Laura Sharman 02 July 2020

County increases scrutiny of its special educational needs services

Norfolk County Council has agreed to regular scrutiny of its services for children with special educational needs after the ombudsman found it 'failed' the same boy twice.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman had previously issued a report in October 2018 after it found the council had failed to provide a boy with suitable education for eight months.

The ombudsman was asked to investigate again as he was left without proper education for nearly four months after his school placement broke down.

As a result, councillors will be provided with regular detailed analysis of the council’s special educational needs services.

Michael King, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, said: 'When we published our last report about the family’s situation, the council made steps to improve its services, but it is clear more could be done to learn from its mistakes.

'I hope that by increasing the level of scrutiny from councillors, a way can be found to ensure other children and their families do not fall through the cracks as has happened in this case.'

Cllr John Fisher, cabinet member for children’s services at Norfolk County Council, said: 'We accept all of the Ombudsman’s recommendations, have apologised to the family and paid compensation. We have issued an up to date EHCP and are confident that Y is getting the right support and education.

'This case reflects the national pressure that all local authorities across the country are experiencing when it comes to meeting the ever increasing demand from families for SEND support for their children.

'Like other local authorities, we have found it difficult to keep up with increasing demand in this area and we are sorry for that. But we have pledged to work with our health and education partners – and of course families – to improve services for children with special educational needs in our county and we have an ambitious strategy to address it, which Ofsted inspectors recognised in a recent report.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Social Worker - Physical & Sensory Impairments

Essex County Council
£45217 - £54395 per annum + Flexible Working, Hybrid, CPD
The Team The Mid Essex Physical & Sensory Impairments team support people from eighteen years old with a wide range of conditions and difficulties England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Residential Worker - Waking Nights

Essex County Council
£30232.8 - £31713.5 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pen
Residential Worker - Waking NightsPermanent, Part Time£30,232.80 to £31,713.50 per annum (includes allowance)Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Residential Worker

Essex County Council
£26834.5 - £34244.1 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pen
Residential WorkerPermanent, Full Time£26,834.50 up to £34,244.10 per annum (includes allowance)Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Domestic Abuse - Project and Programme Officer WMF1096e

Westmorland and Furness Council
£32,076 - £33,024
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Safe and Strong Communities team Kendal, Cumbria
Recuriter: Westmorland and Furness Council

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Adviser - WMF1097e

Westmorland and Furness Council
£44,428 - £45,441 Fixed term for 12 months
We are looking for someone to help lead the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Cumbria / Countywide
Recuriter: Westmorland and Furness Council
Linkedin Banner

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.