Education Welfare Officer

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Please Note: Interviews will be held on the 1st and 2nd of August 2018 between 9am and 12pm An Enhanced DBS valid within 12 months is required An NVQ in Education Welfare, DipSW, CQSW or degree in a related field, or equivalent professional qualification is essential Contracted as 28 hours per week (Term Time only) with extra hours in holidays to be agreed. Purpose: Work within Education Inclusion to deliver a service that enables pupils to receive their entitlement to education Support families, pupils and schools in addressing all attendance matters, and where necessary, enforcing relevant legislation to ensure that children have the opportunity to meet the Every Child Matters Outcomes To be professionally responsible and accountable for the assessment of educational needs and to assist in the planning and evaluation of the service to meet the government and council's targets to reduce absence and increase attendance and achievement in schools. Duties: To be responsible for and manage a caseload of both allocated schools and individual referrals To provide advice and guidance to headteachers, teachers and governors, parents/carers and pupils on issues relating to the laws relating to attendance, absence management, pupil registration, Education Other than at School, Children in Entertainment and Employment, Chaperone licensing To identify, develop and implement appropriate strategies for maintaining and improving school attendance and reducing absence and disaffection with school To ensure that parents/carers understand their rights and responsibilities regarding the education of their children To work with the school/parents/agencies to locate children who are missing from education and to ensure that information is shared between authorities to protect the child To maintain accurate, effective and contemporaneous records of work in line with CSF standards of practice as directed by the EWS Manager To look strategically at absence and /or attendance across schools and/or the LA to inform the development of Policy to encourage and ensure access to education To offer parents support including making a referral for parenting support, using parenting agreements/contracts, CIN meeting and referrals to other agencies to support the parent To advise and support the parents/carers of pupils with special educational needs about school attendance and social inclusion and to contribute to assessments of Special Educational Needs where appropriate To have an understanding and awareness of the rights and responsibilities of Traveller families concerning the education of their children To support designated staff in schools regarding the relevant child protection procedures and related issues and to report any concerns to the Senior Education Welfare Officer or Manager of Education Welfare Service To make referrals within 24 hours of becoming aware of a Child Protection Concern to Social Care if a referral has not already been made in this instance and in a timely manner to other agencies to enable families to access services that promote the welfare of the child To provide reports and attend case conferences, reviews, core groups and other meetings as required, ensuring the implementation of the All London Child Protection Procedures and Local Safeguarding Board Procedures To work with schools to identify those cases that meet the criteria to be issued with a Penalty Notice and to issue Penalty Notices where appropriate Person Specification: The ability to communicate orally and in writing in connection with the preparation of reports, weekly plans and daily records; telephone/face-to-face interpersonal skills including tact and understanding The ability to work methodically, prioritising work in order to meet given deadlines Organisational and general administrative skills in connection with programming work and maintaining case files Knowledge and experience and ability to interpret and explain the requirements of relevant statutes Knowledge of court procedures in relation to prosecutions, Penalty Notices, School Attendance Orders and Education Supervisions Orders An understanding of the authority invested in an education welfare officer and how this is applied The ability to record, collate and interpret statistics The aptitude to perform an effective education welfare role by contributing to the establishment of good relationships between pupils, parents and schools Awareness of the needs of children, parents/guardians, schools and the community Knowledge and awareness of child protection issues and the need for the effective delivery of prompt, clear and concise information Knowledge of child employment, children in entertainment, chaperones and children electively home educated Experience of being the lead professional, chairing CIN mtgs and completing CAF's/CASA's Previous experience of working in a child focused organisation Previous experience of giving advice and guidance Proven ability to analyse data or procedures, writing reports to include both quantative and qualitative data and making recommendations to improve working practices Experience of working in a MASH or similar multi agency team with safeguarding responsibilities and an ability to assess risk. 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Contact: Kris Clare

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