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Bedford Parents are being encouraged to give their views on SEND facilities in the Borough

05 November 2018


Parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are being asked to give their views on the services they access in Bedford Borough.  Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum (BBPCF) is leading on the engagement with local families to better understand what is important to families and any barriers that families have faced.

The views of families will then be used to develop an outcomes framework, which will become the measure that is used to test how well services meet the needs of local children with SEND and their families.

BBPCF is holding a number of events for parent carers, where they have the opportunity to provide their views, a full list of the events is available on the BBPCF facebook page.  For those unable to attend the meetings there is an online survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2DZRC75 

In addition, on 10 November the BBCF are holding a workshop for Children, Young People and families to hear their thoughts and opinions on the care and support they receive to ensure their voice is heard and incorporated into the outcomes framework.  Anyone wishing to attend on 10 November should contact the Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum on communications@bbpcf.org.uk for more information and to book a place.

Date:                                       Saturday 10 November 2018

Times of sessions:                 10 am – 11.30am and 12.30 – 2pm

Venue:                                     King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9AZ

Karen Russell, Chair, Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum said: “This is an opportunity for all those involved in the lives of children and young people with SEND to have their say about what is really important when it comes to ALL children and young people with SEND being happy, healthy, independent, heard and ambitious. This is the first time all partners across education, health and social care, together with children, young people and their families, have meaningfully produced a document that will be used to measure how effectively the local area is identifying and meeting the needs of this group of children and young people, as well as the effectiveness of the local area in improving outcomes. Let’s grab this opportunity with both hands and really make it count!”

Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education added: “We want you - parents and carers of children and young people with SEND - to make your views known and to tell us, the local council, health services and Parent Carers Forum what we need to do. If you are a parent or carer of children with SEND, I urge you to go along to the BBPCF events or fill in the online survey to let them and us know your views. This sort of engagement will have a real and meaningful impact on how we support you and your children.”

Anne Murray, Director of Nursing and Quality, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group commented: ‘We encourage parents and carers to attend the events happening across Bedford Borough, their input is vital to developing an outcomes framework which brings improvements to vital services and to ensure we are truly meeting the needs of children and their families. We look forward to welcoming children and young people to the workshop and understanding their experience of services and how they feel they can be improved.’

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