Bedford Borough Council — Children's Services


We aim to work closely with families and other professionals to provide safe, high-quality services for children and young people in need.

Children's Social Care: Contact, Referral and Assessment Duty Desk:

Telephone: 01234 223599

Generic Children's Services enquiries:


Bedford Borough Council Website (Children's Services Pages):


Who to Refer

The Bedford Borough Council Children in Need Procedures Manual (2012) is a comprehensive guide for all professionals. Although it is important that GPs are familiar with the whole document, the following sections may be particularly relevant when deciding who to refer:

  • Pages 5 to 9 - Procedural Flow Charts
  • Pages 12 to 16 - Eligibility Criteria
  • Pages 19 to 24 - The Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
  • Page 43 - Considerations of whether harm is significant
  • Page 44 - Deciding when to refer
  • Page 45 - Risk and Resilience Tool

Please note: when seeking/receiving advice in regard to patient care and making referrals, NHS Connecting for Health Information Governance standards and policies must be adhered to.

Last updated: 26/10/2015

Update due: 26/10/2016