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Education Welfare Service

By law, all children of compulsory school age* are entitled to an efficient full-time education, suitable to their age, aptitude and ability. The Education Welfare Service (EWS) work with schools and parents to advise and ensure that children and young people are able to benefit from the education provided. The Education Welfare Service also works with other agencies and groups to address factors that contribute to absence from school.

In addition Education Welfare undertakes to protect children from exploitation and harm (including educationally) in the areas of child employment and entertainment.

Contact to the Education Welfare Service can be made via a designated Advice Line 03302 228200.

* Defined as being from the term after their 5th birthday until the last Friday in June of the school year in which she or he reaches the age of 16.


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