We support parents and schools in ensuring all children have acceptable levels of school attendance in Bedford Borough.
By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive appropriate education. Should your child not attend the school where they are registered and are absent without a satisfactory reason, then the Education Welfare Service may have to consider taking legal action against you under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.
We also have responsibilities to do with protecting children from abuse and danger, protecting children in employment and licensing children in entertainment, modelling and sport.
Employment and performanceChild employment
Body of Persons Approval (BOPA)
Children missing from educationChildren missing from education
How to make a referral as a professional
Children Missing Education Referral Form - Schools should not complete this form
Possible Missing Referral Form
Child missing education procedure