Ofsted and Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Walsall in terms of services and support for children and young people with special education needs and / or disabilities.
A joint statement from Councillor Chris Towe, portfolio holder for education and skills at Walsall Council and Dr Anand Rischie chair, Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
“We are sorry that some children and their families have not received the offer and quality of service they need. We recognise improvements must be made and that young people and their families deserve much better services and we fully intend to deliver on this.
“We will build on the things which we know from the inspection serve children and families well already, and we’ll do this in partnership with parents, carers, children and young people, as well as other partners. This gives us the opportunity to plan and provide good and sustainable services for Walsall.”
“Working with a range of health and social care partners as part of our Walsall Together Partnership we will establish effective governance arrangements for the provision of blended health and social care that will enable us to improve services and outcomes for children and young people with SEND.”
“It is pleasing to see that the report notes newer initiatives such as Multi-Disciplinary Team support for under 5’s with complex needs and child health assessments from the community nursing team are having a positive impact; and we will continue to build on this great work and support our system partners with areas for development.”
“Walsall Council and the CCG are working closely together on a written statement of action which will set out how weaknesses highlighted in the report will be addressed.”
Jo Yarnall, Chair of Walsall Parent Forum Group FACE said:
"As the report states there are a number of improvements that are needed to make sure that the children and young people who have special education needs and disabilities and their families and carers get the right support.
We are encouraged that the council and health will take these findings on board. The council have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FACE that sets out how we will work together in the future. We look forward to working closely with them and all the service providers to address the issues raised in the report and will continue to advocate for the voice of the children and young people and their families to ensure sustainable service improvements are delivered and that all children and young people with SEND have the opportunity to fulfil their potential"
Ofsted have today published the report for the Walsall local area and can be found here https://files.api.ofsted.gov.uk/v1/file/50075533