Ombudsman complaints about special educational needs at alarming level

Children with special educational needs and disabilities are increasingly being failed by the system designed to support them, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.

In its latest report about the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan process, the Ombudsman has revealed it is now upholding nearly nine out of every 10 (87%) cases it investigates - a startling figure compared with its uphold rate of 57% across all cases it looks at, discounting SEND cases.

 

CDC's response: 

We continue to be extremely concerned about both the inability and unwillingness of local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to carry out their statutory responsibilities to children and young people with SEND.

This timely and welcome report from the Local Government Ombudsman adds to the growing evidence that this is a system in crisis and we expect that these findings, alongside the recent National Audit Office report and the much anticipated select committee report, will provide a significant amount of evidence for the Government’s SEND review.