Posted by: John Brace | 22nd March 2019

OFSTED and CQC criticise Liverpool City Council and Liverpool CCG for “significant weaknesses” in special education needs and disability provision for children and young adults in Liverpool

OFSTED and CQC criticise Liverpool City Council and Liverpool CCG for “significant weaknesses” in special education needs and disability provision for children and young adults in Liverpool

                                                

Mayor Joe Anderson (Chair of Liverpool City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board) 6th March 2019

Mayor Joe Anderson (Chair of Liverpool City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board) 6th March 2019

A joint inspection of Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group by OFSTED and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out in January 2019 identified “significant weaknesses”.

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspectorate determined a “Written Statement of Action” was required. Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group have been jointly required to submit this statement.

The inspection judged the effectiveness in Liverpool of implementing the disability and special educational need reforms set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

Following the inspection a letter from the inspectors to Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group highlighted many weaknesses ranging from broken promises to parents, delayed Education, Health and Care Plans, contraventions of the SEND Code of Practice and contraventions of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

Criticisms in the letter were made of Liverpool City Council, schools, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, information sharing between GPs and health visitors and transition arrangements at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Both Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group were asked to include in their “Written Statement of Action” how they will jointly tackle the weaknesses in the following areas:


  • the failure of leaders to take the necessary actions to remedy known weaknesses

  • the significant weaknesses in the EHC processes, timeliness and quality of plans

  • the underdeveloped joint commissioning arrangements for 0 to 25 SEND provision

The letter from the inspectors is due to be discussed at a public meeting of Liverpool City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board on Thursday 28th March 2019 starting at 2.00 pm in the West Reception Room, Liverpool Town Hall, High Street, Liverpool, L2 3SW.

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