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Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum parent-carer events

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 engaging 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. This will become the measure used to test how well services meet the needs of local children with SEND and their families.

Karen Russell, chair, Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum, said:

“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.”

Workshop on 10 November

BBPCF is holding a number of events for parent carers. These will give the opportunity to provide 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 

On 10 November, the BBCF is holding a workshop for Children, Young People and families to hear their thoughts and opinions on the care and support they receive.

Anyone wishing to attend on 10 November should contact the Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum on  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

Cllr Henry Vann, Bedford Borough Portfolio Holder for Education, said:

“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.”