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Help & Advice

As a parent or professional it is not always easy to know where to go for support, who to ask for advice or what next steps are needed. We have included a list of services and support you might find useful but if you still…

Help with Childcare Costs

Financial help is available from a variety of sources to assist you and your family with childcare costs. Many families are entitled to financial help but are not aware how to claim it or that they are eligible. Below we have listed some of the help…

Holiday Activities and Food Programme - Easter 2022

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. Below is…

Housing Advice and Options

Alongside your Personal Advisors or Social Worker, you are able to get housing advice from the Bedford Borough Council Housing Advice Team. The Housing Advice Team can give you advice on tenancy rights and responsibilities, alongside support with: Having a good relationship with your land-lord…

How to support a foster child with FASD

FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) can have a serious, long-term impact on a baby’s growth and development. Around 7,000 (1 per cent) of UK babies have FASD. It’s important that foster carers are aware of the condition and how it may affect a child’s development, learning…

Independent Advocacy

An advocate is someone who can help you to get your views across and supports you to have your say when decisions are being made about you. An advocate can give you information about your rights, help you have your say at meetings, speak on…

Independent Advocacy

An advocate is someone who can help you to get your views across and supports you to have your say when decisions are being made about you. An advocate can give you information about your rights, help you have your say at meetings, speak on…

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…

Leaving Care Before Turning 18

We will encourage you to stay in care until you are 18. Most young people still live at home with their families at this age. If you choose to leave care before age 18, the law says we must provide you with suitable accommodation so…

Mental Health Crisis Support in Bedford

NHS Crisis Line Mental health crisis support is available 24/7 for all ages in Bedfordshire and Luton by contacting NHS 111 (Option 2) Crisis services and planning for a crisis This MIND guide explains what mental health crisis services are available, how they can help…