The RQIA has launched a public consultation seeking views on proposals to publish its inspection reports on children and young people services.

This consultation opens from 14 July 2022, for a 14 week period, closing on 20 October 2022.

Briege Donaghy, RQIA’s chief executive, said: “At present, while RQIA publishes findings of inspection relating to adult health and social care services, we don’t publish those relating to children’s services. While this approach aims to protect the privacy of children and young people using these services, this prevents the wider public, including those with a direct interest in such services from having information about the quality of these services, and how they are functioning.

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“In developing our consultation proposals, we engaged with a range of representative organisations and individuals with an interest in the provision of services for children. We would welcome your views on our proposed way forward, which involves publishing inspection reports in an anonymised format, which will aim to continue to protect the identity of individuals, and the location of services, while ensuring the wider public is informed about the quality and delivery of these key services.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the consultation can do so at www.rqia.org.uk/who-we-are/get-involved/latest-consultations/ or through an RQIA online consultation event.  

Full details of these will be available on the RQIA website and promoted via RQIA’s Twitter account @RQIANews in the coming weeks.

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