Education Welfare Officer
Umbrella rate at GBP17.00 an hour
Working on behalf of a Local Authority, Aatom Recruitment has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Education Welfare Officer role on a 3 month contract with a possibility of an extension. They would like someone who has the experience and knowledge in the following:
Purpose of the role -
- Show commitment to Equality of Opportunity and an anti-oppressive culture.
- To monitor the performance of schools in relation to attendance.
- Ensure that children of statutory school age are receiving appropriate education in school or otherwise, in accordance with relevant legislation. This includes accessing and inspecting school admission and attendance registers in accord with statutory responsibilities.
- To support schools to develop, implement and review their policies in relation to attendance and other aspects of Education Improvement.
- To provide an advisory service to parents on admission to schools, exclusions, attendance and other pupil welfare issues.
- To help prevent the exploitation and abuse of children and young people.
- On behalf of schools assess the circumstances which have led to the breakdown of school attendance, identifying causes and other significant factors which can assist in resolving the problem.
The duties will include providing support for schools, pupils and their families with the aim of improving Attendance at school.
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a commitment to education, and experience of working with children and/or families. The successful candidate will also require knowledge of current legislation and policies and procedures in relation to School Attendance, child protection and children missing education.
Duties and Responsibilities -
- To undertake, when required, the elements of both practitioner roles of the School Attendance Service - the School Attendance Education Officer and the School Attendance Improvement Officer.
- To work with school staff to further develop schools' strategies, policy and procedures for improving attendance and disseminate new practice.
- To support schools to have procedures in place for responding to Child Protection issues and work with the school staff to facilitate their development.
- To follow up CME referrals from the school and from the Deputy Principal School Attendance Improvement Officer.
- To help schools to target resources - including the time of School Attendance Education Officers - for the most vulnerable groups of pupils in relation to attendance and exclusions.
- To help schools to conduct school audits.
- To work with identified groups of pupils to overcome difficulties and to improve attendance.
- To work with the Deputy Principal School Attendance Improvement Officer and School Attendance Improvement Officers, to examine patterns of attendance across designated schools and between different groups of pupils.
- To attend case conferences and make enquiries about pupils as necessary.
- To maintain a caseload and work programme in conjunction with schools.
- To prepare case notes, court reports and present information and reports for a variety of purposes in connection to the statutory functions of the service.
- In liaison with the Education Officer, to develop good relationships between home and school and undertake home visits.
- To contribute to, and where appropriate lead on inter-agency work.
- To contribute to the development and review of school policy on attendance.
- To attend team meetings and participate in training appropriate to the post.
- To undertake additional duties at the request of the Deputy Principal School Attendance Improvement Officer.
- To uphold equal opportunities in employment, in advice and in service delivery.
- To comply with all the requirements of Health and Safety Legislation and Council Policy, taking appropriate action where necessary.
- To comply with all the Council's Standing Orders and financial regulations.
- To carry out duties requested by the Director of Children commensurate with the grading of the post.
Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience -
- Implement and act in accordance with the Information Security Acceptable Use policy and Data Protection Policy.
- Protect the council's information assets from unauthorised access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference.
- Report actual or potential security incidents.
- A commitment to supporting people in difficult circumstances
- Worked in a similar position before in a Local Authority background.