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Norfolk Area Ofsted and CQC SEND inspection

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a joint area inspection in March looking at the county’s effectiveness in implementing the 2014 disability and special educational needs reforms.

In common with more than half of areas inspected, Ofsted and CQC determined that Norfolk should prepare a Written Statement of Action to address areas in need of improvement.

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They found that the county has an ambitious and well-planned strategy in place but that this was new in its implementation and had not yet had time to show a significant impact.

Inspectors said that the area need to produce a statement on how it would tackle three key areas: delays in Education Health and Care Plans; provision for young people as they move into adulthood and communication with parents and carers.

Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group have produced a statement of action outlining what steps will be taken to further improve support for children with special educational needs and disabilities in Norfolk. It addresses the areas of weakness identified by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in their March 2020 inspection. Find out more about the SEND Written Statement of Action (WSoA).

Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group have pledged to continue to improve services for children with special educational needs with their far-reaching, ambitious, well-planned and securely financed transformation plan.

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