The Education Welfare Service is responsible for promoting attendance at school and the welfare of children and young people.
The importance of school attendance
School attendance is vital as it helps to ensure that children and young people:
- Are healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution to their community and environment
- Achieve economic well-being.
Schools work closely with parents and carers to ensure that each child or young person is attending school. There are a number of things that parents and carers can do to help.
If a child's attendance is poor then the Local Authority will become directly involved. The main service dealing specifically with poor attendance is the Education Welfare Service. This service usually works in conjunction with other services such as the Learning and Behaviour Support Service, the Youth Offending Service, Social Services Locality Teams and the Police.