Education Welfare

The education law states that parents are responsible for ensuring that their registered children of compulsory school age (five to 16 years old) attend school regularly. The Education Welfare Service has a duty to make sure that parents and carers undertake this responsibility.

We play a key role in:

  • improving attendance at school
  • reducing truancy
  • tackling persistent absences

We work closely with a number of agencies to promote children's welfare and their education.

What do Education Welfare Officers do?

Education Welfare Officers provide advice and support to parents and carers to:

  • help resolve problems that affect the school attendance of children and young people
  • carry out their legal responsibilities
  • help parents and carers to take full advantage of their children's educational provision and maximise their life chances and opportunities.

They can give advice on a range of issues including:

  • school attendance
  • registration and categories of absence
  • leave of absence
  • exclusion from school or educational provision
  • child employment and entertainment licensing
  • legal action relating to attendance issues
  • parenting contracts
  • truancy sweeps
  • Early Help Assessment
  • Body of Persons Licence
  • chaperone service

We have a duty to identify and track children who are missing education. The Children Missing Education Officer (CME) from the Education Welfare Service undertakes this duty.

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