Ofsted have announced that it will perform more intensive, child focused, unannounced inspections of child protection services.  For the first time, inspections will include talking to children and parents.  The aim is to cut red tape and to put children and their families at the centre of the system.

Inspectors will shadow social workers, inspect case files, look at examples of good practice and observe how effectively they work with outside bodies such as the police, charities, schools and hospitals.

The new system will come into force from May.