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You said, we did - SEND / Local Offer feedback

Working together (co-production) to improve SEND

As part of our commitment to working together with families and organisations providing services to families, referred to as co-production, we would like to introduce an important new group.

The SEND Collective

The SEND Collective is a newly formed network of organisations who provide services to young people with additional needs and disabilities and their families. The group meets regularly to develop and progress its objectives, to improve user-led support for young people and their families.

The meetings are divided into two sections:

The first section gives an opportunity for providers to share successes, best practice, service development opportunities and sector concerns.

The second section allows information sharing between our staff and practitioners from health statutory bodies to give young people a voice and inform at a strategic level.

New members to the collective are welcome. Organisations offering services in Bedfordshire and with a focus on children, young people and family, are eligible to join.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Rose McHugh (SEND Collective Chair):

We also work closely with the SNAP Parent Carer Forum (SNAP PCF), the strategic voice of parents. SNAP PCF works closely with us and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) to inform SEND service improvements. SNAP PCF listens to the voice of parents and carers in Central Bedfordshire, providing valuable input and feedback through a range of channels.

Find out more about SNAP PCF.

SENCO professional study groups

These groups meet once per term across Central Bedfordshire for SENCOs (special educational needs coordinators) in all school and post-16 settings. 

The groups' purpose is to:

  • provide an opportunity for SENCOs to network and to talk about current issues and identified training and support needs
  • keep SENCOs informed about the latest developments and priorities in the world of SEND
  • share and celebrate best practice in SEND across Central Bedfordshire
  • enable SENCOs to hear from other professionals and agencies that work with and support schools and settings and what they offer to ensure best outcomes for children and young people with SEND
  • provide high-quality training for SENCOs to ensure consistency of approach across Central Bedfordshire and the highest quality of provision for children and young people with SEND

SENCOs can ask to join their relevant group by emailing