Joint area special needs and disability inspection letter published

Inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission visited Camden in March to look at how well services for children and young people in the local area are implementing the government’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms, as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

Their letter, which sets out the inspectors' findings, is a positive assessment of the high quality of Camden’s services in early years, education, health and social care. It recognises the strong partnership working that exists across the borough between the Council, health partners, our schools, early years services, colleges and other professionals to enable early identification and continuing support for children and young people with SEND and their families.

Councillor Angela Mason, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life, said:

“This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of everyone working in local services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The inspectors praised the range and quality of Camden’s services and the way the council and our partners work together. They have also identified some areas where they think we can improve and I know that we are already focusing on improvement in these areas.”

Dr Neel Gupta, Chair of NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“This is a hugely positive report and is testament to the quality of leadership, the strength of partnerships and the dedication of the teams within Camden which clearly helps children, parents and carers in our local communities. There are some areas in which we need to improve and we will work collectively with colleagues at the council and other partners to improve the services that we offer.”