THE findings of an official report regarding children with special educational needs and disabilities have caused concern this week.

The in-depth analysis has revealed some of the borough’s most vulnerable youngsters are being let down.

Ofsted joined forces with the Care Quality Commission to put together the dossier and the results make for some uncomfortable reading.

It highlighted “significant areas of weakness”.

Watchdog inspectors identified parents had been given inadequate support and incorrect information, while doctors had failed to share vital health information with other professionals plus some patient records were out-of-date.

Also, nine children had been “lost” within the system with inspectors highlighting that these youngsters could not be found quickly enough.

So, it’s little surprise Thurrock Council and Thurrock’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been told to act fast and make sure the situation improves.

Councillor James Halden, who looks after health and education, has responded swiftly saying work is already ongoing with parents and the young people affected and the council was “fully committed” to ensuring the issues identified are addressed, and soon.

It certainly has to be, and we look forward to reporting on how these failings are put right in the not too distant future.