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01234 270 601

FACES operate within a range of preventative services available to children in need or families under stress. Families are generally referred to FACES by professionals, however every year around a quarter of families refer themselves. Many of the families who are referred to us find access to mainstream services difficult. 


FACES supports families through a range of services and projects. If you are not sure if we can support you or a family you are referring, we welcome enquiries by telephone, email or by calling into the office in person. FACES are open from  9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-4pm on Friday.  

Early Help

Home visiting support for families with children 0-11.

Visits are weekly with Practitioner and volunteer support. Families are generally referred through partner agencies and we also welcome self referrals.

Support Groups

Domestic Abuse

Support for victims of domestic abuse. This support is for victims who have been assessed as standard to medium risk. We also provide support where the abuse is historical. 


Working in communities with a bottom up approach, providing support for young people and their families who are at risk of or who have experienced exploitation. 

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Emotion Detectives

A 6 week programme created by FACES for children aged 5 to 8 years old who are showing early signs of mental health difficulties. Funded by The Youth Empowerment Fund, Bedford Borough Council 

Caring Dads

The Caring Dads Programme is for fathers who have displayed unhealthy, hurtful, abusive and neglectful fathering behaviours.


Incorporating cognitive behavioural theory, the programme encourages fathers to explore the beliefs and intentions underlying their abusive fathering, helping them to recognise the impact of their behaviour and re build trust with their children.

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Any professional can refer to FACES, our services are confidential and free of charge. Professionals making a referral need to obtain consent from the parent, although please note that parents can self-refer.

We have several different services each with their own criteria. Some families may access more than one service such as family home visiting support and crisis aid. We also provide some services on a spot purchasing arrangement such as Protective Behaviours for parents, relationship workshops, PAFT (parents as first teachers) support and support groups. 


Referral forms can be emailed to or posted to: 

FACES, Church Lane Community Centre, 147 Church Lane, Bedford, MK41 0PW.

We do recommend that you call us before completing the referral form so that we can give you some idea of capacity.


The number to call is 01234 270601.

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