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We are in the process of moving to a single website for the Education Authority. When using this website, please also check the EA website www.eani.org.uk to ensure you are accessing the most up to date information.

This section of the Board’s Website covers areas where financial or other assistance is provided to parents and students in certain circumstances and in accordance with the policies of the Board and the Department of Education.

Free School Meals are available for children aged 4-18 in full-time education who meet the eligibility criteria.

Maintenance Allowances to help meet the cost of keeping children in full-time education after they have attained the upper limit of compulsory school age (16). The allowance is means tested on the basis of parental income.

Transport Assistance is provided in certain circumstances which are detailed in the relevant web pages. Also included are details of the Application Process and Answers to Most Frequently Asked Questions.

School Uniforms The Board also provides financial assistance towards the cost of School Uniforms for pupils at primary, secondary, grammar, and special schools. PE clothing may be provided for 11-18 year old pupils who attend schools, or colleges/institutes of further and higher education if PE is part of the course. Applicants have to meet the eligibility criteria detailed in the uniforms page.

Student Support provides an Enquiry and Information facility to provide an electronic channel for student support.

Educational Welfare Service Contacts

Education Welfare Service HQ
Education Authority South Eastern Region
Grahamsbridge Road
BT16 2HS 

Chief Education Welfare Officer
Deputy Chief Education Welfare Officer (Operational)
Deputy Chief Education Welfare Officer (Child Protection)
Deputy Chief Education Welfare Officer (Child Protection)
Anne Mallaghan
Paul Blanchflower
Alison Casey
Colum Boal
02890 566941
02890 566941
02890 566413
02890 566413

Senior Education Welfare Officer (Mid Down)
Ardmore House
95A Saul Street
Downpatrick, BT30 6NJ
Anne Breen

02844 615704

Senior Education Welfare Officer (North Down)
c/o Kilcooley Primary School
Ganaway Avenue
Bangor, BT19 1QS
Moyra Liddle

02891 468974

Senior Education Welfare Officer (Lisburn)
c/o Beechlawn Special School
3 Dromore Road, 
Hillsborough, BT26 6PA
David McAuley 02892 683111

Senior Education Welfare Officer (LAC) 
c/o Blythefield Primary School
Blythe Street
Belfast, BT12 5HX
Anne-Marie Bagnall 02890 247654