External Inspections

As a public organisation, we are subject to a range of scrutiny, assessment and inspection activities in the interests of value for money.

This page provides details about the main external organisations that review and inspect the services provided by Solihull Council. There are also links to their websites so you can search for inspection reports and performance information.

External Audit Report

The External Audit Report provided to Solihull Council by the external auditors who currently are the Audit Commission. The report is the result of an external evaluation of the council's financial information and Accounting Statement.

Audit Commission

The Audit Commission is an independent public body whose responsibility includes working with local authorities and their partners to improve services for local people. This is done through audit, inspection and research activities. However, the government has announced its plans to disband the Audit Commission, and that their intention is to have new arrangements in place for auditing England's public bodies.

You can view the Audit Commission website.


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. It contributes to the provision of better education and care through effective inspection and regulation. This is achieved through a comprehensive system of inspection and regulation covering childcare, schools, colleges, children's services, teacher training and youth work. Ofsted lead on the inspection of schools and Children's Social Care Services within Solihull Council.

Link to further information about Solihull Council on the Ofsted website.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

It regulates care provided by the NHS, local authorities, private companies and voluntary organisations. It aims to make sure better care is provided for everyone -in hospitals, care homes and people's own homes. It also seeks to protect the interests of people whose rights are restricted under the Mental Health Act.

Link to further information about Solihull Council on the Care Quality Commission website.