Ofsted and CQC inspection

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of Kent between 28th January 2019 and 1 February 2019 to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

The inspection identified a number of areas of significant weakness. These were set out in a letter which was published on the Ofsted website on 29 March 2019.

As local leaders from education, health and social care we were disappointed with this outcome but accept that we hadn’t progressed as quickly and effectively in meeting the expectations of the Children and Families Act 2014, as we should have. However, we are committed to working in partnership to make the necessary improvements for children and young people with SEND and their families.

As a result of the inspection the local area was required to develop a Written Statement of Action to show how we will make these improvements.