You Said, We Did
We want this Local Offer website and the information on it to be helpful and meaningful to you.
Parents/carers, young people and staff worked together to design this website, and to test its content and layout.
The views of parents/carers and of children and young people with SEND are important.
We want to make sure that your views about services are heard and make a difference.
We use your comments and feedback to try to make things better.
If you would like to get involved with developing Bedford Borough’s Local Offer website then please contact us
We publish responses to your comments here at least once a year.
The drop down boxes below show what has been done in response to previous feedback and queries raised to the Local Offer.
There are also drop down boxes showing our responses to concerns / issues that have been raised at Bedford Borough’s Parent Carer Coffee mornings.
If we get a comment about something that has not worked in a service we will tell the service managers.
Bedford Borough Parent Carer Coffee Morning 10th June 2019
As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency we now have a regular 'You Said, We Did' slot at Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum's Coffee Morning.
At this slot the SEND Programme Manager for Bedford Borough responds to any issues raised at the previous Coffee Morning and gives feedback on any action taken or any clarification points that may be needed.
Below is the feedback given on the 10th June to concerns that were raised at BBPCF Coffee Morning 20th May 2019:
Concern / Issue Raised
Due to funding cuts outreach staff had been made redundant who had provided positive support to a parent’s child. There had been a negative impact on this child when the funding and service had been withdrawn
The funding for this service was provided through the Education Improvement Support Grant (Bedford Borough Schools Funding agreed by a panel of Headteachers) which is a time limited funding source. Following the ending of this funding some staff did leave their positions, however the staff referred to by the parent query do have a service level agreement with the Local Authorities Early Help Service and therefore this support can still be received.
Access to this support is through an Early Help Assessment, which is the same referral route as how to access the outreach support referred to. Should there be any concerns around a child’s behaviour at school, risk of exclusion or additional support being required then an Early Help Assessment should be considered.
Concern that Carers in Bedfordshire have had to change the time for some of their sibling project groups depending on room hire. Due to this some siblings who had attended previously are now no longer able to attend
Carers in Bedfordshire have been contacted about this and their response is below:
‘Thank you for asking about Carers in Bedfordshire’s sibling carer support services.
Clubs for siblings and young carers in Bedford are held monthly for each age group – clubs for children aged 4-12 yrs meet from 5-7pm; clubs for young people aged 13-15 yrs meet from 5-7pm (those coming straight from school can arrive from 4.30); clubs for 16-17 year old young people meet from 5-7pm. Our club for young adults aged 18-24 yrs meets from 6-8pm. Clubs are held at various locations to reach more sibling and young carers.
We also provide Workshops for sibling and young carers. These are one off events so times and locations will be arranged according to the activity.
Please ring us for more information on 0300 111 1919. We have an events booklet and also use text to keep in contact about clubs and events. We’d be very happy to answer parent’s questions, so do get in touch.’
Concern raised that a local adult respite provision had raised its fees to the point that the Local Authority could not afford to match the funding and alternative placement may need to be found
Commissioning services from both adult Continuing Health Care (CHC) and Bedford Borough have met with the Director of this provision and their concerns were highlighted. They were given a period of time to send through their business plan and revised costs.
During meetings with CHC they have given assurances that all BB adults accessing this provision will not be left without support.
Concerns raised regarding long waiting times to access Chums Wellbeing Service
These concerns have been passed on to Chums who have said that there is currently not a long waiting time for their resiliency groups, however there is currently a 4 - 6 month wait for 1:1 support. The service is still open for new referrals so this wait time is remaining static at this time but the service is recruiting sessional staff to try to meet the increased demand and reduce teh waiting times.
In recognition of the demand for ‘Tier 2’ mental health and wellbeing services Bedford Borough’s Early Help Services have a strong offer around this:
o A SLA with Relate for 1:1 Talktime counselling, Family counselling or Relationship counselling
o All staff trained to deliver 1:1 Solution Focus Brief Therapy
o 2 Trained staff in CBT informed ‘Enhanced Evidence Based Practice’ (part of the IAPT training delivered to Mental Health Teams)
o 6 staff within the local area undertaking training in 0-5 Mental Health
o An embedded CAMHS worker within Early Help Services
o All staff trained in Protective Behaviours
If a child requires support around their wellbeing and it does not meet the criteria for a CAMH’s referral the above is a pretty strong offer on what could be put in place to support them. This was recognised by the CQC who identified Bedford Borough Local Authority as an area of good practice and came to inspect the work that is being done
Initial Coproduction session for new Local Offer Website - 12th February 2019
On the 12th February 2019 we hosted a day of coproduction sessions with Children and Young People with SEND, Parents and Carers and key stakeholders from frontline services supporting children and young people with SEND and tehir families.
At this session we started to think about what people would want to see from our new Local Offer, we tested various Local Offers from different authorities and discussed what we liked and didnt like and we also started to think about what categories / age ranges and content we should have on our site.
The young people helped to start to think about a new logo for the Local Offer. There initial idea has now been made into a reality and we are delighted with the Local Offer Logo they helped to create (see top of the page)
An artists was present for the whole day capturing the discussions and we have used the artwork from these discussions throughout this website.
You can read more about this initial session here