North Tyneside CCG News

Ofsted and the CQC inspection of SEND services

Thu 11th November 2021

An Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection of special, educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services begins in North Tyneside on Monday 15 November.

The inspection will assess both the council and its partners to see how effectively they fulfil their responsibilities for children and young people (from birth to 25) with special educational needs and/or disabilities. In North Tyneside, these are provided by professionals in education, health and social care, as well as nurseries, schools or colleges and specialist therapists.

Over the course of the five-day inspection, inspectors will meet managers and leaders from the area’s education, health and social care services and look at young people’s case files. They will also review the support provided by the local area for some individual children and young people to better understand how well services meet their responsibilities overall. They will also spend time visiting early years settings, schools, further education providers and specialist services.

The views of children and young people with SEND, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible.

There are several ways in which children, young people, parents and carers can engage with the inspection process and contribute their views:

As part of the inspection, Ofsted and the CQC is inviting all parents and carers of children and young people with SEND to participate in a survey about their experiences of the local system. It’s open until Thursday 16 November at 11.59pm. If you know of anyone who would like to complete it, you can find it here: North Tyneside Council Local Area SEND inspection: parents and carers views (
Alternatively, you can email their contributions to

The North Tyneside Parent Care Forum will also be holding two sessions online for parent/caters to meet with the inspector/s and share their views. Both sessions will take place on Tuesday 16 November,  12-1pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm. Please email to take part. Places are limited to 10 per session and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.