Education Welfare Service

The principal aim of the local authority education welfare service is to work in partnership with pupils, parents, schools and other agencies to maximise the school attendance of children and young people.

The service does this by having education welfare officers available to support parents and young people in order that young people can reach their academic potential by attending school regularly. However, if parents or those with day-to-day care are not supporting good attendance, the education welfare service can use their statutory powers to issue penalty notices for unauthorised school absences or take parents to court to secure improvements. Further information is available from East Riding of Yorkshire Council:

The education welfare service also:

  • provides support to parents
  • promotes and monitors the safety of children and young people in employment and entertainment
  • supports the education of pregnant school girls and school age parents
  • monitors and supports the education provided by parents who electively home educate
  • supports the education of children looked after by the local authority
  • helps keep children safe and well by tracing children missing education