A 12 point action plan to improve children's services - prepared on the orders of Government inspectors - got the go-ahead from Royal Borough cabinet members on Thursday.

It follows an inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in the summer which found that although the care given to special needs children in the borough was high, some families had reported difficulties accessing services.

The inspectors required the council to produce a written plant of action, which will now be submitted to them.

Its 12 objectives include a 'preparation for adulthood' scheme with a team helping young people prepare for the next stage of life as they reach 18, plus an annual inclusion summit in March to bring young people together with schools, parents and the voluntary sector.

Cllr Natasha Airey, cabinet member for children's services, said: "We have taken on board the feedback from Ofsted and have moved quickly to put this action plan together to ensure that we, alongside health partners, schools and parents can make these essential services as accessible as possible for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities."