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Joint area SEND revisit in Southend-on-Sea.

There has been a revisit by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission looking at SEND services in Southend and that their conclusions have been published.

Between 5 and 7 May 2021, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revisited the area of Southend-on-Sea to decide whether sufficient progress has been made in addressing each of the significant weaknesses detailed in the written statement of action (WSOA) issued on 5 December 2018.

As a result of the findings of the initial inspection and in accordance with the Children Act 2004 (Joint Area Reviews) Regulations 2015, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) determined that a written statement of action was required because of significant areas of weakness in the area’s practice. HMCI determined that the local authority and the area’s clinical commissioning group(s) (CCG) were jointly responsible for submitting the written statement to Ofsted. This was declared fit for purpose on 14 May 2019.

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