Education Social Welfare Service

The Education Social Welfare Service works within a legal framework to enable the Children and Young People’s Department to discharge its legal obligations. The Service seeks to ensure that every child/young person receives the maximum benefit from the education opportunities provided. The Service utilises a range of strategies and interventions, working in partnership with children and young people, parents and families, school staff and other agencies to overcome barriers to education and achieve improved outcomes for children and families. The Service has consisted of two elements since 1 September 2014. The Traded Services element can be purchased by schools which can choose to buy in an agreed number of sessions to improve and support school attendance. The statutory element relates to the council’s legal obligations and is provided to schools and academies by entitlement.
The following are provided to schools as part of the statutory element:

  • Support in tracking pupils missing from education [Children’s Act 2002]
  • Support in monitoring the progress of children who are removed from the school roll to become Electively Home Educated by their parents [Education Act 1996, Section 437]
  • Support in safeguarding children and young people against the dangers of illegal employment and raising awareness of the risks of child employment and children’s public performances and issuing licences as appropriate [Child Employment and Children Involved in Public Performances Guidance, 2009]
  • Prosecuting parents who fail in their legal responsibilities to ensure their children attend school regularly. [Education Act 1996, Section 444]
  • Applications for Education Supervision Orders [Education Act 1996, Section 447] and School Attendance Orders [Education Act 1996, Section 437]
  • Issuing Warning Letters and Fixed Penalty Notices to parents in relation to unauthorised absence from school and unauthorised holidays in term time in accordance with the locally agreed protocol [Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003, Section 23]
  • Support to children at risk of not receiving a suitable education including missing children, Looked After Children, children from Traveller Families, families of Armed Forces, and children supervised by the youth justice system [Education Act 2006, Section 4]
  • Supporting and challenging schools causing concern including those in Ofsted categories as appropriate [Education Act 2005, section 15]

SEND Code of Practice – Children and Young People with SEN Educated at Home

Elective Home Education Booklet for Parents and Carers 2016

Elective Home Education Flow Chart

Absence Codes

NNCEE |National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment – Helping to protect working children



Contact Us

  • Wirral, United Kingdom
  • 0151 666 3433
  • [email protected]
  • Mike Clarke
  • Team Manager Education Welfare Service

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