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SEND Reforms

 

WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL THE SEND REFORMS MAKE TO EVERYDAY LIFE?

 

Anyone interested in putting into practice the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Reforms in Bedford Borough, is invited to the next Virtual SEND team meeting on Tuesday 22 March, from 9.30am - 12.30pm, at Kings House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford. The meeting is free to attend.

 

In 2014, important changes to the way in which services are delivered to families living with SEND were introduced. One of the cornerstones of this legislation is more joined up thinking and working between agencies to deliver the best possible outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

The new system extends rights and protection to young people by introducing a new education, health and care plan. As well as protecting the schools budget, the Reforms offer provision from birth to 25 years of age. Professionals will also provide more tailored support to families, giving them the help and assistance they need.

At the meeting, there will an overview of the overall status of the implementation of the reforms in Bedford, with a focus on ‘Social Care and the SEND Reforms’ and ‘The Local Offer’.

 

Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “What better way to decide on best practice is there, than inviting those who use the services for their thoughts? We want to provide people with an opportunity to share their experiences and shape the process, giving families greater choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.”

 

The event will provide an opportunity for Children and Young people with SEND, Parent\Carers of children, young people with SEND, SEND Practitioners from Education, Social Care and Health, and charities supporting families with disabled children to have their say.

 

If you would like to book a place at the meeting, contact Amy Cooke at Bedford Borough Council, via amy.cooke@bedford.gov.uk by Tuesday 15 March.

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