Health and wellbeing for children and young people with SEND

Specialist children's services

Bedfordshire Community Services offers a wide range of services including nurses, therapists, pediatricians and health care workers in the community:

Child Development Centre, Kempston

The Child Development Centre provides services to children with developmental needs and disabilities living in North and Mid Bedfordshire. We bring together a team of professionals from health, education and children's social care who are based at, or visit the centre. These include:

  • audiology
  • early years aervices
  • eye clinics
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • psychology
  • speech and language therapy
  • special needs nursing

Edwin Lobo Centre, Luton

The Edwin Lobo Child Development Centre provides a consultant-led service for children and young people with a suspected disability, Neurodisability or developmental delay living in South Bedfordshire and Luton. We bring together a team of professionals from health, education and children's social care who are based at, or visit the centre. These include:

  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • speech and language

Paediatric Physiotherapy services

This offers assessment and treatment to children 0-18 years and aims to help the child achieve their full physical potential and minimise any secondary problems. These can be children with moderate or severe physical disability and/or learning disabilities or can be children with orthopaedic and musculoskeletal complaints.

Most children are seen at the centre although a domiciliary service is offered when necessary. Physiotherapists also work in schools both special and mainstream and will visit early year’s educational settings as appropriate. Wherever possible, family preference and clinical reasoning influence location of treatment.

We are based at the Child Development Centre and cover Bedford Borough area and North Central Bedfordshire area. The physiotherapy team based at Redgrave Childrens and Young Peoples Centre cover the southern area of Central Bedfordshire. Please do not hesitate to telephone us if you are unsure who to contact.