Newham Local Partnership reaffirmed its commitment to young people with special needs and disabilities (SEND)

And promised to introduce a series of improvements following a recent local Ofsted and CQC inspection.

In a report published today (15 March), the joint Ofsted and Care Quality Commission identified six areas of weakness within Newham’s SEND services across the partnership which is made up of Newham Coucnil, health partners , schools/educational institutions and Newham Parents Forum, following an inspection in December 2021. The inspection has focused on the effectiveness of local services since the introduction of reforms in September 2014.

The report reflects the partnership’s self-assessment which highlighted the strengths and challenges of local service delivery and described Newham’s activities to address them.

During last year’s visit, inspectors spoke to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, parents and carers, as well as local authorities and NHS workers. They traveled to various settings and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they are implementing SEND reforms. They also took into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on SEND schemes in the area and explored how the area’s plans and actions had been adapted accordingly.

The inspectors identified strengths as well as weaknesses and found that local political leaders were committed to delivering the best results for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. They also found that early childhood outcomes are strong and most young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Newham attend good or better environments, doing well. Specialized institutions were commended for their delivery of high quality services.

The inspectors recognized the impact of the region’s Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCOS) and local leaders who work together to promote a better understanding of children’s needs and noted the good multi-agency involvement of education, health and care at network meetings. The report also indicates that young people with other vulnerabilities, such as children in care and those known to youth delinquency services, are well supported and their needs understood. No protection issues were found during the inspection.

The partnership will now produce a written action statement outlining how it plans to make improvements against the six priority areas identified by the inspectors. The council and North East London CCG are committed to doing this in partnership with young people, parents and carers. A series of thematic Truth and Reconciliation style workshops with external experts will be held throughout March and April based on Ofsted/CQC findings to agree on actions to be taken.

The plan will build on the work of the Newham SEND Commission, which was launched in May 2021 to ensure that young people, parents, carers and partners are at the heart of the development of the SEND and Inclusion strategy for young people. next five years, from 2022-27. The commission, which is independently led by Professor Geoff Lindsay of the University of Warwick, supported the partnership to bring together diverse perspectives and take an evidence-based approach to inform improvements and local decision making.

Councilor Sarah Ruiz, Cabinet Member for Education and Child Welfare, said: “We are totally committed to delivering the best outcomes for children and young people with SEND and are working closely with all partners to carry out our program. The independent SEND commission created last year is key to this work and its findings will be used to shape future strategy. Co-production runs through everything we do and the contribution of young people and their families is essential, as is listening to their truths. They will play an important role in our journey of improvement and we will work closely with them to develop our written statement of action. We are committed to building a truly inclusive borough, where children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can thrive in education and in our wider community and are supported to learn the skills they need. to live a fulfilling adult life.

Siobhan Harper, Director of Transition at NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘We accept the findings of the report and recognize that much more needs to be done to support our children, young people and families with educational needs. special needs and disabilities.

“Together with our local partners in health, social care and education, we are committed to addressing the priority areas raised by the inspectors and improving the quality and delivery of our SEND offer for young people. and their families in Newham.”

Ofsted’s letter to the council can be found here

The Joint Commission report on Ofsted and quality of care can be read here.

The board will provide a written action statement which is the required formal response to the report.

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