Support for Children and Young People

Find out the support and information available for special educational needs and local offer for children and young people in North East Lincolnshire by visiting:

www.nelincs.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-and-local-offer/support-children-young-people/

Ofsted Inspection 2018

NELPPF (North East Lincolnshire Parent Participation Forum) welcomes the outcome of the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Local Area Inspection. The Ofsted report highlights a number of areas for improvement as well as some areas of strength, it will help us all make sure that vulnerable children and young people’s needs (0-25) are identified and met going forward.

Following the report NELC (North East Lincolnshire Council) and NELCCG (North East Lincolnshire Commissioning Group) will need to prepare and submit a joint Written Statement of Action (WSOA) to Ofsted within 70 working days of receiving the final report.

NELPPF and SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) will be working closely with them to prepare the WSOA, which when approved will be published on both the NELC and NELCCG websites, and the local offer.

Progress against the WSOA will be closely monitored by the Department for Education (DfE) and NHS England with regular follow up visits.

NELPPF would really welcome involvement from as many parents as possible to make sure you can voice your views about how to make the improvements with SEND Provision in North East Lincolnshire.

If you want to know more about and / or be involved in this vital piece of work please visit NELPPF’s Facebook page or contact them through the NELPPF website.

Cllr Kath Wheatley, Cabinet member for children’s services, said the authority welcomed and accepted the findings of the area report and was determined to work alongside other agencies involved across North East Lincolnshire to deal with the issues raised.

“While it was pleasing to see frontline staff praised for their work in the report, we fully accept that there is work to be done and the issues raised need to be recognised as everyone’s business, not just education services and providers etc, but also in the wider health and social care agenda,’’ she added.

“We’re fully committed to working together to find ways of providing the best level of service within the budget we have available, but we also need to understand that this is not just a North East Lincolnshire issue- the National Association of Headteachers last week reported that 94% of its members were finding it hard to deliver the SEND support required because of the wider funding pressures across the public sector and just 2% of those who replied said that they had enough money to support SEND pupils.

“However, notwithstanding that, there are a number of lessons to be learned from the report,, but I’m confident all those involved in this field in North East Lincolnshire have the determination and ability to move forward and tackle the challenges highlighted.’’

Jan Haxby, Director of Quality and Nursing at NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG said: “It is really clear from this comprehensive and very welcome report where the work needs to be done by the council and CCG to fully understand the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This will enable us to put the right services in place to do our part in ensuring all children and young people in North East Lincolnshire have the same opportunity of a bright future.

“The need to tackle this at a strategic level should not detract from the hard work and compassion of dedicated teams working in special needs across a range of services which is one of the many positives highlighted in the report.”