Concerns Raised

After a recent investigation into the region’s ability to help those with special educational needs the CQC and Ofsted have released their findings.

The report, which was made in October, was released yesterday. Concerns were raised in a number of areas, though many areas were also praised. Some of the concerns include:

  • Weaknesses and inconsistencies in the leadership creating barrier to implementation of reforms.
  • Too many children and young people do not have their needs identified and assessed well.
  • Lack of coordination between professionals and services.
  • Inconsistent level of support given to families.

Council and CCG Statement

Hull City Council and Hull CCG released a joint statement following the release of this report. It acknowledged the areas where the service needs to improve and accepts the findings of the investigation.

The statement reads:

We take these findings extremely seriously and acknowledge that change needs to take place in the short and longer term. This process has already started.

We would like to reassure all children and young people with SEND, and their parents and carers that we have a new team committed to raising standards. We are working together with the Hull Parents’ Forum to improve services.

Our aspiration remains that all children in this city get the right help at the right time.

Laura Jones, from the Hull Parents Forum, also shared her thoughts on the findings:

Hull Parents Forum would like to express their gratitude to all parent/carers who were involved during the Inspection to give their views to Ofsted/CQC. Parents are aware of the issues and the Hull Parents’ Forum is committed to working together to be a critical friend to Hull City Council /CCG ensuring the parental voice is central in addressing the areas of weaknesses identified in the report and improving SEND services in Hull.

Praise Also Given

Although the report did raise several concerns it did also highlight areas in which the local council are performing well, including:

  • The high quality of the Short-Break Service
  • Children and young people being fully involved in activities linked to Hull UK City of Culture 2017
  • The delivery of early years provision in a joined up way leading to improved outcomes for children

One of the key areas praised was the work of the Frontline staff in the region:

Frontline professionals are working hard to make a positive difference to children and young people who have SEN and/or disabilities and their families.

There is a strong commitment from parents and carers to work with local area leaders to change the experience of families and improve their children’s outcomes.

Councillor Phil Webster, Portfolio Holder for Learning, Skills and Safeguarding Children, said:

We take on board the findings of the report and the council, by working with Hull CCG and local partners are determined to address the findings that have been highlighted to us within this inspection in order to improve services and outcomes.

It is encouraging to see areas of strengths, especially highlighting the strong commitment and the efforts of frontline staff to support local families and improve the lives of children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.

We are confident that we will improve and take the service forward in the future.

Plans for Improvement

Hull City Council and Hull CCG have announced they are planning ways to improve. They announced the creation of a Written Statement of Action. This statement will outline ways they will improve to meet the needs of those requiring assistance.