Improving special educational needs services for Lancashire’s young people
Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board is set to receive report into the progress of special educational needs and disability reforms.
By Local Democracy Reporter Paul Faulkner
The first formal report on work undertaken to improve special educational needs services for children and young people in Lancashire will be presented to an influential committee of local authority and health officials next week.
The Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board (LHWB) will be told of the progress made since a damning OFSTED and Care Quality Commission inspection in November 2017.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) service in the area covered by Lancashire County Council was criticised for failing to put young people and their families at the heart of nationwide reforms to improve their experiences.
The report highlighted “bewilderment and confusion” amongst parents and carers about how decisions were made involving their children.
It also sparked a political row, with the Conservative administration – elected six months previously – stating the report referred to the period when Labour was in charge at county hall between 2013 and 2017. Labour blamed national government cuts.
The presentation to the LHWB will come just over a week before the second monitoring visit to the county by NHS England and Department of Education officials to assess progress. The first such visit, in April, yielded positive feedback.