I have written previously, in critical terms of the demanding and bureaucratic nature of Welsh Government inspection regimes i.e. Estyn, CSSIW and HIW (Health Inspectorate Wales) and their lack of joined up thinking.
Towards the end of last year (perhaps beginning of this year) Wrexham's Local Safeguarding Children's Board was inspected by a team that consisted of representatives of CSSIW. HIW, Estyn together with HMIC (Police Inspectorate) and HMIP (Probation Inspectorate) spent 3 days there looking for bad practise to justify their existence. A few months later Wrexham's LSCB amalgamated with Flintshire and 10 months later CSSIW produced its report on Wrexham LSCB, which frankly has little value because of the structural changes.
The CSSIW also produced an overarching report on all 19 LSCB's in Wales and the most interesting part for me was this:
LSCBs operate within a complex framework of partnerships and
organisational structures. These include Health, Social Care and Well
Being Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships, Children and Young
People’s Partnerships (CYPP) and Local Service Boards (LSB); four
police authorities, seven local health Boards and 22 local authorities. On
the one hand, this results in many of the same people sitting on more
than one partnership, which can lead to the responsibilities of the
partnerships becoming blurred (e.g. some CYPPs taking responsibility for
safeguarding) and on the other hand a range of different people from one
agency being involved in different partnerships and there being little
clarity about how the cross cutting issues are dealt with.
Doesn't this just sum up what is wrong with the whole system?
Welsh Government creating partnerships and Welsh Government Inspectorate criticising them because they don't understand how they are supposed to work together; were they supposed to work together? If the Inspectorate don't know how it all works together then we would be hard pressed to explain how these partnerships deliver outcomes for children
I shall say it again, what is needed is a rationalisation of the bureaucracy; we cannot afford to have more people checking than we have doing.