Advice and support sessions for parents and carers of children with special educational needs

Central Bedfordshire’s 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 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.

The sessions, in Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Sandy and Shefford, 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:

Downside Children’s Centre, Oakwood Avenue, Dunstable (Wednesdays, 9.30am-11am): 13 January, 10 February, 9 March, 13 April, 11 May, 8 June, 13 July

The Moorings Children’s Centre, Vandyke Road, Leighton Buzzard (Tuesdays, 9.30am-11am): 26 January, 23 February, 26 April, 28 June

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

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

Councillor 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.”

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