There are "significant areas of weakness" in services for children in Cumbria with special educational needs, according to inspectors.
The Care Quality Commission and Ofsted found a range of improvements are needed to sure a better service is provided for children with physical and mental disabilities.
The report showed:
- Some parents and carers have lost 'faith and trust' in the service.
- Children, young people and their families have too little say in decisions.
- The transition from child to adult services is less coherent.
- The impact of improvements across Cumbria has been variable
- 'Lack of joint working between health, care and education' which suggests leaders across the partnership have not worked together effectively.
- John Macilwraith, Executive Director of People, Cumbria County Council
Despite criticisms the inspection, which was carried out at the end of March, highlighted a number of strengths:
- Service users have praised some front-line workers, describing them as 'going above and beyond.'
- Cumbria has a higher amount of young people with SEND in mainstream schools.
- Special schools work well together.
- Many of the most vulnerable young people are appropriately fast-tracked for diagnostic assessments.