It’s Official – Special Educational Needs and Disability in Crisis in Derby

August 28, 2019 8:55 PM

Derby Liberal Democrats protesting at cuts to Teaching Assistants pay with Teaching Assistants and Unison Trades UnionOfsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have published the results of their inspection of Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) services in Derby which they carried out in June 2019.

The report states that "The inspection raises significant concerns about the effectiveness of the local area."

Both the Council and the NHS are now required to produce a Written Statement of Action to Ofsted that explains how the local area will tackle the following areas of significant weakness:

  • The failure of the local area to take the joint commissioning actions required to implement the reforms across education, health and social care
  • The lack of an overarching coproduced strategy for improving provision for and outcomes of children and young people with SEND
  • The number of significant weaknesses in the EHC processes, timeliness, quality and outcomes of plans
  • The long-term systemic issues with waiting times to access a large number of key services
  • Poor parental engagement with plans for local area SEND provision and high levels of parental dissatisfaction."

Commenting, Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Ruth Skelton said, "Sadly this report comes as no surprise to us. For over five years parents have been telling us how bad things are. We raised their concerns, but until recently our protests were dismissed. We have seen the beginning of some positive changes, but many families still have a continuing battle just to get what they are legally entitled to."

Cllr Danielle Lind, who chairs the Council's Children & Young People's Scrutiny Board said, "I'm pleased that all these problems have been brought out into the open by this inspection report. Both the Council and the NHS need to work with families and front-line professionals to turn Derby's performance around. The Scrutiny Board will be playing an active role too."

The Government is significantly underfunding Special Needs education and in Derby the Council projects a £4m funding gap this year alone. This is not acceptable, and we demand better for Derby.

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