Can Ofsted inspectors see child protection files?
I asked Ofsted this question, and this was their reply.
“Our policy team say that they don’t see any need for schools to anonymise the case files that they present to inspectors.
The school inspection handbook sets out the evidence that schools should make available at the start of the inspection and this includes: a list of all pupils who are open cases with children’s services/social care and for whom there is a multi-agency plan.
It’s important that inspectors have access to open cases so that they can track how effectively those pupils have been safeguarded by the school, working with the local authority and other relevant agencies. But of course inspectors don’t include personal data about individual cases in their reports.”