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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.

This means they need special health and education support, which we shorten this to SEND. 

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

SEND Team 

Send Team have two distinct roles:

  • to assess education, health and care (EHC) needs
  • monitor education, health and care plans (EHCP)

SEND Advice 

SEND Advice are different to the SEND team (above) and operate at 'arm's length' from the Council. They offer impartial and confidential advice if your child or young person has special education needs and disabilities (SEND).  

SEND inspection

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission inspected the local area of Bedford Borough on 5- 9 February 2018 to judge how effective we were in implementing the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.

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.

SEND Statement of Action Bedford Borough (PDF) 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.