The role of the local authority Education Welfare Service
(Attendance and Prosecution Service)
- The Local Authorities (LAs) are responsible, by law, for making sure that pupils (of compulsory school age) are registered and attend their school regularly.
- The Attendance and Prosecution Service works work closely with schools to monitor and enforce regular attendance.
- If you do not co-operate with the school and Attendance and Prosecution Service may implement legal action under Education Act 1996 and/or Children Act 1989.
The service also:
- Seeks to prevent the exploitation of young people in employment and entertainment. (Children and Young Persons Acts 1933 and 1963 and Local byelaws).
- Works together with schools and other agencies to protect children/young people from abuse. (Children Act 1989) in partnership with Sandwell Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) Procedures.
- Holds information relating to children and young people who are electively home educated where known.
Support from the school
Your child's school is the first place to go to discuss any attendance problems.
The Attendance and Prosecution Service's main function is to:
- Encourage and, where necessary, enforce school attendance;
- Safeguard and promote the welfare of children in order that they may reach their full potential.
Attending school on a regular basis is the key to your child doing well at school and will set them up with good habits for later life. It will also give your child the opportunity to:
- Make friends and feel included.
- Learn new things and develop skills.
- Increase confidence and self-esteem.
- Improve social skills.
- Have better career prospects.
- Achieve their potential and fulfil their aspirations.
Please call us on:
0121 569 8147
We are based at:
Attendance and Prosecution Service
Sandwell Council House