Drop-in sessions to help parents and carers of children and young people with special needs


A support service for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities is holding a range of drop-in sessions.

The sessions are being held across the region by Central Bedfordshire Council from early January onwards and will offer free, impartial and confidential advice to visitors.

The SEND Parent and Young Person Partnership Service is open to parents, carers, children and young people aged up to 25 who have, or may have special educational needs and /or a disability in an educational setting.

It is open to all Central Bedfordshire residents and there is no referral system.

Sessions will be held in Sandy and Shefford and can offer advice about a range of subjects including finding a school; classroom support; SEND support plans; behaviour issues; statements; education, health and care plans and exclusions.

Residents can just turn up on the day at the sessions, which will take place at:

Orchard Children’s Centre, Shefford Lower School, School Lane, Shefford (Fridays, 10am-11.30am), on January 27, February 24, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, and July 27.

At Sandy Community Children’s Centre, Laburnum Road, Sandy (Thursdays, 9.30am-11am), the dates are January 7, February 4, March 3, May 5, June 9, July 7.

Cllr Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing, said: “As a parent or carer of a child with special educational needs, it can be difficult knowing who to talk to.

“These sessions offer a chance to get impartial information and advice in an informal setting, as well as a chance just to talk with other parents or volunteers who will be able to share what you are going through.

“So if you have any questions or concerns, I would encourage you to go along to one of the free sessions and find out more.”

No appointment is necessary at the drop-ins. If you are unable to make a session and want any advice, please call 0300 300 8088 Monday-Friday 7.30am-4pm, email parent.partnership@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/parentpartnership