Ofsted and the CQC have published the final Area SEND inspection report of the Hertfordshire Local Area Partnership.
Read a simple summary of the report
The report found:
- We need to improve at communicating with both families and other professionals
- We need to improve the quality and timeliness of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
- We need to improve the quality of support for children and young people with SEND in Hertfordshire
- We need to shorten the time families have to wait to get support from services
- We need to improve the types of support available for children and young people in Hertfordshire.
We are doing well at:
- working with Hertfordshire Parent Carer Involvement (HPCI), our parent carer forum, to make sure parent voices are heard when planning services.
- transforming mental health services and therapies, which have been codesigned with children, young people and their families.
The results of the report
The inspection report identifies "widespread and / or systemic failings" across the local area partnership led by Hertfordshire County Council and the NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB). It is the lowest rating possible.
This means that the inspection identified failings that have "significant negative impact on the experiences and outcomes of children and young people".
The DfE have also issued an improvement notice to us (11 Jan 2024). This is standard practice in these circumstances and our priority action and improvement plan will ensure we meet the requirements of the notice.