27th May 2020

Supporting Children and Young People with Special educational needs and disability and their families (SEND) Inspectors want to hear from you

Are you a parent carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability?

Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and CQC (Care Quality Commission) are currently undertaking a joint inspection of SEND Services in Somerset, referred to as the Local Area.

They will be visiting Somerset next week, starting Monday, 9 March. They are inspecting how well the Local area have worked together to put the SEND reforms into place including services that are available to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The Inspection Team will have reviewed a great deal of information in preparing for the inspection and during their time in Somerset they will want to hear the experiences of children, young people, parents & carers. This will give Ofsted /CQC insight into how services in the county meet people’s needs and improve lives. 

Here’s how you can get involved:

Children and young people with SEND and their families are encouraged to take part in Ofsted’s online survey (webinar) which is open now so you can give your feed-back: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/663355561400173313

*The webinar is open until 11.59pm on Tuesday 10 March 2020.

There is an open parent meeting on Wednesday 11 March 6-7pm at Albermarle Centre, Taunton, TA1 1BA – all are welcome.

Somerset Parent Carer Forum are providing alternative ways for you to get involved if you can’t attend the meeting or access the webinar got to https://somersetparentcarerforum.org.uk/

Councillor Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “This inspection is an important milestone for the Council and its partners. It is our opportunity to demonstrate the work that is going on across the county to help and support children and young people with SEND.  

“We know there are areas of strength to build on, and, of course, we also know there are areas where we need to get better. Inspections like this are challenging, but they’re a chance to learn and make improvements.

“I encourage children and young people and families to complete the online survey to give the inspectors a realistic view of how the service is meeting their needs.” 

“If you are looking for help and support with SEND in Somerset visit our Local Offer website, https://choices.somerset.gov.uk/025/local-offer/ . It has lots of information on services and support available locally to prepare children and young people for adult life.” 

For more information on the inspection, go to: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/education-learning-and-schools/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-send-area-inspections/ .

Visit Somerset’s Local Offer website to find out more about help and support in the county for children and young people with SEND and their families: https://choices.somerset.gov.uk/025/ .

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