Educational Welfare Officer

Butlers Consultancy
Ilford, Greater London
14 Jul 2017
13 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
My client whose head office is based in Essex have 2 vacancies for an experienced Educational Welfare Officer.

One role is 3 days per week
Second role is 5 days per week for 40 weeks per annum.

The role will be based in schools in Ilford or Waltham Forest.

Working Hours would be 8 to 4 or 9 to 5.

The initial salary is £23K per annum – for the 3 day per week post this amount would be pro rata’d. I am happy to try and negotiate a better salary if you were interested in this role.

You will be required to visit the office one day per week for a scheduled number of hours. The job does entail home visits for each school on the caseload and a car is essential.

Job Description -

Purpose of Job -
A) To promote positive attitudes towards regular school attendance.

B) To undertake home visits for and on behalf of the company and to inform parent/carer(s) of the legal obligations regarding school attendance.

C) To support officers with school casework.

Main Duties & Responsibilities -
To monitor all school attendance. To consult, advise and support staff on issues of attendance and absences. To consider a range of actions and alternatives and recommend implementation to service users, in accordance with relevant legislation and government guidelines.

To understand and analyse school data, challenge and assist when appropriate.

Investigate the underlying causes of poor attendance in individual cases. Look at effective intervention which may involve liaison with parents/carers and may involve other agencies to address the specific needs of children.

To visit families in order to pursue concerns about attendance and other welfare issues.

To have a working knowledge of relevant Education legislation, which has a significant influence on the functions of the Education Welfare Service Provider.

To provide parents with effective advice and support.

To be knowledgeable on up to date safeguarding guidelines and legislations.

To participate in the induction training programme for new recruits to the Service.

To support officers to prepare witness statements under s 444 of the Education Act (1996) cases of non-school attendance for Magistrates Court. Attend and give evidence in court.

To maintain high standards in record keeping, letter and report writing.

Effectively maintain lines of communication often in confrontational situations with members of the public.

To demonstrate value judgements in circumstances where pursuing legal action would be considered detrimental to the child’s welfare.

To have an understanding of and ability to work with children from different cultures.

To endorse, uphold and promote our equal opportunities ETHOS.

To undertake other relevant duties which may be required from time to time.

Candidates must have relevant experience in working with children & families and previous experience of dealing with members of the public.
An Enhanced DBS within the last 12 months or registered on the Update Service.

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