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New service is part of “an improvement journey”

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has launched a new email service focussing on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) news and information.

CBC said that the fortnightly SEND News emails will deliver news updates, resources, advice, guidance and support on education, health and social care SEND services.

Cllr Sue Clark, executive member for Families, Education and Children, said:

“We’re on an improvement journey with our special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services and we want to ensure that we’re reaching out more effectively to as many families as possible, so they know about the support that is available to them.

“We’re listening more to what families have to say and we know that some families aren’t aware of the services and support that they can access, or how to find what they need.

“So, we want to make sure that the services available in their community are accessible to the families we are in contact with, while reaching out to the families that we don’t yet know.

“We know how busy our residents’ lives are, particularly for those families that have children or young people with SEND. Therefore, I would urge families to sign-up for this SEND email service so that we can deliver all the latest information and support straight to their inbox.”

The emails will be used to promote the Council’s SEND Local Offer web pages, which contain information and resources for families, including:

  • Support for young people
  • Leisure and recreation groups, clubs and activities
  • Money and benefits advice
  • Information on education, health and wellbeing and care

Residents can sign up to the fortnightly email bulletins at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/send-news

In an Ofsted letter sent in February, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group were instructed to provide a Written Statement of Action following a critical inspection into Special Education Needs provision in the area.