Education Welfare Officer
Purpose of the job:
To provide an Education Welfare Service for students and their families at the Academy. To ensure, in conjunction with others, that students receive education appropriate to their needs by regular attendance at the Academy. To assist them to obtain maximum benefit from their education and to be involved in the development of the service and staff.
· To act as children’s education advocate and to facilitate the educational partnership between home, school, community and Local Authority, by support, liaison and negotiation; and where conflict arises to give paramount consideration to the interests of the child.
· To take supportive/remedial action in respect of individual absentees to secure their regular attendance at school or other education provision.
· To take statutory action over non-attendance cases when necessary, including presentation of cases in court, under the Education Act 1996 and the Children Act 1989; and to be the designated supervisor for Education Supervision Orders.
· To advise and support schools in the implementation of School Attendance Regulations and in the use of attendance statistics for the monitoring and management of school attendance.
· To take supportive/remedial action in respect of children with socially-related emotional/behavioural difficulties in school and those with special educational needs; and to provide advice and assistance for parents, carers and pupils in all matters related to exclusions from school.
· To visit schools regularly and provide guidance and support to staff, parents, carers and pupils in accordance with service agreements negotiated with the school.
· To contribute pro-actively and with a preventative emphasis to relevant areas of school policy and planning including the development of a whole school attendance policy and liaison with governors as appropriate.
- To invoke and participate in child protection procedures, as appropriate, including making education social work contribution to design and implementation of child protection plans; to provide child protection advice, information and support to school staff.
- To make referral to, to liaise and collaborate in joint work with other practitioners, educational colleagues, local agencies and community groups in relation both to individual cases and aspects of children’s general welfare.
· To provide advice and support to parents, schools and children on welfare matters, and to mobilise financial and other material resources from voluntary and statutory sources where required to further educational opportunities.
· To submit invoices for purchase of materials and small equipment and to claim reimbursement from Area Office petty cash, as necessary.
· To implement aspects of the legislation governing the employment of children and children in entertainment.
· To initiate developments and acquire knowledge/expertise in agreed specialist area(s) of education social work practice and to establish associated Area databases.
· To provide consultation and contribute to training for other Education Welfare Service staff and for student/staff on placement from other agencies.
· Will be required to work with multi agencies.
· To supervise, assess and evaluate social work and other students on placement in the service, as required.
· To maintain appropriate records, prepare assessments and reports; and provide statistics as required.
The post holder will carry out any other reasonable duties within the overall function commensurate with the grading and level of responsibilities of the post.
External: Multi Agency representatives, parents/carers and members of the public.
Internal: Students, staff, parents and any other visitors to the Academy.
This job description may be subject to change, following consultation between the post holder and the Academy.
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Experience and Knowledge
Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate
- A recognised and relevant vocational qualification (NVQ level 3) and/or equivalent practical work experience (A/I/C)
- Grade C or above in both English and Maths, or equivalent (C)
- Willingness to undertake relevant training focused on the Children’s Services needs (A)
- Working with children and adults (A/R)
- Working in multi-cultural contexts (A/R)
- Working with challenging people (A/R)
- Good interpersonal skills (A/I/R)
- Ability to work as a team (A/I/R)
- Good time management skills (A/I/R)
- Excellent communication skills (A/I/R)
- Good ICT skills (A/I/R)
- Commitment to self and team development (A/I)
- Have a good sense of humour (A/I)
- Able to maintain a safe, calm and happy ethos (A/I)
- A commitment to abide by and promote the academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A/I)
- A professional responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people (A/I)
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS (C)
- Working with multi-agencies (A/I)
- CWDC Qualification (C)