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OFSTED and CQC (Care Quality Commission) Inspection of SEND Provision

This content has been prepared by Ofsted and shared with Local Authorities to explain how children, young people, parents / carers and professionals can get inolved and give their views during an Ofsted and CQC inspection.

There are several ways to engage with the inspection process and contribute your views:

  1. The inspection will include an online recorded webinar to allow London Borough of Ealing parents and carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities to contribute. The webinar will be available from 12 noon on Monday 14 January 2019 until midnight on Tuesday 22 January 2019.
  2. Parents and carers who would like to take part in this webinar can follow this internet link to register:
  3. Parents /carers can contact their local Parent and Carer Forum to request details of how they can attend the discussions which will be held between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC inspection team.
  4. Parents and carers can email their contributions to
  5. Details about the local area SEND inspection will be available on your local authority’s website and distributed through the local area’s Clinical Commissioning Group/s (CCGs). Information about how children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities can share their views about the local area’s effectiveness should be included in the local offer. 

While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that go back to before the implementation of the reforms in September 2014 it important that this date is used as the start for the judgements made for the new inspection.

We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases.

During this inspection, the inspectors will collect information about children and young people in the area. They will be looking at local area records, speaking to area officers and leaders at educational settings, and speaking to children, young people and parents or carers.

No names will be recorded, but some of the information collected may be capable of identifying a particular child, young person or adult. Ofsted and CQC will use this information to prepare their report, and for the purposes set out in their privacy notices. No information will be published that identifies any individual in the inspection report.

More information is available in the Ofsted and CQC privacy notices which can be found here:

Ofsted’s Data Protection Officer is the Director, Digital and Information who may be contacted at

CQC’s Data Protection Officer is the Head of Governance and Legal Services who may be contacted at

Information on local area duties toward children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be found on the Department for Education’s website:

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