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Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

A child or young person has special educational needs and disabilities if they have a learning difficulty and/or a disability that means they need special health and education support, we shorten this to SEND. [NHS explanation.

The Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies including education, health and social care.[Local Offer explanation]

We offer free, confidential information and support to parents/carers of children who have, or may have, special educational needs and disabilities. The service helps parents/carers take an active and informed part in their child's education.

Our role is to make sure each child's needs, including those of pre-school children, is identified quickly and accurately and matched with appropriate support.

We undertake statutory assessments and review and regularly monitor statements of individual need. We deliver high quality support services, including Educational Psychology, Specialist Teaching and Advisory Services.

We work closely with other agencies, including health and social care, to ensure that children with complex medical, emotional and behavioural needs and their families receive child-centred and holistic support.

Where Local Authority schools are not in a position to meet individual needs, we place pupils in non-maintained and independent special schools. We plan school provision in such a way as to promote inclusion of pupils with special educational needs.

We advise parents on the provision available to meet children's special educational needs, promote partnership with parents and represent the Local Authority at hearings of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. 

SEND Statement of Action

The local area of Bedford Borough was inspected by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission from 5 - 9 February 2018 to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

The Lead Inspector determined that Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group were required to jointly submit a Written Statement of Action which explained how the local area would improve outcomes for all children with SEND.

The Statement of Action is available at the link below - this contains the detailed actions that the Council and our partners will take to address the areas of improvement identified in the inspection and to improve services across Bedford Borough.