The Education Social Work Service

The Education Social Work Service

The Education Social Work Service acts on behalf of  Bradford Children's Services in enforcing a parent's duty to ensure regular school attendance; it also discharges the authority's responsibility to monitor child employment and is responsible for the issuing of Child Employment Permits and Entertainment Licences for school age children.

Education Welfare Officers (EWOs);and Education Social Workers (ESW's) work closely with schools and families to resolve issues of poor school attendance. They support children and families when pupils are experiencing difficulties in school or welfare issues are disrupting a child's education. The service also provides support and advice to schools in developing strategies to improve pupil attendance.

In enforcing attendance, EWOs and ESW's have a variety of powers to help them ensure that children are properly educated.These include the issuing of Penalty Notice fines or the prosecution of parents who fail to ensure their children do attend school regularly. The Local Authority can also serve a notice or School Attendance Order on a parent requiring the parent to register their child at school if the child is not in receipt of a suitable and appropriate education.

To make a referral to the Education Social Work Service use the contact numbers below or download the Education Social Work Service Referral form


In order that we can provide an effective response to referrals we have set out a number of expectations that need to be met by schools before the referral can be actioned and can be viewed here

By the same token, here is what schools can expect from the Education Social Work Service following the receipt of a referral

Contact Us


By telephone: 01274 439651

By email
Waheeda Shah

Lindsey Fallon




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