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Role of Education Welfare Officer

Updated on Thursday, 2 August 2018, 1079 views

If a child has a very poor attendance record an Educational Welfare Officer may be asked to investigate. EWOs are employed by the local authority  and past of their role is to prepare the case if an authority is considering taking legal action against parents or guardians for failing to send children to school. Although  there is no obligation on practices to provide information to EWOs, the LMC recommends that GPs should agree to a booked telephone consultation  with an EWO under these circumstances because of the implications for the family.  However, no information should be shared without the consent of the parents unless there is an immediate safeguarding concern.

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