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Education Welfare Officer

Education welfare officers (sometimes known as education social workers) work with schools, pupils and families to resolve issues of poor attendance. Closely linked to this job is schools attendance officer.

responsibilities include:

  • meeting with school staff, pupils and parents to identify problems and possible solutions
  • advising parents about their legal responsibility to ensure their children receive an education up to the age of 16, and taking action through the magistrates court if necessary
  • helping families to receive all the benefits and help they are entitled to, for example financial help with school meals, transport and clothing
  • making referrals to other agencies, such as social services, educational psychologists, health professionals or the Connexions service
  • making home visits or meeting pupils and parents in school to provide ongoing support
  • encouraging parents to make good relationships with the school
  • helping arrange alternative education for pupils who are excluded from school
  • doing administrative tasks such as writing up case notes, sending letters to parents and preparing court reports.
  • Education welfare officers are also involved in regulating child employment, advising on child protection issues, and preparing reports on pupils with special educational needs as part of the statementing process.

For more information on the role of education welfare officers click here

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