Education Social Welfare Service

Education Social Welfare

The Education Social Welfare Service (ESWS) works within a legal framework to enable the Children and Young People’s Department to discharge its legal obligations. The Service seeks to ensure that every child/young person receives the maximum benefit from the education opportunities provided.

The Service utilises a range of strategies and interventions, working in partnership with children and young people, parents and families, school staff and other agencies to overcome barriers to education and achieve improved outcomes for children and families. The Service will consist of two elements: The statutory element, which relates to the council’s legal obligations and is provided to schools and academies by entitlement (free of charge) and the Traded Services element, which can be purchased by schools and is outlined below.

Included in the service

  • Each school may choose the number of half-day sessions it purchases [minimum 3 sessions]. This would also include support if the case is prosecuted via court (witness statement will be prepared by ESWS provided the school has purchased sufficient ESW time).

    Examples of how ESWS time might be used are:
    - 3 sessions: 1 visit per term, including advice and guidance in relation to registration procedures, strategic advice on improving whole school attendance and punctuality, and advice in relation to complex cases and issues
    - 6 sessions: 1 visit per half term. As above plus advice and support re school attendance panels, advice and support re attendance/punctuality week, and one piece of family casework (at any given time)
    - 12 sessions: 2 visits per half term. Services as above plus 2 pieces of family casework (at any given time). This may include multidisciplinary work, family common assessment framework and team around the family model
    - 20 sessions: Half a day’s ESW work each fortnight. Services as above plus 3 pieces of family casework (at any given time)
    - 39 sessions: Half a day’s ESW work each week including at least 1 school visit per week. Service as above plus up to 5 cases (at any given time). Other interventions may be included by agreement
    - 78 sessions: 1 day ESW work each week with service as above plus up to 10 cases [at any given time] - Additional sessions, for example, for staff training, may be purchased by agreement
  • In the event of sickness leave, ESWS will agree contingency arrangements
  • Pressure point support project supports families at times of need by providing interventions both at school and at home. Issues addressed include self-esteem, peer relationships, risk-taking, bullying and resilience, parenting skills, managing behaviour, family breakdown, and bereavement.

Benefits to your school

  • Advice and guidance in relation to registration procedures and absence codes to ensure schools are meeting their legal obligations
  • Advice and guidance in relation to Ofsted Inspections
  • Strategic advice on improving whole school attendance and punctuality
  • Advice in relation to complex cases and issues
  • Family casework including home visits, multidisciplinary working, family common assessment framework, team around the family model, children in need and children with a child protection plan
  • Support in cases being prosecuted via court. Provided the school has purchased sufficient ESW time. Witness statements will be prepared by ESWS. Schools not buying in will need to provide evidence, prepare a witness statement and attend court and the case will be prosecuted by the council
  • Advice and support regarding school attendance panels
  • Advice and support regarding attendance/punctuality week
  • Other interventions by agreement.
  • Support for families via pressure point support service. Additional sessions, for example, for staff training, by agreement

Quality Assurance

  • The Team Manager (ESWS) will oversee the service and report to the Head of Transformation - Schools and Learning
  • Termly reports can be provided on request

Contact

Call Mike Clarke on 666 4934/3433 or email mikeclarke@wirral.gov.uk