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NEWS: Richmond Council celebrates recognition of SEND provision following Ofsted inspection

Following an inspection led by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission, Richmond upon Thames Local Area SEND provision has received recognition that it demonstrates positive outcomes for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Achieving for Children (AfC) works closely with the Council’s Adult Social Care services and the NHS South West London Integrated Care Board to deliver services for children and young people with SEND. Under the new inspection framework, this judgement reflects the consistent hard work demonstrated across education, social, and health sectors. The inspection report acknowledged the improvements made to the Council & Children’s Services and the commitment of all partners.

Councillor Penny Frost, Chair of Education and Children’s Services Committee, said:

“We are delighted to have achieved the highest recognition under this new inspection framework, acknowledging the significant progress made in our children’s services and the results are a testament to the unwavering commitment and hard work demonstrated across education, social care, and health services in the borough.

 “This success is not just a reflection of our officers’ dedication but also a demonstration of our firm belief in the potential of every child with SEND. The most successful communities are those that provide safe environments for our young people to grow so we will continue working diligently to ensure that Richmond upon Thames remains a place where young people with SEND are supported, heard, and given every opportunity to thrive.

The Ofsted report highlighted key aspects of the SEND provision, emphasising that young people with SEND are at the centre of professional decision-making. It went on to note that young people feel empowered to shape their futures and needs are identified accurately and assessed promptly, by ensuring that providers have the necessary resources for referrals and identifying additional needs.

Professionals are commended for getting to know children with SEND, providing the right help and support in a timely manner. The report also acknowledges a variety of opportunities for children to participate in the community, nurturing their talents and interests. Additionally, leaders demonstrated high ambitions for children and worked strategically with the multi-agency SEND Futures Plan.

Ian Dodds, Director of Children’s Services for the Council said:

“We are incredibly proud of the recognition our collaborative efforts have received in the recent Ofsted inspection. Achieving for Children, in close partnership with the Council’s Social Care services and the Integrated Care Board, has worked tirelessly to ensure that young people, and their parents and carers, are not just recipients of care and provision,  but active participants in shaping our local offer. We all recognise that there is more to be done, and the revised SEND Futures Plan will ensure that we take key improvements forward, working collaboratively with parents and carers, children, young people and all our partners.



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