Joint SEND inspections reveal inadequate support in many areas

More than half of local areas in England are failing to offer acceptable levels of support for children with SEND, figures suggest.

Compiled by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), the figures show that 100 of England’s councils and healthcare providers have now had their joint services inspected – and 51 have failed to meet the required standard.

The charity has revealed the findings after analysing reports published since joint Ofsted and Care Quality Commission local area SEND inspections began in 2016.

When carrying out inspections, inspectors look for evidence of how children and young people with SEND are identified, how their needs are assessed and met, and how they are supported to move on to their next stage of education, the world of work and wider preparation for adulthood.

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