Bristol City Council to Face Re-inspection of Send Provision

Bristol City Council education, social care as well as health services, will be getting a visit from Ofsted and the CQC next month. It’s part of Ofsted’s reinspection process following a failed initial Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Send) inspection in 2019. This resulted in the Local Authority as well as health having to create a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) to tackle areas of ‘significant weakness’.

A letter warning Bristol of inspection dates was received by the city this week. A copy for parents and carers has begun to be distributed, informing them of how to contribute and feedback opinions about how the council has improved services against its WSoA.

A survey will be opening on Monday 26 September as well as an email address, allowing families to contact Ofsted directly with their experiences and opinions.

Bristol Ofsted Send Re-inspection

The letter says:

Letter to be circulated to parents and carers by Bristol City Council.

Re-visit of Bristol City Council from Tuesday 4th October 2022 to Thursday 6th October 2022.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly a re-visit of your local area following the previous inspection that took place between 30th September 2019 to 4th October 2019.

The re-visit will evaluate how effectively leaders have addressed the areas of significant weaknesses detailed in the written statement of action (WSOA). The re-visit will be carried out in line with updated guidance about the return to Area SEND inspection, you can read this guidance here.

During the re-visit, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible, specifically about the weaknesses identified in the WSOA. These meetings may take place online

How can local children, young people, parents and carers contribute their views during this local area re-visit?

There are several ways in which children, young people, parents and carers can engage with the re-visit process and contribute their views.

The inspectors will gather the contributions of parents and carers through an online survey and a range of other methods.

  1. Parents and carers who would like to take part in this survey can follow this internet link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BristolCityCouncilRe-visitLASEND/. The survey will open at 12 noon on Monday 26th September 2022and close at 12 noon on Friday 30th September 2022.
  1. Parents and carers can email their contributions to Lasend.support@ofsted.gov.uk.
  1. Parents and carers can contact Bristol’s Engagement Officer, Steph Lynch stephanie.lynch@bristol.gov.uk to find out more about about how they can contribute their views during the local area re-visit.

Details about the local area SEND re-visit will be available on your local authority’s website and distributed through the local area’s Integrated Care Board [formally known as Clinical Commissioning Group/s (CCGs)].

Information gathered during the re-visit

During this re-visit, inspectors may collect information about children and young people in the area. They may look at local area records, speak to local area officers and leaders at educational settings, and speak to children, young people and parents or carers. No names will be recorded, but some of the information collected may identify a particular child, young person or adult. Ofsted and the CQC will use this information to prepare their re-visit outcomes letter, and for the purposes set out in their privacy notices. No information will be published that identifies any individual in the outcomes letter.

If you wish to know more about how we use the information, please see our privacy notice relating to area SEND on our website. If you have any concerns about our use of personal data, please email informationrequest@ofsted.gov.uk and/or theCQC at information.access@cqc.org.uk.

Information on Ofsted’s and the CQC’s privacy notices is available on the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ofsted-privacy-notices/social-care-ofsted-privacy-notice#local-area-send-inspections

http://www.cqc.org.uk/about-us/our-policies/privacy-statement

While we recognise that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend beyond the focus of the WSOA, we would like parents and carers to understand that the focus of the inspectors during the re-visit will only be the areas of significant weakness identified at the previous inspection. The re-visit team will consider how well leaders have addressed each of the areas of significant weakness detailed in the WSOA. We will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases.

You will find information on local areas’ duties towards children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities on the Department for Education’s website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers.

Yours sincerely

Phil Minns

His Majesty’s Inspector