In 2015, the Home Office published a report on Tackling child sexual exploitation. This included plans for a new system of inspections to assess how local agencies work together to protect children.
Between April – August 2016, Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation carried out Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAIs) of the multi-agency response to CSE and children missing from home, care or education in South Tyneside, Oxfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, Croydon and Liverpool.
Key agencies which were inspected include children’s social care; the police; adult probation services; youth offending teams; health services; local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs). The Time to listen report presents the findings of these JTAIs.