Safeguarding and Welfare Officer - Birmingham - September 17

Recruiter
Academics
Location
Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary
21000.0000
Posted
07 Jul 2017
Closes
06 Aug 2017
Sector
Education
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Safeguarding and Welfare Officer - Birmingham - September 2017

Hours/Weeks per year: 37 hours / term time only plus training days (46 weeks)

Job Status: Fixed Term for 12 Months

Responsible To: Head Teacher / Inclusion Manager

Salary: NJC Band E (£22,443 - £26,539) pro rata (actual salary £19,853 - £23,477)

Job Summary:

To support the development of safeguarding and child protection policies, training and procedures and guidance for the School and to assist in the coordination of referrals, arranging action and reviewing services for children and families.

Key Functions: Ensure there are policies, procedures, systems, structures, resources and personnel in place to promote the welfare and protection of children at the School and support vulnerable famailies. Actively work jointly with parents / carers and other agencies through joint planning, training and monitoring of their arrangements for the safeguarding of children.

To work with other staff to secure good outcomes for disadvantaged families and to assist teaching staff in narrowing the gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium children.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To implement the Schools DFE child protection policy and procedures.
  • Encourage good practice by promoting and championing the child protection policy and procedures.
  • Respond appropriately to disclosures or concerns which relate to the well-being of a child.
  • To maintain accurate, confidential and up-to-date documentation on all cases of safeguarding and child protection and report where required.
  • To work directly with children in need and their families in the community in order to promote, strengthen and develop the potential of parents/carers and their children in order to prevent children becoming looked after and/or suffering significant harm.
  • Where required, liaise with statutory agencies and ensure they have access to all necessary information.
  • To initiate and refer pupils to outside agencies and co-ordinate referrals.
  • To liaise with school staff in initiating multi-agency referrals for pupils.
  • When appropriate, to act as lead professional and coordinate Team Around the Child meetings
  • To support the care of children where their living arrangements are at risk of breakdown
  • To ensure that vulnerable pupils who are victims of abuse are supported appropriately and sensitively and that all actions assigned to Moat Farm from planning and interventions meetings are successfully carried out and monitored
  • To collate and produce statistical information with regards to safeguarding and pupil groups.
  • To work with identified pupil premium group pupils and their families to narrow the attainment gap.
  • To plan and assist on safeguarding training within school.

Accountabilities

  • Attend and participate in Child Protection Conferences and Planning and Review meetings whilst working closely with colleague's in Children's Services as required, some of which may take place out of normal working hours.
  • Plan and complete professional assessments of need and risk in respect of parents and carers using the Local Authority procedures for children in need and significant harm. Taking the lead responsibility to coordinate the multi-agency approach to prevent and address child protection issues and children in need within Moat Farm.
  • To maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • To liaise and coordinate with colleagues and outside organisations regarding the Common Assessment Framework and to coordinate and monitor all referrals and recommendations with the academy.
  • From referrals, develop a register of students who are 'At Risk' or have child protection plans
  • To adhere to the Schools' policies as outline in the staff handbook.

General Duties

  • To undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job
  • To undertake health and safety duties commensurate with the post and/or as detailed in the school health and safety policy.
  • To work in accordance to the schools equality policy.

Person Specification

Physical

  • Smart appearance with the ability to communicate with staff, pupils, parents and outside agencies with a polite, professional manner and to work under pressure.
  • You will be flexible and have excellent communication and organisational skills.

Qualifications

  • Good standard of education to include English and Maths at GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C or better.
  • Good experience of IT skills.

Specialist Knowledge

  • Demonstrable knowledge of the principles involved in giving advice and guidance to children/young people, including the place of confidentiality
  • Knowledge of the responsibilities of agencies towards vulnerable children such as the Child Protection Procedures and intervention work
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the range of additional support/agencies which can be of assistance to vulnerable pupils/students and families
  • Knowledge of 'Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families'
  • Ability to summarise clearly and concisely and articulate concepts and proposals
  • Ability to produce concise and complex reports
  • To be able to evaluate theoretical research based information
  • An understanding of ECAF and the 'Early Help' process.
  • Knowledge of Schools Information Systems (SIMS).

Skills

  • Ability to maintain student records and write other short reports as required.
  • Ability to record and produce minutes from safeguarding meetings.
  • Ability to work on one's own initiative, balance competing priorities and organise a work schedule.
  • Ability to motivate children/young people by establishing empathic and supportive working relationships.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to reach agreed targets and outcomes for children/young people.
  • The ability to use word processing packages and the internet.
  • Experience of working with children including work within Child Protection and Multi Agency liaison