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Parent views included in SEN reforms inspection report published today

Wednesday 18th October 2017

An Ofsted report into the progress of local authorities in England implementing the SEN reforms, has been published today.

In May 2017, 30 inspections had been completed. Parent carer forums played a key role in ensuring that Ofsted and CQC inspectors heard the views of parent carers in each of the areas that have been inspected. 

Just under a third of the local areas inspected (nine) were required to provide a Written Statement of Action (WSOA) setting out how they were going to address concerns inspectors had raised. Of those nine local areas: two were in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber regions with one each in the South East, South West, London, East of England and West Midlands regions.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Children and young people identified as needing SEND support had not benefited from the implementation of the SEN reforms Code of Practice well enough.
  • Children and young people who have SEND were found to be excluded, absent or missing from school much more frequently than other pupils.
  • Access to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) was poor in over a third of local areas. Access to therapy services was a weakness in half of the local areas inspected.
  • A child's disabilities or additional needs were identified well in the early years, particularly for those with complex needs. However, the further through the schooling system children progressed, those with more subtle needs were not being identified and supported adequately.
  • In over a third of the local areas inspected, leaders across education, health and care did not involve children and young people or their parents sufficiently in planning and reviewing their support.
  • A large proportion of parents in the local areas inspected lacked confidence in the ability of mainstream schools to meet their child's needs.
  • In the most effective local areas, strong strategic leadership had led to established joint working between education, health and care services. This underpinned their success when implementing the SEN reforms

If you are the parent of a disabled child in England and would like to have your views included in future inspections, get in touch with your local parent carer forum.  

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