Following the Ofsted and CQC local area special educational needs and disability (SEND) inspection report, Lancashire is now required to submit a Written Statement of Action within 70 working days, due to the significant concerns set out in the report published 16 January.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“I note with serious concern Ofsted and CQC’s comments on special educational needs and disability provision run jointly by Lancashire County Council and the CCG.

“Many constituents have previously written to me with concerns and complaints/seeking support on these issues which are supported by the findings in this report”

“It is alarming to have confirmed numerous failings in Lancashire, including the failure of leaders not working together to deliver necessary reforms and that children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities not being a priority for leaders.

“I have written to the Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council and the Chief Officer at West Lancashire CCG to ask them to answer the charges made in the report and to ask for each of the cases I have previously raised to be re-examined.

“The Department for Education and NHS England have organised a meeting with the county council and CCG at which we will be told how they intend to address the concerns raised by inspectors and make the necessary improvement in services.”

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