An Assembly report, published today by the Public Accounts Committee, has found that the Education Welfare Service (EWS) is not on top of the problem of non-attendance at school. The Report found that 16,000 pupils here miss almost six weeks of school, yet schools had not made referrals to the Education Welfare Service for support. The Report also found that the local unauthorised absence record was double that reported in England. There were particular problems for the most vulnerable young people, including pupils from social deprived backgrounds, Traveller children and children in care.
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