In June, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission inspected the local area of Richmond to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. As a result of the findings of this inspection the local authority and clinical commissioning group are jointly responsible for producing a Written Statement of Action that explains how the area will tackle the following area of significant weakness.
Over time, the area’s transition arrangements have not been effective at identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people. In particular:
- What young people need after the age of 16 is not identified early or well enough. This means providers do not know enough about how to meet young people’s needs. Young people do not have enough support for a successful transition to adulthood.
- The annual review process has benefited from recent improvement but still leaves many parents not informed quickly enough about its outcome. The annual review at Year 11 is not used well enough to inform post-16 provision.
- The objectives in Education, Health and Care Plans are not focused sharply or early enough on developing the independence of children and young people.
- Transition pathways in health are not embedded across the full range of services.
Parents and carers in Richmond interested in supporting the improvement of local services are invited and encouraged to join a face-to-face, drop in, workshop style meeting on Monday 11 October to help inform the content of the written statement of action. There will be a choice of two sessions, 11am to 1pm and 7.30pm to 9.30pm. These two sessions will focus on our vision, how we will know if changes have made a difference and how parents and carers can be involved.
The venue will be: Hyde Room, York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA.
If you are unable to attend but would like to share comments, please email or call Yeasmin Murtaza-Ali:
Phone: 07564 047665