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(UK) Bedfordshire's special ed services called 'catastrophic'

Mar 10, 2020, Dunstable Today: Central Beds' SEND failures blasted as 'catastrophic for countless families' at scrutiny meeting https://www.dunstabletoday.co.uk/education/central-beds-send-failures-blasted-as-catastrophic-for-countless-families-at-scrutiny-meeting-1-9260538 Failures in Central Bedfordshire’s care of children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) have been "catastrophic for countless families", a parent has said. Last month, an inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found the performance of CBC and Beds Clinical Commissioning Group to be “ineffective”. Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) At today's CBC overview and scrutiny board meeting, Conservative councillor Sue Clark, CBC's executive member for families and children, was unable to attend due to a family emergency. Beds CCG’s director of nursing and quality Anne Murray was also not present. Dunstable resident Amy Irvins, speaking for parents, told today's meeting: “The extensive failures outlined in the recent Ofsted report have been catastrophic for countless families. “Since the SEND action group was set up five weeks ago, more than 550 people have joined and there has been an endless stream of distressing stories. “Parents, carers and schools are facing a constant battle to get the most basic support. “Parents and children are having mental health breakdowns and dozens of children are out of school.”… “I have spoken to a number of junior officers who are at their wits’ end about the lack of resources provided to them and for parents…. CBC has yet to confirm arrangements for two public meetings regarding their SEND services.