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Mental Health First Aiders

Who we are? There are over 100 practitioners in our schools, preschools and nurseries that are qualified Mental Health First Aiders, having completed their training with MHFA England. They will also have access to high-quality on-going CPD to support them in their role. What we…

Personal Assistants

Welcome to the Bedford Borough Personal Assistant Hub! This is a brand new page which we have coproduced with our Parent Carer Forum to hold all of the information regarding Personal Assistants (PA's) in one place. Here you will find out more information regarding 'What…

Holiday Activities and Food Programme - Summer 2021

Bedford Borough Council has received funding from the Department for Education to provide an exciting range of opportunities for children and young people in receipt of income related Free School Meals (FSM). All activities are FREE of charge with lunches provided for all eligible children!…

Training for parents/carers

Following feedback that parents/carers wanted to have one place which listed all the training available to them, we are pleased to launch our new monthly training page on the Local Offer. This page will be regularly updated as we become aware of more training available so…

Bedfordshire Neurodevelopmental Disorder (NDD) Pathway

Bedfordshire's Community Health Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are working together to create our neurodevelopmental disorder asessment pathway. Find out more: NDD pathway guidance  Working with partners from the Local Authority, local charities and community services we have created a pathway of early…

What is Sensory Processing?

This is the ability to register, discriminate, adapt and respond appropriately, both physically and emotionally to sensory input from our bodies and the environment. We receive a great deal of information from our senses. We use this information in many ways – to help us…

Joint Commissioning

Joint Commissioning is a strategic approach to planning and delivering services in a holistic, joined-up way. It is a means for the different partners commissioning education, health and care provision, to deliver positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND.   Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning…

SEND Glossary

Is there a term, word or Acronym.  that you need clarification on please use the SEND glossary below.  If you we missed a term, word or Acronym please let us know by emailing local.offer@bedford.gov.uk  A Academy – a publicly funded school which operates outside of local authority…

What is a learning disability?

What is a Learning disability? A learning disability can affect the way a person understands information and how they communicate. This means they can have ongoing difficulties with; understanding new or complex information learning new skills coping independently A learning disability happens when a person's…