NDCS’s response to the Care Quality Commission report on the closure of Westgate College for Deaf Young People

5 April 2016

In the light of the CQC report on the closure of Westgate College for Deaf Young People, National Deaf Children’s Society is calling for improvements in the way the quality of provision is assured for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our society.

Brian Gale, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the National Deaf Children’s Society said: “It was devastating news for many families last year when Westgate College for Deaf Young People was forced to close, without a suitable alternative education provider being available.

 “We are extremely concerned about the serious nature of the safeguarding issues CQC uncovered at Westgate College for Deaf Young People as safeguarding of vulnerable children and young people is of paramount importance to us.

“The failings that have been uncovered from this inspection report demonstrate that highly vulnerable deaf children and young people have been let down by the system.  The Care Quality Commission acted swiftly but there is a need to consider whether its remit and powers could be extended to enable it ensure an improvement plan is implemented.

 “We would therefore like the government to undertake a review to see what lessons can be learnt so that other children and young people do not go through the same ordeal elsewhere. We will continue to support families and young people who are still struggling to find appropriate education alternatives.”

Any families affected should contact our Helpline: call 0808 800 8880* or email us, helpline@ndcs.org.uk


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For further information please contact Charlotte Coombes: 0207 014 1149,charlotte.coombes@ndcs.org.uk or Priya Manek at priya.manek@ndcs.org.uk

0207 014 1146

 

Notes to Editors

·         The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families.

·         There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK, including more than 3,500 in Scotland. The National Deaf Children’s Society helps deaf children and young people thrive by providing impartial, practical and emotional support to them and their families, and by challenging governments and society to meet their needs.

·         The National Deaf Children’s Society believes that every deaf child should be valued and included by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.

·         For more information visit www.ndcs.org.uk.  For further support, parents can contact the National Deaf Children’s Society Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text), emailhelpline@ndcs.org.uk, or chat online at www.ndcs.org.uk/livechat