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What are Scrutiny Bootcamps and why are they important?

Scrutiny Bootcamps are informal events in which a group of Estuary Housing Association's residents and staff get together to scrutinise a service. Before the day of the Bootcamp, the Customer Engagement Team work closely with 2 Scrutiny leads from the Federation of Estuary Residents to plan activities and other ways to find out what our residents really think about the service we provide. We like to ensure that they are purely resident-led. Scrutiny Bootcamps are important because we want to make sure the services we provide are efficient and work well for our residents and for us. By the end of the Bootcamp sessions, residents have a list of recommendations for change which get sent to our managers to consider. The Scrutiny Leads monitor the agreed recommendations to ensure that Estuary Housing Association is putting them in place.


Meet the Scrutiny Leads

Scrutiny Lead: Julia Davis

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Deputy Scrutiny Lead: Lynda Buckley

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Most recent Scrutiny Bootcamp

Our most recent Scrutiny Bootcamp was about our complaints and feedback service. Thank you to the residents who got involved and helped with this review. Please see the final report below which details the recommendations that residents put forward to improve the service. 


Next Scrutiny Bootcamp

Keep an eye out for our next Scrutiny Boot Camp. Further information will be posted on this page and across our social media channels. 

If you would like to attend the next Boot Camp, email involvement@estuary.co.uk to book a place and for further information. 


Video from our first ever Scrutiny Bootcamp

Check out our video summary of our first ever Scrutiny Bootcamp held in March 2019. We received 100% positive feedback from everyone who came. The majority of attendees said it was enjoyable, informative and useful.


National Award for Quality Assured Scrutiny

In September 2017 we received the National Award for Quality Assured Scrutiny. The award is presented on behalf of TPAS, CIH and Housemark.
We are very proud of our Resident Scrutiny and The Customer and Community Engagement Team for achieving such a prestigious award.


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What Is Our Role Within Estuary?

Formerly known as the Estuary Residents Services Review Panel (ERSRP), Scrutiny is part of co-regulation for residents to give feedback to their landlord, hold them to account and help improve services. Scrutiny is part of Estuary's governance arrangement and so acts as a critical friend. We are tenant owned and tenant-led, enabling the voice of all residents to be heard; our primary objective is to improve services for all Estuary's residents by holding our landlord to account.

Scrutiny involvement will prove a customer led assessment of the services offered to residents. This could involve identifying good practice from other organisations or making recommendations for improvement. You may be required to take an in-depth look at the way services are provided, to identify where improvements are needed and how services should be improved. 

New this year......

We are holding bootcamps. Any resident can attend to give their view on a particular service and to help us come up with recommendations for improvement. Once we have completed a review we will present our findings and recommendations directly to the Services Committee made up of Estuary Senior Management and Board members. The Customer and Community Engagement Team then report back with an action plan so the Federation of Estuary Residents (FER) jointly with Scrutiny are able to monitor progress on the agreed recommendations.

Our First Review

Our first major review was completed at the start of 2014 looking into Estuary's Void Properties Procedure. The review focused on Value for Money surrounding the service, resident satisfaction, the standard of the void refurbishment and the needs of residents being met. Five recommendations were made and all were agreed, these included gifting any fitted flooring or sheds to the new residents if they wanted them, deep cleaning sanitary wear rather than replacing it each time a property became void and, including residents in void inspections by using the 12 Resident Inspectors.

The committee recently completed a review on former tenant arrears which was also well received by the organisation, and look forward to seeing their recommendations implemented.

The Estuary Residents Service Review Panel was recently short listed for the Customer Scrutiny Inspection Awards 2015 for the Most Inspirational Scrutiny Panel - Traditional Housing Association, for their work on the Voids Project.

If you would like to request a copy of this report, please contact the Customer and Community Engagement Team by emailing Involvement@estuary.co.uk or call 0300 304 5000

Scrutiny Reports Library


Full printed versions of all documents are available on request.
GEMS Scrutiny Report 2019
GEMS Scrutiny Review with Management Response 2019

GEMS Scrutiny Review with Management Response 2019

[pdf] 1.3MB

Voids Project 2018
ERSRP Voids Project 2018

ERSRP Voids Project with Management Response 2018

[pdf] 492KB

Anti Social Behaviour Report 2018
Antisocial Behaviour Report 2018 Report 2018
[pdf] 467KB
Antisocial Behaviour Management Response

Management Response 2018
[pdf] 208KB

Communications Report 2017
Communications Report Light Touch

ERSRP Communications report [pdf] 584KB

Communications Report Final Management Response Final Management Response 2017
[pdf] 183KB
EBS Rep Scrutiny Report 2016
EBS Rep Scrutiny Report

EBS Website Copy with Management Response.pdf [pdf] 436KB


Do You Have a Suggestion for a Service Review?

Or Maybe You Would Like to Give Feedback on One of Our Previous Reports?

If so, then please fill out the online form. Or, if you prefer, please print this form off  and send it to:

Customer Engagement Team,

Estuary Housing Association,


Centre Place,

Prospect Close,


Essex SS1 2JD.

All requests will be fully considered although we cannot guarantee success. You will be contacted within 16 working days by a panel member to advise whether the request was successful. If your request is not successful, ERSRP will advise you of other ways you may be able to get your issue resolved.