Joint targeted area inspection of the multi-agency response to children and families who need help
This report is based on five joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) of the multi-agency response to children and families who need help. We reviewed the practices of individual agencies, as well as the effectiveness of multi-agency working arrangements, including across children’s social care, health services, schools and the police.
The inspections took place between December 2022 and March 2023. All the areas were different in the way they were thinking about and delivering family help.
The findings in this report consider the extent to which agencies work collaboratively with partners to identify children and families who need help, as well as how they intervened to support these children and deliver this help.
The five local areas inspected were Bedford Borough Council, London Borough of Harrow, Sunderland City Council, Surrey County Council and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.