Education welfare - Overview

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.