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High praise for services provided to children and young people with special educational needs
14 July 2016

Services for children and young people with special educational needs receive praise from Her Majesty’s Inspector

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission today published their report from their new inspections of local areas’ services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove.

The report gives high praise to services provided by Brighton & Hove City Council and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. It highlights effective close working with parents, children and young people, local children’s groups, other NHS organisations and schools to provide better outcomes and improve the lives of children and young people.

The report says: "When an infant is identified as having, or likely to have, special educational needs and/or disabilities, immediate referral is made to the Seaside View Child Development Centre. This leads to timely support offered from the specialist health visitor both prior to and after birth. Parents report positively about the specialist advice and support they receive during this early period of diagnosis". Our community paediatrics and therapies staff based at Seaside View Child Development Centre provide some of these services.

"The speech and language therapy service is cohesive and strong. Exceptional leadership and management mean there are full complements of therapists who support schools very effectively to deliver excellent programmes for children".

"There is excellent delivery of the healthy child programme. All statutory visits for the under-five population take place with robust arrangements to ensure that all new families are visited. Families with children who are not meeting their early milestones are identified in a timely manner.”

“Practitioners work in a cohesive and flexible way to meet the needs of families, children and young people” at Seaside View Child Development Centre, Brighton General Hospital.

School nurses act effectively on information gathered through health questionnaires for children in their first year of primary or secondary school. Where necessary, well-coordinated healthcare plans are drawn up to support individual children’s identified needs. These plans are discussed appropriately with parents and school staff.”

“Children benefit from strong support from the health service. For example, health passports ensure that practitioners are aware of children’s and young people’s needs, and how to communicate with them. There are also effective specialist dental and continence services available. Families were very positive about their experience of these services.”

Kate Pilcher, Deputy Chief Operating Officer Children’s and Specialist Services, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust said: “I am really proud of the comments about our children’s services contained within the findings, which are hugely positive and reflect the hard work and enthusiasm of all our teams in Brighton & Hove. We are fully committed to meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, ensuring they receive high quality services and are supported to achieve their full potential.”

The full report is available here.

Further information about children’s services provided by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is available online: www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/services.