What are safe and well checks?
Schools and local authority (LA) social care teams can make visits to pupils’ homes to check on their welfare. These can go by various names, including safe and well checks and welfare checks.
Safe and well checks are a form of home visit. See our guidance on conducting home visits safely.
When are safe and well checks made?
Schools often make safe and well checks if:
- A pupil is absent from school without a valid reason and
- The school hasn't been able to make contact with the pupil's parent/carer or
- The school has received a reply that it's concerned about
The school explains this in attendance information for parents published on its website (click 'reporting student absence', then 'actions on school