The service is provided by the Education Authority and is considered to be an essential support service not only to pupils but also to the county’s schools.
The general aim of the service is to attempt to solve problems which prevent children from benefiting from the education which is available, by offering advice or practical assistance. Emphasis is placed upon cases dealing with the following:
- attendance of children in schools
- child protection
- children with special needs
- supervise the arrangement in respect of the employment of children
Usually schools refer cases to the Service but children and families can contact the Education Welfare Officer directly in the Education Office. Tuition, either individually in the home or in small groups in community centres, is provided for pupils who are unable to attend school for prolonged periods due to medical or social (emotional and behavioural) difficulties.