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Children: East Sussex

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of East Sussex’s services for children with disabilities. (141887)

I have been asked to reply.

Ofsted with other inspectorates are currently undertaking a joint area review of children’s services in East Sussex, which will report in the autumn.

This will include making a judgment and reporting specifically on services for children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

The high-level annual performance assessment of local authority children’s services undertaken by Ofsted, with, until 2006, the Commission for Social Care Inspection, does not make a scored judgment specifically on services for such children. However, it considers such services in reaching a judgment on the council’s overall performance on children’s services. The letter summarising the 2006 annual performance assessment of East Sussex, issued by the two inspectorates on 1 November 2006, notes as a key strength the family support service for children with disabilities.