Education Welfare Service and child employment

The Education Welfare Service (EWS):

  • 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.

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 educationwelfare@bexley.gov.uk

Child employment

The youngest age a child can work part-time is 13, except children involved in areas like:

  • television
  • theatre
  • modelling

Apply for a child employment work permit

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