https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/children-families-and-education/schools-and-learning/barnsley-education-welfare-service/

Who we are

We are a specialist team of Education Welfare officers (EWOs) who are qualified and experienced in working with schools to develop systems, procedures and interventions, working in partnership with organisations to improve attendance and reduce persistent absence.

 

What we do

We fulfil both statutory and non-statutory functions in relation to compulsory school-aged children and young people.

We advise schools, academies, and other education providers, as well as parents and carers, other professionals and employers on legislation related to education welfare, and support them in fulfilling their legal responsibilities.

Why choose us?

We provide advice, support and expertise on:

• admission and attendance registration
• school attendance and absence
• elective Home Education (EHE)
• children Missing from Education (CME)
• child employment
• child entertainment
• issuing licenses for chaperones

Our statutory offer

We provide all Barnsley's council maintained schools with education welfare officer (EWO) contact to make sure that the school and the service work together to meet those statutory responsibilities. 

You can read more about the different elements of our statutory offer below.

Responsibilities of schools and academies

Schools and academies have an important role to play in educating pupils and parents about the impact of poor attendance on pupils' achievement and on their life chances.

Useful resources

Use our bank of useful resources to support your work to improve pupils' attendance in your school.

Check back regularly to see our latest updates of policies, guidance, research and useful websites.

Our traded services offer

Schools can buy in:

  • early help to monitor and track attendance
  • dedicated EWO time to support your improvement of whole school attendance 
  • early intervention and case work with families to prevent the need for legal intervention
  • comprehensive support and intervention to improve pupil attendance from the point of assessment to legal intervention, where deemed appropriate
  • comprehensive preparation and completion of court documentation
  • liaison with legal services, including subsequent legal action.

Feedback about our service

  • I want to thank you for never giving up on me'. I'm now working and helping young people who, like me, didn't attend school for one reason or another.
    Former pupil
  • We had a very good OFSTED outcome and our education welfare officer was fabulous with his support for Angie and the school. His work with our team has had real impact and we are thrilled with the service.
    Barnsley school
  • I was very impressed with the commitment of the team and their collective determination to make a difference to the lives of very vulnerable children. The service is doing great work and should be proud of what they are achieving. I gained a great deal from my visit with an EWO and I had a really useful reminder at firsthand of the challenges faced by our frontline staff.
    Rachel Dickinson, Executive Director for People
  • You and your staff are a credit to BMBC and should be proud of your contribution to the lives and welfare of the young people you work with.
    Councillor Margaret Bruff, Elected Member for MBC Central Ward
  • The education welfare officer working with the youth offending team has helped me get my son back on track with his school work. She's helped him get back into education and listened to his problems.
    Barnsley parent