Durham area visit

The Durham Local Area will be re-visited by Inspectors from OFSTED and the CQC between 22 and 24 January to look at our progress on delivering the reforms to services received by children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  The area was inspected in November 2017 and four areas of concern were found by inspectors;

  • Governance and Strategic Oversight
  • Co-Production
  • Joint Commissioning
  • Performance Monitoring and Quality Assurance

The revisit will look at how we have improved in these areas during the two years since the 2017 Inspection.  As well as health services, the Inspectors will look at education and social care which are provided by Durham County Council.
Inspectors want feedback from parents, carers and young people to form a major part of their assessment of the local area.  Inspectors have developed a survey with our Parent Carer Forum, Making Changes Together, which will be open for a week between Friday 10th January and Tuesday 21st January.  The survey can be found here;

If you care for a child who has special educational needs (regardless of whether or not your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)), please complete the survey, we very much would like Inspectors to hear from you.
Inspectors will also hold three focus groups for parents to meet Inspectors.  These will be held on;

  • Wednesday 22 January at 6:30pm

Committee Room 2, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ

  • Thursday 23 January at 12:30pm

Bamburgh Suite, Stanley Civic Hall, Front Street, Stanley, DH9 0NA

  • Thursday 23 January at 12:30pm

Ash Room, Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4EH

If you have a child in education who has special educational needs, you will receive a letter, via your child’s education setting (nursery, school or college) with more detail about the visit.
Please contact Making Changes Together for further information, including alternative ways of participating in the re-visit.  Further details are also available on the Durham Local Offer website.

County Durham Local Offer

The “Local Offer” provides a wide range of information for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) available via the following link http://www.countydurhamfamilies.info

This information provides details of all services, including health provision, that may help you or your child as they progress from birth to 25 years old, during their time in education.

What information is included in the Local Offer ?  It includes:

  • sources of support, advice and information
  • education, health and care provision
  • arrangements for identifying and assessing children and young people with SEN
  • how services can be accessed (including eligibility criteria) and how decisions are made
  • arrangements for supporting children and young people move between school phases
  • services to support young people in preparing for adulthood and independence
  • leisure activities
  • arrangements for disagreement resolution, complaints, mediation and appealing to the SEN Tribunal
  • information on the review and development of the Local Offer itself.

How to use the Local Offer

To find what you need, you can select a topic or age category. You can also search by keyword(s) and/or postcode/location. You can narrow (filter) results, show results on a map, or even add results to a shortlist to tailor them to your child and family’s needs. Further details about your search can be found in the more information< area.  Local Offer help videos are also available in English, العربية, 普通話, Polski

Can’t find what you are looking for?

Visit the ‘For families<‘ section which has additional information and services. If you still can’t find what you are looking for let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

Joint Local Area SEND inspection

County Durham benefited from a Joint Local Area SEND Inspection which considered how well the 2014 SEND reforms have been implemented across the Local Area since their coming into practice. The inspection team focussed on how Durham assesses and meets the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and reported on strengths and areas for development.

The inspection was led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors from Ofsted, with a team of inspectors including an Ofsted Inspector and a Children’s Services Inspector from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and took place between 27 November 2017 and 1 December 2017.

Here is the Written Statement of Action

Progress on the WSOA and a new “You Said , We Did” section will be available on Local Offer pages.

A joint local SEND strategy has been developed and can be found here