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Attendance and Welfare

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Making Every Day Count

The Attendance and Welfare Service (AWS) fulfils statutory duties on behalf of the local authority in relation to attendance and children missing education/missing children including working with schools, children/young people and parents/carers and undertaking legal action in the Magistrates Court and Family Proceedings Court when necessary. It also operates the Child Protection Advice Line and undertakes child employment and entertainment monitoring and enforcement.

Schools are offered an enhanced purchased service and can decide how best to deploy the AWS time that they purchase from the following list:
- Working with school staff on developing whole school attendance policies, re-integration policies, monitoring and evaluation.
- Training and guidance for staff on dealing with absence in relation to contact with pupils and their families.
- Supporting schools in using the DfE Persistent Absence approach to pupil non-attendance.
- Liaising with feeder primaries, year 6/7 transfer and integration projects.
- General whole school or targeted register inspections as required, including written reports.
- Training and guidance on the upkeep of registers in order to maximise attendance reporting and identify concerns for action.
- Linking with learning mentors, school pastoral staff and home school workers.
- Parents’ meetings on issues associated with attendance, for example unauthorised leave/holidays in term time.
- Facilitating parents’ courses in school.
- Attending highlighting and inclusion meetings.
- Organising/facilitating in-school attendance panels.
- Group work around attendance related issues with pupils.
- Prompt follow up of individual cases, preventative and outreach work through home visits, contact with families and other agencies, with written reports for school staff.
- Use of the Tower Hamlets Penalty Notice Scheme to address Attendance-related Concerns with appropriate cases that meet the criteria.
- Completion of Early Help Assessments to help identify the additional needs of a child or young person and to agree, with the child and family, what support is appropriate.
- Establishing and participating in pastoral support programmes for attendance for individual pupils.
- Taking the Lead Professional role and coordinating the work of the Team around the Child (TAC).
- Accessing services from other agencies and council services.
- Developing cross borough contacts and knowledge of multi-agency provision to support pupils living in other areas.
- Referrals to the Attendance Legal Panel / Social Inclusion Panel for consideration for prosecution in court and implementation of subsequent recommendation from the Panels.
- Completion of Section 9 Witness Statements for cases for prosecution in accordance with guidance from the LA.
- Attending Court Hearings for cases as the key witness for the prosecution.
- Continuing to undertake ongoing monitoring and casework as necessary.
- Completion of reports on attendance for the school.
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