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The Attendance & Welfare Service

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.

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

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 (below 90%). 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 EHA (Early Help Assessment), 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 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 Claire Foxton, Team Manager, Attendance & Welfare Service tel. no. 01642 837719 / 837737 / 837738.

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