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SEND Inspection - Joint statement from Luton Council and Luton CCG

15 February 2019


A joint statement from Cllr Mahmood Hussain, portfolio holder with responsibility for children and young people at Luton Council and Dr Nina Pearson, Chair, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group:

We are sorry that some of the children and their families have not received the offer and experience of quality services they need.Whilst the outcome of the recent Ofsted and Care Quality Commission joint inspection is disappointing, we do accept it is a fair reflection of the quality of services and support offered to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

“We recognise that we need to make significant improvements and together with our health partners we are all determined and committed to offering the best possible care and services to Luton’s young people to ensure they receive better support and outcomes. We are already identifying what plans we need in place and have put in additional resources to start tackling the areas of concerns raised by the inspection.

“The inspectors did acknowledge some areas of good practice and the continued commitment of our staff including our Flying Start children’s centres that provide high quality support to some of the most vulnerable families in the town. They also noted that school leaders and parents value the work of our early help service and school improvement teams and the children’s community nursing teams offered a broad range of specialist services meeting the needs of children with the most complex health needs. They are also saw strong evidence of young people being well supported through multi-agency work resulting in their needs being better met.

“Our priority now is to develop a robust and effective written statement of action to demonstrate how we will deliver the necessary improvements. We will be working closely with our partners and engaging with our staff, children, young people and families who currently use our services to ensure our plan is fit for purpose. We are very grateful to our hard working committed staff, who despite the challenges, are determined to develop and improve services for Luton’s children and young people.”

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