The Education Welfare Service

In 'The Education Welfare Service' section: Following the Local Authority (LA) restructure of services, as from the 1st April 2014 the Education Welfare Service (EWS) and BEST (Behaviour Education Support Team) will be merged under the new title of Attendance & Welfare Service (AWS).

Under Sec 7 of the Education Act 1996 the parent or main carer is responsible for ensuring their child, of compulsory school age, receives appropriate full time education, suitable to the child's age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs they may have.

The attendance strategy was developed and published in 2004 producing clear school policies to deal with school attendance issues. The Attendance & Welfare Service supports the LA in the discharge of its duties in respect of school attendance matters.

Following the Shaping our Future review, under the Best Start in Life the AWS aims to achieve the following outcomes:-

  • Maximise school attendance;
  • Drive up educational attainment;
  • Young people are ready to start school;
  • Young people have the skills and confidence for work regardless of their background;
  • Young people with special needs can lead fulfilling independent lives;
  • Young people are safe and protected from harm;
  • Early intervention prevents young people being brought into care;
  • Parenting standards are improved;
  • Child Poverty is reduced;
  • Harm caused by drugs, alcohol, sexual behaviour and offending is reduced.

The AWS will work in partnership with other agencies, schools, academies, colleges, children, young people and their families in addressing attendance issues and persistent absences (85% and below). The AWS will address Children Missing from Education in order to promote safeguarding of pupils.

The AWS will provide support to parents/carers in respect of any behaviour concerns within the home and school. The team will offer support and guidance on positive parenting strategies to help improve behaviour and relationships at home.

The AWS has robust and structured attendance procedures in place to address attendance issues from receiving referrals from schools/academies, to undertaking home visits and, with consent, completing an assessment CAF (Common Assessment Framework), arranging planning meetings and attendance case conferences, issuing penalty notices in respect of poor school attendance and, if necessary, to the final stage of proceeding to court and prosecuting parents under Sec 444 or 444a Education Act 1996 for failing to ensure regular school attendance.

(Penalty Notice charge is £60 per parent per child, to be paid within 21 days and will increase to £120 to be paid within 28 days of the penalty notice being issued.)

For further information contact Annette Duff, Team Manager, Attendance & Welfare Service tel. no. 01642 837719 / 837737 / 837738.

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