Under the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000 Educational Welfare Officers (EWOs) of the Child and Family Agency work with young people and their families who are experiencing difficulty with school attendance. The main priority of their work is around the welfare of children and young people and on ensuring that concerns and problems around attendance are addressed before attendance becomes a crisis issue.
Under Section 14 (1) of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000 the Agency, through its Educational Welfare Services, maintains a register of children being educated in places other than recognised schools. A parent wishing to have their child educated at home or in a non-recognised setting (e.g. a private primary school that is not funded by the Department of Educational and Skills)must apply for registration and comply with the assessment process which determines whether or not the child is receiving a certain minimum education.