Please find our Documents Library which we hope will support parents/carers, and professionals 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 012CAM34 893362.
Early Help Assessment
An Early Help Assessment (EHA) is designed to help a child receive the right support at an early stage.
If you are a healthcare or school professional, please submit all Early Help Assessments and TAF paperwork to EarlyHelpHub@Bedford.gov.uk
Supporting Team Around the Family (TAF) paperwork can be downloaded here:
An EHA should be only used for children and families who require Early Help services or support.
If your concern is of an immediate safeguarding nature please contact us here.
NHS Multidisciplinary referral form
Referral Hub - Cambridgeshire Community Services
The Referral Portal is an online referral system that will help to streamline the referral process for children and young people into our specialist community health services.
Currently, only our Community Paediatric services across Beds and Luton will use the new referral system via the portal, but gradually over time we will be bringing our other specialist services online. Please note: this means we can only accept referrals for children registered with a Bedfordshire or Luton GP.
The aim of this Referral Portal will be to enhance data security, will enable referrals to be made to multiple services using one referral process and is part a programme to establish a single point of access for all CCS Children’s Services in Bedfordshire and Luton.
Bedford Borough SEND Team Documents for Parents/Carers and Schools
Forms for Parents/Carers and Young People
Funding Levels for EHCP Plans
Bedford Borough SEND Quality Assurance documents
Bedford Borough Educational Psychology Team Documents
Please see below a range of useful douments and links.
Educational Psychology Team services for schools that buy back the service
Quality First Teaching guides
Please see below the following Quality First Teaching Guide
Bedford Borough Council's Documents
In alphabetical order
Bedford Borough Council's Parent/Carer Guides for Statutory & Post School Age’ Transport
Bedford Borough Council's Strategies
Bedfordshire Health Policies
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.