The Education Welfare Service (EWS) supports schools and academies in the promotion of positive attendance and provide a service where school attendance levels are a concern in line with the Education Act 1996. Statutory action will be considered in order to protect children’s rights to an education.
The Education Welfare Service is also responsible for the issuing of work permits, child performance licences and chaperone licences.
It is understood that there is a correlation between poor attendance and under achievement and possible safeguarding concerns.
It is therefore essential that poor attendance is addressed, by schools, at the earliest possible opportunity.
We are committed to supporting schools and the local authority in these duties and we also welcome contact from partner agencies and members of the public who have concerns about a child or young person who may not be in receipt of an education.