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Bedford Advocacy Service

Bedford Advocacy Service is run by Barnardo's.  It is a free service for children and young people who are receiving help from Bedford Borough Council Social Care Service and meet one of the additional requirements:

  • Aged up to 19 (or 25 if you have a disability)
  • Living in Care 
  • A Care Leaver 

What is Advocacy? 

  • Help you to get your views across 
  • Allows you to have your say when decisions are being made about you.
  • A service independent of Children's Social Care and the Council.
  • An Advocate works for you, and only you. 

What can an advocate do for me?

  • Give you information about your rights 
  • Help you to have your say in meeting like you Review, Child Protection Conference, Family Group Conference or the Children in Care Council.
  • Speak on your behalf when decisions are being made.
  • Help you to make a complaint if you are not happy with the service you receive.

Is it confidential?

  • What you tell us is private 
  • We only share information with your agreement
  • However if we geel that you or someone else might be harmed we may have to share the information. 

Who to contact


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Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old