School attendance and Welfare

Page updated on: 12/03/2019

The Education Welfare Service (EWS) main responsibility is to promote regular attendance at school. We give support and advice on regulations regarding:

  • School non- attendance
  • Fixed Penalty Notices
  • Child Missing from Education
  • Child Employment
  • Child Performance

To secure regular school attendance, we work in partnership with pupils and their families, schools, community support services and other professionals, e.g. Social Workers, Youth Services, Educational Psychologist, etc. The school may refer a family to the EWS if a child’s school attendance is of concern. The EWS may have to resort to legal proceedings to help solve the problem. This could result in:

  • Parental prosecution
  • An application for an Education Supervision Order on the child
  • A School Attendance Order
  • Fixed Penalty Notices

What can you expect from the EWS?

  • Treat you as an individual
  • Listen to your views
  • Respect your confidences (except when someone is being hurt)
  • Consult you at every stage
  • Keep appointments

Education & Schools