ADSS Cymru welcomes Government’s move on home schooling but ‘more’ needs to be done

February 2018

Commenting on the Welsh Government’s announcement that while they will strengthen the policy and legislative framework around home educated children, they will not develop a statutory register, the President of ADSS Cymru, Dave Street said:

“We welcome the commitment from the Cabinet Secretary to introduce statutory guidance and we would be willing to offer our members’ expertise to help develop those proposals in greater detail.

“However, while this is a positive step forward, in our professional view, more must be done.

“There is at present, an absolute consensus across education and social care leadership that children in Wales would be best safeguarded by a requirement to have their wishes and feelings considered in relation to their education and that ultimately, they should be on a register.

“This would give the best possible chance to prevent any single child slipping through the net.”  

Jake Morgan, Director of Community Services at Carmarthenshire County Council and ADSS Cymru’s strategic lead on this issue, added:

“We welcome the opportunity to work with government on refining these proposals that should better support children who are educated at home.

However, we will be disappointed if the final result falls short of what has been recommended by the National Independent Safeguarding Board for Wales’s comprehensive review into this important area of policy.”