South Tyneside CCG News

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection

Wed 19th June 2019


Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out a joint inspection in South Tyneside from Monday 24 June 2019 to Friday 28 June 2019.

This inspection will evaluate South Tyneside’s effectiveness in:

  • identifying the needs of children and young people with SEND
  • meeting the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.

During this inspection, the inspectors will collect information about children and young people in the area. They will be looking at local area records, speaking to area officers and leaders at educational settings, and speaking to children, young people and parents or carers. No names will be recorded, but some of the information collected may be capable of identifying a particular child, young person or adult. Ofsted and CQC will use this information to prepare their report, and for the purposes set out in their privacy notices. No information will be published that identifies any individual in the inspection report.

More information is available in the Ofsted and CQC privacy notices.

The CQC privacy statement is also available.

Ofsted’s Data Protection Officer is the Director, Digital and Information who may be contacted at

The CQC’s Data Protection Officer is the Head of Governance and Legal Services who may be contacted at

How can local children, young people, parents and carers contribute their views during this local area inspection?

There are several ways in which children, young people, parents and carers from your provision can engage with the inspection process and contribute their views:

  1. The inspection will include an online recorded webinar to allow South Tyneside‘s parents and carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities to contribute. The webinar will take place from 12 noon on Monday 17 June 2019 until 11:59pm on Tuesday 25 June 2019.

Parents and carers who would like to take part in this webinar can follow this internet link to register.

  1. Parents and carers can contact their local Parent Carer Forum to request details of how they can attend to the discussions held between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC inspection team. The local authority must also provide details of this meeting.
  1. Parents and carers can email their contributions to
  2. Details about the local area SEND inspection will be available on your local authority’s website and distributed through the local area’s Clinical Commissioning Group/s (CCGs). Information about how children and young people with SEND can share their views about the local area’s effectiveness should be included in the local offer.

Important information for parent and carers

While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend before the implementation of the SEN reforms in September 2014, it is important that the views that are shared with inspectors relate to experiences from this date onwards.

We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases. The inspection team will consider all communication from parents as part of the evidence when evaluating the effectiveness of the local area.

Information on local area duties toward children and young people with SEND can be found on the Department for Education’s website.

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