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).

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

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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 17 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. We've removed inspection visit information, as we are temporarily suspending all routine inspections of schools, further education, early years and social care providers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. 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.

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

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

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

  16. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  24. Added revisit dates for Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  40. Added date and webinar link for Wigan inspection.

  41. Added date and webinar link for Redbridge inspection.

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

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

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

  45. Added inspection dates and webinar for Leicester.

  46. Added inspection information and webinar for Cheshire East.

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

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

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

  50. Upcoming inspection of London Borough of Havering added.

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

  52. First published.