Introduction

Parents and carers must ensure their child is in education, (Section 7, Education Act 2006)

Parents and carers usually enrol their child in a school or make suitable provisions to fulfil this statutory requirement.

The Education Welfare Service (EWS) fulfils our statutory responsibility in ensuring parents and carers have their child in education.

The EWS makes checks to identify any child missing from education. This may include home visits, school attendance sweeps, contacting known family members, liaising with Police and Housing Groups.

In Somerset, Education Welfare Officers (EWOs) are responsible for carrying out these duties. Each school in Somerset has a named officer who can be contacted through the school.

We issue Penalty Notices in conjunction with schools, to the parents or guardians of children who have missed school without authorisation and if parents want to query fines they should do so directly with the school.