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Parents and carers of children with SEND - have your say

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Published at 7:17am 11th February 2019.

Parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have a chance to give their feedback to inspectors.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are visiting Dorset this week (11-13 February) to see how agencies are progressing with improvements following their last inspection of SEND services in 2017. At that time inspectors found that:

  • education, health and social care needed to work better together and take responsibility for making life better for children and young people with SEND
  • Dorset County Council was taking too long to turn statements of special educational needs into education, health and care plans (EHCP) and to complete new EHCPs suited to each child or young person's needs
  • parents and carers were worried about delays in getting help, not getting enough support or information and not being involved in making decisions about their children
  • more work was needed to challenge and support organisations to do better

The council produced a plan called a written statement of action to set out how it would make improvements.

'Book your place to meet inspectors'

Inspectors will visit to see what progress has been made and parents have a chance to give their feedback.

You can book a place at the inspectors' open meeting for parents and carers on Tuesday, 12 February, from 6.30pm at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education and learning at Dorset County Council, said:

"We're working hard to improve services for children and young people with SEND and it's important that the inspectors hear from parents and carers during their visit. We encourage parents to make the most of these opportunities and have their say."

More information can be found HERE at: www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/OfstedSendRevisit


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