Education Supervision Orders (ESOs)
The Education Welfare Service can apply for an
Education Supervision Order. This can be in addition to or instead
of a prosecution. An application for an ESO is heard in the Family
ESOs enable Education Welfare Officers to direct parents and the
child to co-operate with plans to make sure the child is
Before an order is applied for, the Education Welfare Service must
consult the parents, the children and all appropriate children’s
services departments. The Court must agree that an ESO is in the
best interests of the child.
The first Order is for one year. Extensions can be requested which
may be up to three years at a time. These extensions are possible
up until the time the child leaves school.
ESOs encourage parents and children to work in partnership with the
Education Welfare Officers. If parents do not, they can be taken
back to Court and fined. Cases can be referred to the Social and
Community Care Department to make investigations.