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Bradford local area SEND Inspection - WSOA

All services supporting children and young people with SEND were inspected by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in March 2022.

As a result, Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) were asked to produce a Written Statement of Action (WSoA) outlining how it would make improvements to five areas of service where there were significant weaknesses in local practice.:

  1. Poor communication between stakeholders across education, health and care.
  2. The variable quality of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), including plans which do not fully describe the provision that children and young people with SEND need.
  3. The inconsistent delivery of the 0 to 19 health visiting, school nursing and specialist nursing services.
  4. Children and young people wait too long for assessments, treatment and diagnosis.  There is insufficient support for children and young people with SEND who are waiting for provision, services, diagnosis or equipment.
  5. Education, health, and care services do not work together well.  The arrangements for joint commissioning are underdeveloped.

Bradford’s WSoA explains what we are going to do to make improvements. 

Written Statement of Action updates

Progress updates

Initial documents

SSPB Updates

If you would like to find out more about how you can participate in the improvements, please email someone from the team would be happy to meet or put you in touch with someone that may be better suited to answer your queries. 

Joint statement

“As a partnership we are determined to have the best services possible for all children and young people with SEND across the Bradford District. Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have recognised that we have clear and detailed plans in place that will help us deliver this. We welcome the scrutiny that they have given to our plans.”

“We will be working together with all our partners, including parents/carers, young people, health services, social care and school leaders, to make sure we put these plans into action so that we can improve outcomes for children and young people across our district.”

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