The Education Investigation Service and Education Welfare service have realigned to focus on preventative methods to school absenteeism.
The Education Welfare Service now provides a prosecution service for maintained and non-maintained schools as part of the commissioning framework for the enforcement of school attendance and other education related legal interventions and a prevention service provided to maintained schools which includes an attendance health check and subsequent allocation of an Education Welfare Officer for those schools with greatest need of support and a helpline service.
The service also undertakes:
- investigating children missing from education (opens in a new window)
- behaviour related penalty notices
In enforcing attendance, the Education Welfare Service have a variety of powers to help them ensure that children are properly educated. Worcestershire Children First retains responsibility for authorising any legal action against parents in relation to irregular attendance at school.
Parents Legal Duty
All parents have a legal duty to ensure their children receive a suitable full-time education. If a parent fails to ensure that their child attends regularly at the school where they are registered, the parent can be guilty of an offence. The Local Authority has a duty to ensure that parents fulfil this responsibility.
Improving attendance and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people
The Education Welfare team can support schools to improve student attendance and reduce levels of persistent absence helping to improve levels of pupil attainment, outcomes and wellbeing.
Through an additional level of support purchased, schools can benefit from high quality advice and frontline service. Education Welfare Officers can be allocated to provide strategic or casework support as required, as well as a streamlined link to statutory service. Find our more about Education Welfare support.
Escalating School Attendance Matters: Guidance for Schools update May 2021
Guidance and resources all Schools will require when escalating any attendance matters into the Local Authority for legal consideration. Read the latest guidance for schools