Ofsted and the CQC launch new consultation on SEND inspection

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have today launched a consultation on their proposals for inspecting how local areas are meeting their responsibilities to disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs (SEND).

Following the passage of the Children and Families Act 2014, Ofsted and CQC were invited by the Minister for Children Families, Edward Timpson, to formally inspect local areas on their effectiveness in fulfilling their new duties. The new inspection framework is expected to be in place by May 2016.

The consultation seeks views on a number of proposals for the new inspection arrangements, including how children and young people with SEN and disabilities and their parents can be involved and what information should be considered in the inspection process.

The consultation will run for 3 months and will close on 4th January 2016.

Philippa Stobbs, Assistant Director at the Council for Disabled Children said,

These joint inspections appear to be very much focused on improvement and will help to assess how local agencies and services are working together to identify and meet needs. We are delighted that the inspections are going to draw on the views of children and young people themselves as key partners in the local approach and that the consultation clearly anticipates their contribution to shaping the framework during the consultation.

The consultation on the inspection of local areas’ effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who are disabled and/or have special educational needs, is online at the link below.