A central priority for the Board has been the establishment and building of the National Educational Welfare Service. The NEWB’s network of Educational Welfare Officers (EWOs) is the key means by which the Board delivers on its statutory remit to ensure that each child attends and benefits from education.
Educational Welfare Officers work in communities throughout the country acting as advocates or supports to parents, guardians and children experiencing difficulty with school attendance or educational welfare.
The National Educational Welfare Board is beginning to develop a national service. It is not possible to have staff working in every town and village throughout the country at present.
Educational Welfare Officers will be appointed to work with children who are not receiving an education and to work in areas with high levels of disadvantage.
The service will be extended further in accordance with the resources provided by Government.