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  1. Education Welfare Service

  2. Chief Education Welfare Officer Deputy Chief EWO 3(Child Protection) Deputy Chief EWO 1 (Operations Management) Senior EWO Derry North & Limavady Senior EWO Derry South Senior EWO Fermanagh/Omagh Senior EWO Strabane/ Omagh 8 EWOs (2 job share) 5EWOs 6 EWOs 6EWOs Organisational Structure

  3. Mission Statement “The EWS promotes the participation of children and young people in beneficial education by a partnership and inclusive approach”

  4. Framework for Legislation • Education and Libraries (N.I.) Order 1986 • The Children (N.I.) Order 1995 • Human Rights Act 1998 • Section 75 N.I. Act 1998 • S.E.N.D.O. 2005 (Special Education Needs Disability Order) • Education and Libraries (N.I.) Order 2003

  5. Policies and Procedures ELB and Schools’ Child Protection Policies (Pastoral Care, Bullying, Attendance etc) DENI 1999/10 Pastoral Care in Schools: Child Protection Cooperating to Safeguard Children 2003 Regional Area Child Protection Policies and Procedures WELB Education Welfare Service Manual

  6. Strategic Objectives • To assist schools to develop a whole school approach for the promotion of regular attendance • To operate within agreed criteria for referral to schools and to respond appropriately • To empower parents to meet their legal responsibilities

  7. Strategic Objectives • To engage with families and children in a structured and purposeful way • To engage in efficient and effective intra-board partnerships • To establish effective working relationships with appropriate external bodies

  8. Improving School Attendance Northern Ireland Audit Office Report 2004

  9. Recommendations from 2004 • Develop a more strategic perspective in relation to improving school attendance • Bring about change in school policy and procedures and disseminate good practice ideas on managing attendance • Use data effectively to deal with low attendance

  10. Outcomes from 2004 • Attendance Data collected annually • Every School a Good School • Attendance policies • School Attendance Matters : A parents guide • Tess • Sam • Lac

  11. Improving School Attendance Northern Ireland Audit Office – Follow up Report 2014

  12. Outcomes from 2014 • Attendance Strategy • Attendance Networks • Effective use of Data • Closer working relationship between schools and EWS • Target groups most at risk of poor attendance

  13. Regional Education & Library Boards Action Plan

  14. Consultation Collaboration Resources

  15. “Regular school attendance and educational attainment are inextricably linked and regular attendance ensures that pupils get the best possible outcomes from their period in compulsory education” Improving Pupil Attendance Follow-up Report 2014

  16. Education Welfare Service

  17. A key Principle of the Education Welfare Service is a commitment to the care and welfare of young people and families. Mediation Assessment Intervention Support Protection Care Enforcement Justice Control Statutory role

  18. Service Level Agreement • EWS and School Process • Liaison Arrangements

  19. School Process Authorised Absence School Meeting Talk to child Attendance Policy Monitor Attendance Phone Call to Parent Letter to Parent

  20. Effective Liaison • Agreed set times • Accurate Data • Up to date pupil information • Review

  21. Education Welfare Process School Action Referral Allocation Assessment Intervention Action Plan (if required) Review Close Case

  22. Legal Process Referral Education Welfare Service Child focused action Children’s (NI) Order 1995 Parent focused action Education & Libraries (NI) Order 1986 Family Proceedings Court Magistrates Court Care Order Education Supervision Order Adjournment Adjournment Fine

  23. Intervention Process - Young People and Families - School Action - EWS Action - Action by other agencies - Legal/Court Action

  24. Questions and Answers