Area SEND Inspection

Area SEND Inspection

Ofsted and the CQC (Care Quality Commission) will be carrying out an inspection of the local area (Cambridgeshire).

The inspection will focus on how well the area meets the needs of children and young people aged 0-25 who have special educational needs or disabilities. The inspection team will be in Cambridgeshire for one week, starting on Monday 20th March. Below is a letter from the inspectorate which gives you more information about this and which invites those of you who care for children and young people with SEND to take part in the inspection.

Dear Parents/Carers

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection  of your local area. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:

  • identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.

The views of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible.

The inspection will also include an online webinar to allow other Cambridgshire County Council parents and carers to contribute. The webinar will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, 21st March 2017. It will led by the lead inspector, who will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively Cambridgeshire County Council is fulfilling the above responsibilities.

If you would like to take part in this webinar then please follow this internet link  http://LASENDCambridgeshire
If the inspection team visits your child’s provider or setting, you may have an opportunity to meet with the inspector when they do so. Further details of these opportunities will follow separately.
We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases.

Information on local area duties toward children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be found on the Department for Education’s website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers.

Yours sincerely
Gaynor Roberts
Her Majesty’s Inspector

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