My parliamentary colleagues and I have long been concerned with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision in Oxfordshire, given the sheer volume of casework we receive.
The recently published Ofsted and Care Quality Commission report into the Oxfordshire Local Area Partnership’s SEND provision validated the concerns we have had for some time now. It recognises the “widespread and systemic failings” of local SEND provision.
I have long raised constituents’ concerns with the leadership at Oxfordshire County Council, but have often found them difficult to engage with. Having met a number of parents and carers to discuss their experiences, I know how challenging it has been for them to have their voices heard.
It is right that the County Council have accepted full responsibility for their failings. They must now right their wrongs, overhaul their processes and restore confidence in the system. Those seeking help and support from the Council deserve better.
I look forward to reading the priority action plan the Partnership are now obligated to put together. I remain in regular contact with OCC's Chief Executive who has provided me with his assurances that SEND remains his number one priority.
It goes without saying that should any constituents have concerns with the support a family member with SEND is receiving, please do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try my best to help.
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