Guidance: Local area SEND inspection: framework

Care Quality Commission

November 29
11:00 2022

Area SEND framework and handbook for January 2023

The framework for the inspection of local areas effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

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We have released a new version of the area SEND framework and handbook that will come into force on 1 January 2023. The existing guidance still applies in the meantime.

We ran a consultation on the framework and draft handbooks in summer 2022. We also ran a separate consultation for children and young people.

This framework sets out the inspection principles for local area inspections and should be read alongside the handbook.

Local areas can share the leaflet about the SEND inspections with children and young people and parents and carers.

Read outcome letters from joint local area SEND inspections.

Published 27 April 2016
Last updated 29 November 2022 +show all updates
  1. Added a link to the new area SEND handbook and framework following the outcome of the consultation.

  2. Added Re-visits to local areas issued with a written statement of action: guidance document.

  3. First published.

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