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Dorset SEND written statement of action

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What the statement is and why we need it

In January 2017, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) did an inspection of services in the Dorset area (not including Bournemouth or Poole) for children and young people with SEND.

The inspectors were looking at how organisations, including Dorset County Council (DCC), health services and schools were carrying out the changes to government policies for children and young people with SEND.

While they said we're doing some things well, they also found 4 weaknesses where we could be doing better. They told us to write a statement of action to say what we're going to do to improve.

The statement sets out:

  • how we'll work together to make services better for children and young people with SEND
  • what we'll do to improve on the 4 weaknesses the inspectors found
  • how we'll know if things are better for children and young people with SEND

What the inspectors said

These were the 4 weaknesses in SEND services in Dorset that the inspectors found:

  • education, health and social care needed to work better together and take responsibility for making life better for children and young people with SEND
  • we were taking too long to turn statements of special educational needs into education, health and care plans (EHCPs) and to complete new EHCPs suited to each child's or young person's needs
  • parents and carers were worried about delays in getting help, not getting enough support or information and not being involved in making decisions about their children
  • we were not doing enough to check how well we were doing, or to challenge and support organisations to do better

What we're going to do about it

We will take the following actions to improve services for children and young people with SEND in Dorset.

Work better together

We will:

  • have one plan for SEND in Dorset, shared by education, health and social care services
  • identify children's needs and offer help earlier on
  • make sure the people with the right skills work together to meet children's and young people's needs

What better will look like:

  • services will be more reliable, on time and easier for families to access
  • parents and carers will have more trust in our services and know we are working together to help you
  • children and young people with SEND will do better at school and college
  • children and young people with SEND will be better prepared to become adults

Get it right first time, on time for each child and young person

We will:

  • complete all legal assessments and plans on time (20 weeks)
  • turn all statements into EHCPs by the end of March 2018
  • make plans to meet each child's or young person's needs
  • make sure professionals have the skills and knowledge they need

What better will look like:

  • you will be able to get information and support more easily
  • if your child needs a specialist assessment, it will be done quickly and result in a good plan suited to their needs
  • plans will change over time to meet the changing needs of children and their families
  • all statements will be turned into EHCPs by the end of March 2018

Talk to, listen to and involve children, young people and their families

We will:

  • involve children, young people and their families more in the decisions made about them
  • give children, young people and families access to better information about help, support and services
  • improve what it feels like for children, young people and families to get help and support
  • make sure people working with children, young people and families have the skills and knowledge they need to communicate and work well with them to meet their needs

What better will look like:

  • children, young people and their families will feel they are listened to and that their views and wishes are acted on and respected

Have strong checks to make sure services are good and keep improving

We will:

  • make sure everyone shares responsibility for making things better
  • make sure all organisations are always checking how well they're doing
  • share information with each other and use it to plan services better
  • always keep trying to improve, particularly the quality of EHCPs

What better will look like:

  • we will share the responsibility for making life better for children, young people and their families
  • we will use information to plan excellent services to help children and young people with SEND achieve what they and their families want
  • we will produce high quality EHCPs

How we'll know if things are getting better

We'll know how well we're doing by looking at things including:

  • the number of EHCPs completed on time
  • the number of assessments completed on time
  • how well assessments and plans meet children's and young people's needs
  • what parents, carers, children and young people tell us about the help and support they receive
  • how long people wait to receive specialist help
  • how much value for money services give us
  • what schools and other settings tell us about the support they receive

How we'll know if anyone is better off as a result:

  • whether children and young people are meeting the outcomes in their plan
  • how well children and young people are doing at school
  • how often pupils are absent from school
  • how many pupils are excluded from school
  • how skilled our staff are and how they feel about their work
  • how parents and carers feel about the support they and their children are getting

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