Education Welfare Officer

CER Education Recruitment
Epping, Essex
22 Jul 2017
21 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Role: Education Welfare Officer

Based: Upshire, Essex (with Travel to Redbridge, Dagenham and surrounding areas)

Salary: £23,000 per annum paid in 12 equal monthly instalments. This role could be taken on a temporary to permanent basis or straight to permanent employment.

Hours: Full time term time only, with an additional 10 days per year for additional activities.

Our client, a private organisation based in Upshire Essex is looking to recruit an Education Welfare Officer based in their Essex Office with travel across East London. You will monitor school attendance, consult and advise staff on issues of attendance and absences. You will be able to demonstrate experience in this field and be confident in considering a range of actions and alternatives for recommendation, in line with relevant legislation and government guidelines.

You will be passionate about working with children and families and committed to the principle of improving outcomes for children and young people. You will be comfortable dealing with what can at times be challenging situations.
Responsibilities will also include:

*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 legislation.
*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.
*To have an understanding of and ability to work with children from different cultures.
*To demonstrate value judgements in circumstances where pursuing legal action would be considered detrimental to the child's welfare.

Due to the nature of this role a valid full driving license and access to a car would be preferable.