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Ofsted/CQC report published

Between 17 and 21 October 2016 Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) jointly inspected the effectiveness of the Surrey local area in implementing the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) reforms of the Children and Families Act 2014. The inspection report has just been published.

Family Voice Surrey fully agrees with the overall findings of the inspection which align with the evidence that we and associate organisations gave to the inspectors. The main aim of the reforms is to place the children and young people with SEND and their families at the heart of decision making and service development and delivery; while there have been significant positive changes in local area leadership and strategic intent and many initiatives have started across education, health and care to address the SEND reforms, insufficient progress has been made at the level of individual children and their families, leading to strong parent dissatisfaction and low confidence levels.

The local authority and clinical commissioning groups must now produce a Written Statement of Action to submit to Ofsted/CQC within 70 days, setting out how the identified areas of concern are going to be addressed.

As Surrey’s official parent carer forum, we will continue to work as a critical friend and partner within the local area in developing the Statement and beyond, seeking to improve SEND services, service experience and outcomes for children, young people and families in Surrey. In particular, we will be looking to the local area for an acceleration of the pace and scope of the reforms to more rapidly deliver improvements in early identification of needs, co-produced tailored support for individual families, greater community inclusiveness and better life outcomes for our children.

A key factor in successfully making that step change will be an increased involvement of SEND children, young people and families in planning, development and delivery of the reforms. We are already looking at how, through our members and associates, we can best meet this challenge and make the most of the SEND transformation intended by the reforms.

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