Education Welfare Officer

Barnet, London
Up to £175 per day
Part Time

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

WORK WITH SCHOOLS

Advise the schools on strategies to promote the regular and punctual attendance of all pupils and assist with implementation of those strategies.

Advise the school on systems, which monitor attendance and punctuality and assist with the maintenance of such systems.

Identify groups of pupils who may benefit from early intervention and deliver appropriate sessions of work.

Undertake casework with families to challenge and support them.

WORK WITH FAMILIES

Assess the circumstances leading to poor school attendance.

Guide and challenge parents in a timely manner.

Plan action with the child, family and school, involving specialist agencies if necessary, aimed at re-establishing regular attendance.

Support the child and family in reviewing strategies within the home that can

re-establish school attendance.

WORK WITH MULTI-AGENCY SAFEGUARDING HUB (MASH)

Provide education advice and support to the MASH, the borough’s central point for processing safeguarding concerns.

WORK WITH OTHER SERVICES AND AGENCIES, INCLUDING CHILD PROTECTION WORK ON BEHALF OF SCHOOLS.

Attend and contribute to multi-agency meetings and child protection case conferences when appropriate.

Be familiar with child protection procedures and give advice to head teachers and school staff.

Liaise with the Specialist Education Welfare Officers for Looked After Children and Children Missing from Education.

Work together with Social Workers and staff from health and other agencies to provide a service to families with children experiencing difficulties with their attendance at school.

WRITTEN AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK

Keep accurate and confidential files.

Undertake correspondence.

Prepare detailed reports for the Magistrates’ and Family Courts and for other purposes, by making use of available systems.

LEGAL FRAMEWORK

With support from the Courts’ Officer, provide evidence for legal proceedings under the Education Act 1996 against parents to fail to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school.

Provide reports so that the Local Authority can apply to the Family Proceedings Court under the Children Act 1989 for Education Supervision Orders in respect of children who are failing to attend school regularly

SUPERVISION, TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

Prepare for and take part in regular supervision sessions with a senior colleague to ensure effective performance management, as incorporated in the Education Welfare Team Plan.

Attend Whole Service Meetings for the purposes of monitoring, evaluating, and disseminating good practice.

Take part in identified training days.

PROMOTION OF CORPORATE VALUES

Ensure standards of customer care are met in accordance with the Council’s Statement of Values. Be aware of the Corporate Plan and how it affects the section.

Ensure that a high level of confidentiality is maintained in all aspects of work.

FLEXIBILITY

In order to deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed, and the post holder may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above. Such duties, however, will fall within the scope of the post, at the appropriate grade.

OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

There is an expectation that all staff in the Education Welfare Team will be available for work during school term times. Apart from occasional days, with the agreement of the Education Welfare Team Manager, the Education Welfare Officer will be expected to take Annual Leave during school holiday times.

Person Specificstion

Post Requirements

Essential/

Desirable

Criteria

Assessed

from:

Experience relevant

To post

E

Experience of working with young people

A/I

E

Experience and understanding of the education system

A/I

D

Experience and understanding of local government and other public services as they relate to children and families

A/I

Competencies and

Special aptitudes

E

Good interpersonal, oral communication skills.

A/I

E

Interviewing, assessment and negotiation skills.

A/I

E

Able to demonstrate problem solving skills

A/I

E

Understand the problems experienced by young children, especially those in crisis

A/I

E

Able to work alone under own initiative

A/I

E

Able to work as a team member

A/I

E

Able to demonstrate a commitment to multi-partnership work

A/I

E

Able to deal with stressful situations in a physically and emotionally demanding job

A/I

E

Able to organise workload and appointments

A/I

E

A high standard of literacy with the ability to produce clear concise written reports and convey information accurately

A/I

E

Good administrative and record-keeping skills

A/I

E

Good standard of computer and word processing skills.

A/I

Knowledge relevant to job

E

E

E

Demonstrate an understanding of the need to work within a statutory framework

Prepared to appear in Court and able to command the confidence of the court

Able to be based at designated schools within the borough

A/I

A/I

A/I

Education

D

Higher Education

A

D

Relevant professional qualification

A

Training

E

Able to accept and understand the need for training and supervision

A/I

Special job requirements

E

Able to undertake occasional evening work after consultation with the Education Welfare Team Manager

A/I

E

Possession of a full, clean driving licence and access to daily use of a vehicle

A/I

A/I

Commitment to council’s Aims and Values

E

Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities, anti-discriminatory practice and the need to work non-judgmentally.

A/I

Key:

E = Essential

D = Desirable

Key:

A= Application

Form

I = Interview

T = Test


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