Research and analysis

Joint inspections of child exploitation

A summary of findings from our joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) of how multi-agency partnerships respond to child exploitation.

Applies to England



Joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) include a ‘deep dive’ investigation - an evaluation of children and young people’s experiences. This changes periodically to investigate different themes in detail. The current theme is child sexual exploitation, children associated with gangs and children missing from home, care or education.

View the framework and guidance for the joint inspection of arrangements and services for children in need of help and protection.

Ofsted published ‘Time to listen’, a thematic report outlining findings from the 5 joint targeted area inspections, in September 2016 and an addendum to this report in November 2018.

Areas inspected

Inspection reports for the following areas are published on the Ofsted reports website:

Published 14 January 2016
Last updated 25 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Timeline in Annex A updated to show 10 working days notification before fieldwork. Also updated evaluative questions in the tool for tracking children's experiences in Annex B.

  2. The previous guidance referred specifically to the sexual exploitation of children. We have redrafted the guidance to cover both sexual and criminal exploitation. The spreadsheet of additional guidance for Annex A is a new document that provides detailed information on the data request that inspectors make for these inspections.

  3. Added 'Protecting children from criminal exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery'. This is an addendum to the 2016 report 'Time to listen'.

  4. Joint targeted area inspection reports are now on the Ofsted reports site.

  5. Added joint targeted area inspection report for Dorset.

  6. Added reports for Southend-on-Sea and Greenwich.

  7. First published.