Education welfare service

Statutory services

We provide the following statutory services:

  • Tracking cases where children are missing
    from education.

  • Managing and tracking of children whose parents choose to electively home educate.

  • Managing fixed penalty notice arrangements.

  • Pursuing of cases through the legal framework in line with current legislation when early intervention fails to improve attendance, including School Attendance Panel and the submission of written evidence to court.

  • Issuing of child employment and performance licences.

Objectives in our core areas of work to help us meet our statutory responsibilities

  • To ensure children of compulsory school age are receiving a suitable education either by regular attendance or otherwise

  • To enforce school attendance under Sections 444, 444A and 444ZA of the Education Act 1996

  • To undertake enforcement proceedings under Section 103 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006

  • To instigate proceedings under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996

  • To consider applying for an Education Supervision Order (ESO) before commencing legal proceedings against parents and/or carers and delivering directions

  • To support school improvement through promoting regular attendance at schools/academies as a pre-requisite to raising levels of achievement for pupils in line with Department for Education (DfE) Statutory Guidance and Ofsted’s Inspection Framework

  • To undertake the council's statutory duty under the Education Act 1996, the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, and Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006 in relation to school attendance and children missing from education

  • To fulfil the local authority’s statutory duties in relation to child employment under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (as amended), the Children (Protection at Work) Regulations 2000, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Employment Of Children Byelaws and Children in Entertainment and Licensing of Chaperones under relevant legislation

  • To ensure schools/academies are compliant with the Education (Pupil Registration - England) Regulations 2006 and Section 434 and 551 of the Education Act 1996

  • To assist in fulfilling the obligations placed on the local authority under the Children Act 1989 in relation to Child Protection, the Children in Need Assessment Framework, Education Supervision Orders and looked after children

  • To ensure that vulnerable children and young people, identified by schools/ academies, parents or carers, self, or other agencies are supported to access their education where there are issues relating to attendance

  • To ensure that schools and academies comply with section 157/175 of the Education Act 2002 regarding their safeguarding responsibilities

Statutory responsibilities

As part of out statutory offer, local authority maintained schools will receive education welfare officer contact to make sure that the service and the school work together to meet the statutory responsibilities.

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