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They will spend time in school on a regular basis monitoring attendance by checking registers, but they have other roles too.

Educational welfare officers are employed by the LEA.

 Their main responsibilities are:

  • ensuring children attend school regularly – you can report any child about whose attendance you have concerns to the education welfare officer to follow up including a child who is persistently late or whose parents regularly collect them late
  • making home visits – where there are concerns about attendance or to support parents in other appropriate ways
  • advising parents of their rights in relation to educational matters
  • working with children – counselling on bullying, stealing, truancy, school phobia and any other issues which may affect a child’s attendance at school
  • involvement with social services, working jointly on some cases
  • close liaison with other agencies, often attending liaison meetings along with the educational psychologist, school nurse, special needs coordinator and headteacher
  • transport issues
  • holiday schemes.

The school can refer a child to the educational welfare officer through the LEA’s usual referral channels, or direct on a separate referral form. Also, the officer may identify a child who has poor attendance at school to follow up on.

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