see what action has been taken.

Inspection of local authority private fostering arrangements

Closing date: 19 May 2010

Ofsted has been asked by the Department for Children Schools and Families to inspect local authorities’ private fostering arrangements for a second time. The purpose of this consultation is to seek a wide range of views from those who have an interest in, or expertise relating to, private fostering arrangements in order to ensure that the inspection framework takes proper account of the needs and circumstances of all interested parties but above all the needs of the children and young people who are privately fostered. Therefore we are particularly interested to hear from privately fostered children and young people.

Please go to the Inspection of local authority private fostering arrangements page for its consultation document and details on how to respond.

Whistleblowing to Ofsted about local authority safeguarding services

Closing date: 18 Jun 2010

In April 2009, Ofsted set up a whistleblowing hotline to enable council employees and others working with children and young people to raise concerns with us about safeguarding practices and procedures.

There is evidence from the calls received by the whistleblowing hotline to date, that our stakeholders are not clear about Ofsted’s powers in relation to whistleblowing.

This consultation presents a revised draft of our whistleblowing policy and guidance. These aim to clarify what Ofsted is able to do when it receives such allegations – and what it is not. It also asks our stakeholders if there is more we need to do to explain matters further.

Once we have dealt with the issues raised through this consultation, Ofsted’s revised policy towards whistleblowing will be publicised through Ofsted’s website.

Please go to the Whistleblowing to Ofsted about local authority safeguarding services page for its consultation document and details on how to respond.

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We have drawn together a calendar of all planned consultation activity taking place across Ofsted until 2011.

We have also added a separate calendar showing all completed consultations since April 2009 and the published responses to these consultations.

Your voice

If you have any comments or queries about the calendar, or the consultation section in general, please email consultations@ofsted.gov.uk or click the link below.

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