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Parents/carers, children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can browse and scroll through the updated Central Bedfordshire Local Offer website.

Central Bedfordshire Council said the Local Offer website is a ‘one stop shop’ for all local SEND advice, guidance, and support services.

It has been redesigned and co-produced with SNAP Parent Carer Forum (SNAP PCF), an independent forum of parents and carers of SEND children in Central Bedfordshire, as well as education, health and social care professionals, parents, carers, children and young people with SEND.

As part of the redesign process the Council said it incorporated feedback from families and young people to make it more engaging, easier to navigate and to ensure it contains more relevant information.

Cllr Sue Clark, executive member for families, education and children said:

“A great deal of work has gone into creating the relaunched SEND Local Offer website. We have incorporated feedback from families, children and young people and professionals.

“The new site now has a great range of information including early years advice, things to do, training and information on how to request Education and Health Care Plans.

“The Local Offer will be constantly reviewed to make sure it meets users’ needs. we’d love families to let us know what they think about the new site so that we can continue to refine and improve it.”

Website visitors will be signposted to important information including:

  • Sources of support, advice and information for children, young people and families, including supporting groups and forums
  • Arrangements to identify and assess children and young people with SEND, including how an assessment can be requested
  • Other educational provision for example, leisure activities, sports and arts provision
  • Information about provision to assist in preparing children and young people for adulthood including post-16 education and training
  • Arrangements for travel to and from school, post-16 settings and early year providers
  • Childcare, including suitable provision for disabled children and those with SEND
  • Health and development needs of children from when they are born through to when they transition into adulthood
  • Support available to young people in higher education, particularly the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and the process and timescales for making an application for DSA

Kirsty Green, Director of SNAP PCF, said:

“Using the feedback from our annual survey we could evidence that parents wanted a new informative Local Offer website, we have worked with local partners to coproduce this and hope that it will be a valuable resource.”

Launch events

Two events are also taking place to mark the launch of the site and they will feature something for everyone, including a magician and musical performance from inspiring music, who showcase local talent.

Day One

Wednesday 3 November 2021

  • Leighton Buzzard Youth Centre 10am
  • Sandy Children Centre 2pm
  • Houghton Regis Children Centre 6pm

Day Two

Saturday 6 November 2021

  • Flitwick Children Centre 10am
  • Biggleswade Youth Centre 2pm
  • Arlesey Youth Centre 6pm

Visit Send Website Launch for more information and to book a place.