We aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to access education in a safe environment. Working within government guidance, legislation and Devon County Council policy the education welfare team supports schools in achieving higher level of attendance for the whole school as well as for the individual pupils by:
- Providing strategic advice supporting policy and operational practice within schools aligned with Ofsted requirements
- Offering advice and training on the evaluation and effective use of attendance data
- Progressing a clear escalation process to encourage improvement
- Instigating an effective legal process to address parental responsibility
- Maintaining multi-agency practice to address issues affecting good attendance
We provide advice and guidance on any problems that may impact on the ability of a child to access or sustain an acceptable level of attendance in education, including welfare issues, behaviour and special educational needs. We work collaboratively with schools and other agencies to help reduce youth crime, through the reduction in persistent absence and the use of rehabilitation work including the engagement in appropriate activities, of existing offenders and those young people most at risk of becoming involved in criminal activities.
Child employment and entertainment
We provide child employment and entertainment advice and guidance to employers and parents on Devon County Council byelaws that in addition to existing regulations and directives govern child employment and entertainment in Devon. providing applications, issuing and monitoring licence applications for the county.