Guidance

Local area SEND inspections: information for families

Information for families about inspections of local area services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Applies to England

Documents

Joint inspections of local area special educational needs or disabilities (or both) provision

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In April 2021, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission began revisiting areas where we had significant concerns about SEND provision when we last inspected them. We began full SEND inspections to areas that have not yet been inspected under the new framework in June 2021.

Areas we will revisit

Information for families

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspect local areas together to see how effectively they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Ofsted and CQC carry out inspections in line with the Local area special educational needs and disabilities inspection framework and Local area special educational needs and disabilities inspection handbook for inspectors.

Published 9 June 2016
Last updated 4 October 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added revisit dates and survey details for Luton Borough Council and the London Borough of Merton.

  2. Added revisit dates and survey details for South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council.

  3. Added revisit dates and survey details for Bristol City Council.

  4. Added revisit dates and details of the webinars for Kent County Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

  5. Added re-visit dates and survey details for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

  6. Added re-visit dates and survey details for Central Bedfordshire Council.

  7. Added re-visit dates and survey details for the London Borough of Wandsworth.

  8. Added revisit dates and survey details for Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.

  9. Added revisit dates for Devon County Council.

  10. Added revisit dates for Essex County Council.

  11. Added revisit dates for Liverpool City Council.

  12. Minor correction to inspection dates for Council of the Isles of Scilly.

  13. Added inspection dates and survey details for the Council of the Isles of Scilly

  14. Added inspection dates and survey for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and revisit dates and survey for North East Lincolnshire Council.

  15. Added inspection dates and survey for City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

  16. Added inspection dates and survey for Buckinghamshire County Council.

  17. Added inspection dates and survey for London Borough of Hounslow.

  18. Added inspection dates and survey for Blackpool Borough Council.

  19. Added inspection dates and survey for Cheshire West and Cheshire Council, and revisit dates and survey for Sheffield City Council.

  20. Added dates and survey details for Kirklees Metropolitan Council.

  21. Added dates and survey details for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

  22. Added inspection details for Darlington Borough Council and re-visit details for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

  23. Added inspection details for London Borough of Barnet and re-visit details for Peterborough City Council.

  24. Added dates and survey details for a re-visit of Staffordshire County Council.

  25. Added inspection dates and survey details for North Lincolnshire Council.

  26. Added dates and survey details for an inspection of London Borough of Newham and a re-visit of Thurrock Council.

  27. Added inspection dates and survey details for Bracknell Forest Borough Council.

  28. Added inspection dates and survey details for Manchester City Council.

  29. Added inspection dates and survey details for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

  30. Added inspection dates and survey details for North Tyneside Council and Torbay Borough Council.

  31. Added inspection dates and survey details for Islington and Nottingham.

  32. Added revisit dates for Worcestershire County Council.

  33. Added inspection dates and details of the survey for Tameside.

  34. Added inspection dates and details of the survey for East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

  35. Added revisit dates and details of the survey for Swindon.

  36. Added inspection dates and details of the survey for Croydon.

  37. Added dates and survey details for an upcoming inspection of Slough Borough Council and a re-visit of Derby City Council.

  38. Added inspection dates and details of the survey for Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

  39. Added inspection dates and details of the survey for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

  40. Added inspection dates and details of the webinar for Wolverhampton City Council.

  41. Added inspection dates and details of the webinar for Warwickshire County Council.

  42. Added inspection dates and details of the webinar for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

  43. Added inspection dates and details of the webinar for London Borough of Haringey.

  44. Added inspection dates and webinar details for London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

  45. Added inspection dates and details of the webinar for Reading Borough Council.

  46. Added visit dates and webinar links for Sunderland City Council.

  47. Added visit dates and webinar links for Richmond Upon Thames.

  48. Added visit dates and webinar details for Birmingham City Council.

  49. Added visit dates and webinar details for Cheshire East Council.

  50. Added visit dates and webinar links for Northumberland County Council.

  51. Added visit dates and webinar links for North Somerset Council

  52. Added visit dates and webinar links for Wokingham Borough Council and Newcastle Upon Tyne.

  53. Added visit dates and webinar links for Leicester City Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

  54. We've removed inspection visit information, as we are temporarily suspending all routine inspections of schools, further education, early years and social care providers.

  55. Added dates and links for Worcestershire County Council, Darlington Borough Council and Cheshire West and Chester County Council.

  56. Added dates and links for London Borough of Westminster and Somerset County Council.

  57. Added dates and links for Norfolk, Hampshire and Lancashire County Council's.

  58. Added dates and links for the London Borough of Sutton revisit.

  59. Added dates for Leicestershire County Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

  60. Added dates and links for Bedford Borough Council revisit and a visit to Shropshire Council.

  61. Added dates and links to gather views ahead of a visit to the London Borough of Lambeth and a revisit to Durham County Council.

  62. Added webinar dates and links for Medway Council, Salford City Council and York City Council.

  63. Added dates for Isle of White Council inspection and webinar link.

  64. Added webinar link for parents and carers to share feedback for Central Bedfordshire Council.

  65. The local area SEND inspection of the City of York will no longer take place Monday 11th November to Friday 15th November 2019. Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will announce the details of a revised inspection date in due course.

  66. Added dates for City of York Council visit and the link to the feedback survey.

  67. Added visit dates and webinar link for the London Borough of Wandsworth.

  68. Added dates and link for families to give feedback for Coventry City Council.

  69. Added the visit dates The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Oxfordshire County Council and Kingston upon Hull. The feedback survey dates and links are also available for families and cares to give their views.

  70. Added dates and webinar link for Essex County Council.

  71. Added links to gather views ahead of a visit to the London Borough of Bromley and a revisit to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council.

  72. Added dates and webinar links for Portsmouth City Council, London Borough of Harrow and Middlesbrough Borough Council.

  73. Added dates and webinar link for South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council.

  74. Added dates and webinar links for Merton and Peterborough.

  75. Added visit dates and webinar link for Bury Metropolitan Council.

  76. Added revisit dates for the London Borough of Brent.

  77. Added revisit dates for Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

  78. Added details of an inspection (Cumbria) and revisit (Waltham Forest).

  79. Added dates and webinar link for Bath and North East Somerset Council.

  80. Added inspection/revisit dates for Calderdale, Camden, Wokingham, Surrey and Sandwell.

  81. Added inspection dates and webinar details for Stockton-on-Tees and Walsall Borough Councils.

  82. Added inspection dates and webinar details for Kent County Council.

  83. Added inspection dates and webinar details for London Borough of Ealing.

  84. Added inspection dates and webinar details for Liverpool City Council.

  85. Added inspection dates and webinar details for Warrington Borough Council and Devon County Council.

  86. Added details of future inspections: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and Luton Borough Council.

  87. Added inspection dates and webinar details for Swindon Borough Council.

  88. Added inspection dates for Staffordshire County Council and Sheffield City Council

  89. Added inspection dates and webinar details for Milton Keynes.

  90. Added inspection dates and webinar details for Lincolnshire, Southend-on-Sea and Northumberland.

  91. Added inspection dates and webinars links for North East Lincolnshire

  92. Added inspection dates and webinars links for London Borough of Southwark and Birmingham City Council.

  93. Added date and webinar link for Wigan inspection.

  94. Added date and webinar link for Redbridge inspection.

  95. Added inspection dates and webinar link for West Berkshire.

  96. Added inspection dates and webinar link for North Somerset.

  97. Added details of upcoming inspection of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

  98. Added inspection dates and webinar for Leicester.

  99. Added inspection information and webinar for Cheshire East.

  100. Details of SEND inspection of City of London Corporation 12 to 16 March, and details of webinar on 9 March added.

  101. Added details of an upcoming local area SEND inspection for Worcestershire.

  102. Upcoming inspection of Redcar and Cleveland local area added.

  103. Upcoming inspection of London Borough of Havering added.

  104. Added details of an upcoming local area SEND inspection for West Sussex.

  105. First published.