Wirral’s Education Social Welfare Service seeks to ensure that every child receives the maximum benefit from the education opportunities provided. We work in partnership with children and young people, parents and carers, school staff and other agencies to achieve this.
Parents who are concerned about their child’s school attendance should contact us on 0151 666 3433.
As a traded service schools and academies can choose how much of the service’s time they buy in. Schools may then refer pupils who are persistently absent and they will be supported to improve their attendance.
Statutory services we provide include:
- tracking children missing from education
- Children missing from education procedure
- Children missing from education procedures flowchart
- Referral form
- prosecuting parents who fail in their legal responsibilities, under the Education Act 1996 Section 444, to ensure their children attend school regularly
- perusing applications for Education Supervision Orders and School Attendance Orders
- issuing warning letters and Fixed Penalty Notices to parents in relation to unauthorised absence from school and unauthorised holidays in term time in accordance with the locally agreed protocol
- Fixed Penalty Notice protocol
Home schooling support
- monitoring the progress of children who are educated at home by their parents, under the Education Act 1996, Section 7 and Section 437
- Elective home education procedures
Employment and performance licences
- support in safeguarding children and young people against the dangers of illegal employment and raising awareness of the risks of child employment and performances
- all young people of compulsory school age who work are required to have a work permit
- Child employment byelaws
- Work permit application form
- in some circumstances, young people of school age performing in public may require a licence to do so. This includes singing, dancing, acting, modelling, etc. particularly if the event is organised for profit
- Child performance licence best practice guidance
- Child performance working hours restrictions
- Child performance licence application
- support to children at risk of not receiving a suitable education including looked after children, children from traveller families, and children involved in the youth justice system, under the Education Act 2006, Section 4
- supporting and challenging schools causing concern including those in Ofsted categories as appropriate, under the Education Act 2005, section 15
Parents who require further information should contact 0151 666 3483.