Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group have produced a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) 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 (CQC) in their March 2020 inspection.
The WSoA focuses on three areas – the timeliness of Education, Health and Care Plans, transition to adult life and communication with families. It has been produced jointly with the four parent carer groups in the county, key stakeholders and professionals.
The plan builds on the Area Special Educational Needs strategy, which Ofsted and the CQC said was an ambitious and well-planned strategy but had not yet had time to have a significant impact. It has been submitted to Ofsted, who have accepted the plan and acknowledged the commitment to work “with an urgency and commitment to create a well thought out and precise plan" in a letter to Sara Tough, Executive Director of Children's Services, Norfolk County Council, and Melanie Craig, Accountable Officer, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group.