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Shropshire Council embarks on ‘urgent’ work to improve region’s disability provision

Shropshire Council has started on “urgent” work to improve special needs and disability provision in the region.

It comes after an Ofsted and CQC inspection in January which found significant areas for improvement.

A Border Counties Advertizer report detailed how a report by Shropshire Council children’s services director Karen Bradshaw will update councillors on progress since then.

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Ms Bradshaw, who is also acting as joint chief executive of the council, writes: “Shropshire Council works in partnership with the CCG and other key stakeholders, including parents and carers, ensuring that the SEND (special education needs and disability) offer meets the needs of children and young people.

“A joint SEND CQC and Ofsted inspection took place in Shropshire across education, health and social care between January 27 and 31.”

In an inspection findings letter sent to Bradshaw, along with senior CCG figures, government inspector Lesley Yates listed 14 key findings including that strategic leadership across the area is weak.

Yates said: “This is most notable in the leadership of the CCG. The implementation of SEND reforms by the CCG has been too slow. There has been inconsistent leadership for SEND within the CCG and a lack of cohesive partnership working.”

The local news report explained how public authorities that receive critical reports are asked to compile then publish a written statement of action.

Bradshaw’s report sets out that Shropshire’s is due to be published on Friday, September 25.

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