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Updated guidance for parents on SEND inspections.

Updated guidance for parents on SEND inspections.

In May 2016, the two inspectorates, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), started a new type of joint inspection. The aim is to hold local areas to account and champion the rights of children and young people.

Under the Local area special educational needs and disabilities inspection framework, inspectors review how local areas meet their responsibilities to children and young people (from birth to age 25) who have special educational needs or disabilities (or both).

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1. Background

Children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (or both) often receive a number of different services. These could be provided by nurseries, schools or colleges and specialist therapists, as well as professionals in education, health and social care.

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for these children and young people. The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice was updated to reflect these new duties.

In particular, the local area health, social and education services need to work together to:

  • publish a ‘local offer’ setting out the support and provision in the area for children and young adults with special educational needs or disabilities (or both)

  • provide accessible information to children and young people, as well as parents and carers, about the services and support available in the local area

  • work with children and young people, their parents and carers, and service providers to make sure that any special needs or disabilities (or both) are identified as early as possible

  • assess (in co-operation with children and young people and their parents and carers) the needs of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (or both) who may need an education, health and social care plan (EHCP)

  • produce an EHCP for all children and young people who are assessed as needing one (all relevant agencies should cooperate to do this and involve the children and young people and their parents and carers)

  • provide children and young people with the support agreed in their EHCP, and regularly review their plans

2. Inspection teams

The inspection teams will include:

  • a Her Majesty’s Inspector with enhanced specialism in special educational needs and disabilities

  • a CQC specialist children’s services inspector

  • an Ofsted inspector (usually a serving practitioner in another local authority) specially recruited and trained in special educational needs and disabilities issues

All inspectors have been trained fully for these inspections.

 

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