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Joint Local Area SEND Inspection Lancashire

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Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have conducted a joint inspection of Lancashire Local Authority to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing special educational needs and disability reforms, as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

In May 2016, a joint program was established between the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted to evaluate the implementation of the reforms introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014.  The inspections would look at how well Education, Social Care, and Health Services work together to identify those children and young people (age 0-25) who have special educational needs and/or a disability, how they assess their needs and how they meet their needs.

In Lancashire, the inspection raised significant concerns about the effectiveness of the local area, with significant weakness in the quality of EHC Plans, a failure to engage effectively with parents and carers, no effective strategy to improve the outcomes of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and lack of accessibility and quality of information on the Local Offer amongst other issues identified within the report which is published on the Ofsted website LA SEND Inspection Report.

The inspection raised the types of concerns we hear about on a daily basis across many Local Authorities where parents experience significant difficulties with matters relating to EHC needs assessments and EHC Plans.

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