Central Bedfordshire Council Children and Young People 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:

Emergency Duty Team (Out of Hours):

  • 0300 300 8123

Who to Refer

The Central Bedfordshire 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:

Children In Need Procedure Flow Chart 
Access Criteria for services for Children in Need 
Access Criteria for support for Children with Disabilities 
Professional/Agency Involvement before Considering referrals to Children's Social Care:

Last updated: 26/10/2015

Update due: 26/10/2016