This morning Ofsted and Care Quality Commission notified Surrey County Council of the start of Surrey’s Local Area SEND Inspection. The inspection will look at education, health and care services for children with additional needs and disabilities (otherwise known as SEND) in Surrey, to assess their experiences and outcomes. You can find out more about the inspection and what it may mean for you on the Local Offer website.

The Inspection

The inspection process for Surrey starts today and will last for three weeks.
Here is a brief summary of how we anticipate the next three weeks will look:

  • Week one (w/c 11 Sept) – the first week of inspection will focus on information sharing and distribution of a Survey to parents/ carers, practitioners and children and young people with SEND. Inspectors will also select individual children and young people to be part of the inspection process.
  • Week two (w/c 18 Sept) – Inspection timetable is agreed, virtual meetings with leaders, staff and some families from the local area.
  • Week three (w/c 25 Sept) – Inspectors will be onsite and use timetabled meetings to gather evidence. At the end of this week inspectors will feedback initial findings to the local area partnership.

Have Your Say …

The inspectors want to know about the help and support that children and young people in Surrey with SEND get, so please have your say!

His Majesty’s Inspector, Emma Leavey, has written to Surrey stakeholders about the inspection and the surveys available via the link below to Children and Young People (11-25)Parents and Carers, and Practitioners.


Area SEND inspection for Surrey Local Area Partnership (

Your answers are confidential.
Please note that the surveys will close at 9am on 19 September 2023.

How can I find out more about the Local Area SEND Inspection?

Click on the links below to learn more about what about what a local area SEND inspection is and what to expect.

This following GOV.UK document sets out the framework and handbook for inspecting local area arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). It was devised jointly by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for use from 2023 and will be periodically reviewed and amended.

Area SEND inspections: framework and handbook – GOV.UK (

Click here for inspection guides for parents, carers, children and young people about inspections of local services for children and young people with SEND, including Easy-Read and BSL versions:
Area SEND inspections: information about ongoing inspections – GOV.UK (

Next Steps

We will be in touch soon with updates as they are shared with us.
If you have any questions about the Local Area SEND Inspection, or anything else SEND related, please do get in touch. Details of how to do so are below.You can send us an email or give us a call.
Email us at: or call: 01372 705708.Tell us your Story vis this link Tell us your Story – Family Voice SurreyClick on the following links to join our:
Main Facebook page
Family Voice Surrey: Parent/Carer Chat and Questions closed Facebook group our District & Borough Coordinators – attend events and join your local FVS Facebook group: