Child missing education/possible missing children

The Child Missing Education Procedures (2018) sets out a set of principles to ensure that Bedford Borough Council:

  • is able to fulfil its statutory duty to provide an education for all children of compulsory school age
  • is able to locate, assess, monitor and track children missing from education in order for them to reach their full potential
  • identifies those at risk of missing education and allocates appropriate staff to intervene
  • maintains contact with those missing from / at risk of missing education 
  • is able to produce, monitor and evaluate data on CME for Elected Members and Senior Officers in Children’s Service
  • carries out these responsibilities through a strategic, multi-agency framework where all agencies share information on the identification of children and young people missing education

View the Council's Children Missing Education Policy and Procedures (PDF)

Bedford Borough school referrals

Bedford Borough schools must use the form below to report possible missing children / notification off roll referral.

Possible missing child referral and off roll form

All other referrals 

Other agencies, other local authorities and the general public can make a 'child missing education' referral to the Council using the online form below.  

Children missing education referral form