Please find our Documents Library which we hope will support parents/carers, SENDco and any others working in SEND to find the information they need quickly.
If you would like a document in a different format please email Local.Offer@bedford.gov.uk
Documents related to individual services will remain attached to their service entry in the directory section of the site and should be searched for by team.
Most documents will open in a separate window and can then be downloaded.
Some other documents are designed as templates for you to work on so are not saved as PDFs.
These documents will download automatically when you click on the link and can then be opened and worked on.
Local referral forms
CAMHS Self Referral form Young people or parents/carers who live in Bedfordshire can now self-refer to their local CAMH service. The team will screen all referrals for risk and need. For any referrals that we are unable to accept during these challenging times, support will be provided in the form of psychoeducation and self-help. If you dont have access to the internet please call 01234 893362.
Early Help Assessment - Use for referrals into Early Help Services, Education Psychology, Parenting and Autism Advisory Teachers
Integrated Front Door (previously MASH) using the referral form - use to refer if you think a child or young person is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child.
Speech and Language Therapy Pre-School referral form (New Link May 2022)
Speech and Language Therapy School age referral form (New Link May 2022)
Bedford Borough SEND Team Documents for Parents/Carers and Schools
Forms for Parents/Carers and Young People
Funding Levels for EHCP Plans
Bedford Borough Council's Documents
Bedford Borough Council's Policies
Bedford Borough Council's Strategies
Bedford Borough Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
The Bedford Borough Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a local assessment of current and future health and social care needs.
As a council, we have a duty to improve the health of our population.
To help with this, we use data and information from a range of sources, including hospitals, to understand more about the nature and causes of disease and ill-health in the area.
The JSNA is an essential tool used by the Health and Wellbeing Board. The Board uses is to assess the needs of the local population and sets out how these needs will be addressed.
The JSNA is a living document. It is published in its entirety with over 80 chapters, each dealing with a different topic across the life course. The chapters are updated regularly, depending on when new information becomes available. To view the chapter on Children/Young People with Special Educationa Needs and/or Disabilites click here
JSNA annual summary 2019 (PDF) aims to distil the key issues from the JSNA and present the headline priorities. Wherever a phrase appears in bold, the dedicated chapter can be found on the website with all the relevant statistics, evidence and the detailed recommendations listed in full.