Education Welfare

Education Welfare

We have a professionally qualified and experienced team that are used to dealing with the complexities, practicalities and impact of poor school attendance.

Our Education Welfare Officers (EWOs) are trained to work with young people and families, with a track record of being able to challenge, support and solve issues that have historically led to poor attendance.

Staff have extensive experience of individual casework management and knowledge of attendance issues including policy, law and best practice.

The team can deliver a wide range of assessments, casework and targeted interventions, including delivery of all statutory enforcement processes and procedures. Strong links with neighbouring local authorities supported by cross-border working protocols allow our team to address attendance issues for all pupils, irrespective of home address.

The key elements of our service include:
  • Helping schools to manage the key performance area of Persistent Absence (PA)
  • Early intervention in cases where attendance is starting to cause concern.
  • Establishing effective home-school links and ensuring parents and carers understand their legal responsibilities
  • A casework service to support regular school attendance by identifying and helping to address any pupil and/or family needs linked to attendance.
  • Cross-border working protocols with neighbouring local authorities to ensure pupils attending Liverpool schools are engaged irrespective of living out of authority.
  • Representing schools as requested at a range of multi-agency forums supporting families and pupils, including safeguarding meetings.
  • Supporting the development of best practice in school by auditing and review of attendance management practice and procedures.
  • Advice on attendance data management.

Service Agreements

A dedicated Education Welfare Officer will work in partnership with your school, offering a flexible service which responds to individual needs and priorities. The service is available across the academic year.
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Elective Home Education

Elective home education (also called home-schooling) refers to the circumstance in which a parent decides to provide education for their child at home rather than sending them to school.
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Flexi Schooling

Also known as flexible school attendance, flexi-schooling is a way in which children can attend school part-time – legally.
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Children Missing Education

The CME team support any work surrounding children who have become lost from local or national education systems.
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The team can provide advice on attendance planning, including a review of your current attendance policy or a bespoke data analysis report.
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To find out more about our Education Welfare team and what we offer, please email [email protected]