Education Welfare Service (EWS) and Child Licensing

The role of the Education Welfare Service (EWS) team:

  • to support children, families and schools with school attendance issues
  • implement statutory requirements including those for children in entertainment and child employment

Most schools in Bexley have an Education Welfare Officer from the service attached to them, though some schools and academies use an alternative provider to support them with attendance.

Links with other services

EWOs work closely with professionals such as:

  • members of the Early Intervention Team
  • social care
  • the SEN department
  • staff working on education inclusion

Referral to the EWS

EWOs visit schools regularly to help monitor children’s attendance. Schools are able to refer children when attendance is a concern, and if the referral is accepted the EWO will contact the parents to discuss further.

If there are queries regarding school attendance or the Education Welfare Service, please email

Child Employment

Note: All applicants for employment permits should refer to the current Government/Public Health England guidance around Covid-19 and comply with all guidance provided.

 Please refer to the following attachments:-

A guide to legislation about employing children can be found on GOV.UK Child employment.

Peformance Licences

Any queries regarding Performance Licences should be emailed to

Chaperone Licences

Those requiring a Chaperone application pack to be sent out should email giving their name and address.

General enquiries relating to school attendance can be obtained from Department for Education and National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment.