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Education Support Service

The Education Support Service (ESS) is our statutory service for the enforcement of school attendance and other education related legal interventions for children in employment, children in entertainment and elective home education.

Information for Parents

Child Employment and Entertainment

Elective Home Education

Information, advice and guidance for parents considering Elective Home Education for their child

Children Missing Education

We are concerned about any children/young people living in the Dudley Borough who may be missing from education.

We seek to do this through the concept of parental responsibility and we actively engage parents to ensure that a child’s needs are met; enabling them to benefit from access to education.  Parents have a legal duty to ensure their children receive provision of suitable education.

We work across children and adult services and also work to protect vulnerable adults within the criminal justice system and ensure that their rights are protected.

Our Mission

  • To act with integrity, fairness, compassion, positive attitude, and a consistent endeavour to respect the rights of others, co-workers, and those we serve.
  • Be accountable to our community, and deliver excellent customer service.
  • Seek to educate citizens; enforcing the law where appropriate; and building collaborative relationships with residents, businesses, education providers, community groups, and local government agencies.
  • We will ensure measurable consistency of enforcement and responsiveness to complaints, provide comprehensive policies, work to the national occupational standards and compliance and provide the highest quality enforcement service to the community.

If you are concerned about a child...

We operate a community preventative service for residents to report any concerns about children who are out of school during term time, or concerns about children working

Upon receipt of information we will investigate any reports and take a number of steps to alleviate the concerns of the community by either validating why a child is out of school or working, as there may be a genuine reason for it, or by taking measures to ensure the matter is addressed. 

If you have any concerns please contact us. 

Platinum Jubilee book to arrive in primary schools from mid-May

You may have recently seen media coverage relating to each child in state funded primary education receiving the gift of a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee commemorative book.  Distribution of this via schools will begin in mid-May and be completed before the end of the academic year. 

We have had a few queries about whether children in home education will also receive this gift.  

While children at independent schools and those in elective home education will not receive this book, it will be available for private purchase via online and high street booksellers from 23 June 2022. A digital version of the book will also be available, at no charge to readers, from September.

Press release from the Department for Education