A New Judgement for Care Leavers


Ofsted is introducing a new, separate judgement to the framework for inspecting local authority children’s services (ILACS) specifically about the experiences and progress of care leavers. The new judgement will focus on the things that matter most to care leavers’ lives, including their:

  • relationships and access to social and recreational opportunities
  • ability to influence the services they are offered
  • health and emotional well-being
  • learning and employment opportunities

Inspections will also consider whether local authorities are making good decisions for care leavers, and what they are doing to support them into adulthood.

The new judgement will be introduced in January 2023.