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Mental Health

Below are links to services and support available to help you with your mental health and wellbeing, for both children and adults. Mental Health Support Lines Bedford Borough Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub Children and Young People's Mental Health Services Children and young people's mental…

What to do if I don't agree with a decision

Most children with SEN will have their needs met by schools and local authorities. If things go wrong, it is possible to use informal and formal complaints procedures to improve the situation. This information is about what you can do if your child has special…

Frequently Asked Questions - Mediation

Bedford Borough Parent Carers Forum have collated the most frequently asked questions about mediation . Two of the most common questions are, is mediation worth it and are the Local Authority just offering mediation so they do not have to provide a service. Fuller answers…

Frequently Asked Questions - Tribunals

The First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) (the “SEND Tribunal”) is an independent national tribunal which hears parents’ and young people’s appeals against LA decisions about the special educational needs of children and young people.

Personal Budgets for Education

A child’s parents or young person over the age of 16 providing they can make financial decisions can request a Personal Budget for Education. To be eligible for a Personal Budget for Education, the child or young person must have an EHCP, and the request…

Personal Health Budgets

The NHS explains that Personal Health Budget uses NHS funding to create an individually agreed personalised care and support plan that offers people of all ages greater choice and flexibility over how their assessed health and wellbeing needs are met. Personal health budgets are flexible.…

Personal Budgets

A child or young person with SEND can get a Personal Budget to support their needs, provided the personal budget is used to for an agreed outcome on their EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) or an assessed need (Social care or Health care).  By…

SENCO Advice Line

The SENCO Advice Line is a new phone line for SENCOs and other school professionals who work in Bedford Borough to call, to get advice about meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) How to contact us?…