TUSLA Educational Welfare Services
NEWB, 16-22 Green St., Dublin 7.
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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I leave school and start working?
The law says that every child aged from the age of 6 must receive an education. The minimum school leaving age is 16, or the completion of three years of post-primary education, whichever is the later.


What happens if I get suspended / expelled?
Your school must notify the National Educational Welfare Board.

If you are not happy with this decision your parents (or you if you are 18 years of age or over) have a right to Appeal it under what is called a Section 29 Appeal. Talk to an Educational Welfare Officer on 1890 36 36 66 for further information.


What do I do if I am bullied?
You first need to inform your parents and your school. Every school is required by the Department to have in place a policy which includes specific measures to deal with bullying behaviour. You, or your parents, should seek a copy of your schools Policy on Countering Bullying Behaviour.

Your parents should take this matter up with the school authorities in the first instance.


I’m pregnant what entitlements have I?
You should contact the Department of Social and Family Affairs on 01 874 8444 to find out about maternity benefits. You should also contact the Department of Education and Science on 01 8734 700 as you are entitled to a home tuition sanction of 9 hours a week for 10 weeks. This is usually provided for students who need to be absent from school in the later stages of pregnancy or immediately following the birth of baby when attendance may be impractical.


What happens if I miss more than 20 days?

The school must report to the National Educational Welfare Board if a student that is missing days for 20 days or more. If the absence is unexplained an NEWB Educational Welfare Officer will talk to the school and then may decide to contact you in an effort to improve your school attendance.

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