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SEND Local Area Inspection - Parent Letter

Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service has prepared a letter for parents and carers providing information on the anticipated Local Area Inspection of Special Educational Needs and Disability Services for children, young people and their families. The letter can be accessed by clicking here.



Parent Letter

December 2019

Dear parents and carers,

Wolverhampton is preparing for a local inspection. The inspection will examine how well Wolverhampton identifies, assesses and meets the needs of children and young people (0-25) with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND).

In 2014 there was a significant change to the legislation around SEND, often referred to as the 'SEND Reforms'. The reforms created a major overhaul to systems and set out an ambitious new way of working with children and young epopel with SEND. Following the reforms, an inspection programme was announced to look at how well local areas have embedded these changes to make a difference to children and young people and the outcomes they achieve. Wolverhampton is waiting for this inspection.

The inspection will be carried out by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It is important to note that it is an inspection of the local area and will include education, health and social care. The inspectors will focus much of their time on speaking to parents, carers, children and young people about how well Wolverhampton is responding to the needs of local families.

The inspectors like to hear from parents/carers before the inspection to gain some understanding of how services are received and an awareness of any challenges. There will be an online webinar the week before the inspection takes place which aims to gather as many views as possible. Inspectors also like to meet parents at face-to-face meetings during the inspection.

The Information, Advice and Support Service would like to encourage you to have your say at an important time. We would encourage you to share your experiences whatever they may be so that the inspectors hear from local families about what things are really like. Ultimately, the inspection will help Wolverhampton to develop and improve things for families. If you have had a positive experience, it is important to share it to provide evidence of what works well. We do not have date for the inspection yet but please look out for details so that you can be involved.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have prepared an inspection handbook and framework which can be found online here -

Local area SEND inspections: information for families

Thank you in advance for your involvement.

Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service

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