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Short Break Services in Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council provides a range of Short Break Services including Universal, Targeted Universal, Targeted Specialist and Specialist Services for children and young people with disabilities, their parents or carers and other family members specifically siblings.

This range of Short Break Services includes:

  • Day-time care in the homes of children with disabilities or elsewhere
  • Overnight care in the homes of children with disabilities or elsewhere
  • Educational or leisure activities for children with disabilities outside their homes
  • Services available to assist carers in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays

 

Short Breaks Services Local Offer

Our Short Break Services Local Offer presents all families with a choice of services accessible without assessment and usually by self-referral.

This benefits families by allowing them the opportunity to choose from the range of Short Breaks Services that most meets their needs, and assists them in ensuring that they have access to services when they most need them and not just when they are in crises.

Bedford Borough Council has invested in the funding and development of our Local Offer and this includes the provision of Universal and Targeted Universal Services.

As part of our Short Break Services Local Offer we are committed to seek to increase the availability, frequency and capacity in Universal and Targeted Universal Services for children and young people with disabilities and their families.

 

Universal Services

Universal Services are designed so that all children, young people, parents or carers and other family members can access them and include health, education, social and leisure facilities. 

The range of Universal Services in Bedford Borough includes:

  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • National Child Minding Association Community Childminding Scheme
  • Education Support Services (Connexions)
  • Family Information Service
  • Family Support Groups & Church Groups
  • General Practitioners, Health Centres,  Child Development Centre, School Nurses & Primary Care Trust
  • Home Start, Children’s Centres & Youth Clubs
  • Leisure Facilities, Swimming Pools,  Parks and Open Spaces
  • Libraries
  • Nurseries, Pre-Schools, Lower, Middle and Upper Schools and Colleges
  • Voluntary and Community Organisations for Children, Young People and Families

 

Targeted Universal Services

Targeted Universal Services are designed to provide a level of additional support to enable children and young people with disabilities opportunities to experience new activities, establish and build friendships and pursue their aspirational goals; it also provides parents or carers and other family members a chance to enjoy a break from their caring role.

The range of Targeted Universal Services Providers in Bedford Borough includes:

  • Autism Bedfordshire
  • Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society
  • Beds Garden Carers
  • Carers in Bedfordshire
  • Carers Support Bureau
  • Early Years Support Service
  • Families United Network
  • Foundation Stage Advisory Teachers
  • MENCAP – Holiday Play Scheme
  • MENCAP – Smiley Club
  • Parent Partnership
  • Parenting & Sibling Support Groups
  • Sensory Equipment Library

As part of our Targeted Universal Services Bedford Borough also hosts three special schools including:

  • Ridgeway Special School – For pupils with physical disabilities and learning difficulties aged 5 – 16
  • St. John's Special School - For pupils with severe learning difficulties; additional physical or sensory needs and autistic spectrum conditions aged 2 – 19
  • The Grange Special School – For pupils with moderate learning difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions aged 7 – 16

 

Additional Support

In addition to accessing Universal and Targeted Universal Services, some families may require additional levels of support in order to be able to continue to provide care for their child with disabilities or to do so more effectively.

Bedford Borough Council has invested in the funding and development of additional support services, and families can access Targeted Specialist and Specialist Services following formal assessment and in line with our Short Breaks Services Eligibility Criteria.

 

Targeted Specialist Services

Targeted Specialist Services are designed to provide a more intensive level of assessment, intervention and support than can be provided by Universal and Targeted Universal Services.

It includes provision of services for children and young people who may have severe or multiple disabilities for which a reasonable standard of health and development will not be maintained without targeted or intensive multi-agency support, and who are likely to require further specialist services without such intervention. 

The range of Targeted Specialist Services in Bedford Borough includes:

  • Direct Payments Carers
  • Domiciliary Care Services
  • Intensive Family Support Service
  • National Childminding Association
  • Webster Stratton Parenting Programmes
  • Sensory Impairment & Music Therapy Team
  • Special Educational Needs Transport
  • Specialist Health Professional Support

 

Specialist Services

Specialist Services are designed to provide a high level of intensive assessment and intervention where there is a serious concern about the health or development of a child or young person.

It includes provision of services for children and young people who have severe or multiple disabilities where constant care and support is needed and where an immediate response to providing this care and support is needed.

The range of Specialist Services Provision in Bedford Borough includes:

  • Hospice Care Provision
  • Family Link Workers
  • Day-time care in the homes of children with disabilities or elsewhere
  • Overnight care in the homes of children with disabilities or elsewhere

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Education and Learning

Raising the level of academic achievement is a top priority for the council. We will ensure the effective delivery of our services so we can improve the life chances for children and young people. Check out this section to find out about Learning centres, schools, special education needs and more.

 


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