Education Welfare Officer
£24,697 per annum / hour for 36 hours per week based at Consort House, 5-7 Queensway, Redhill, RH1 1YB.
Flexible working supported where possible, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave, local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
About the Role
A vacancy has arisen for a full-time Education Welfare Officer to work in South East Surrey with an office base in Redhill.
In this role, you will be responsible for liaising between home, schools and other agencies, in order to improve the education and welfare of children.
Working as part of the Education Welfare Team you will support parents to fulfil their legal responsibility of ensuring that their children attend school. This will involve liaising with schools, parents and other relevant professionals. You will be responsible for monitoring registers, verifying reasons for absence and identifying cases of non-attendance that require further investigation and may lead to legal proceedings. Working closely with school staff to assess these cases you will use your own drive and initiative to develop strategies to return pupils to school and be prepared to challenge attitudes which may hinder this objective. You will need an understanding of the statutory nature of education welfare work and be responsible for negotiating school attendance agreements/plans, holding review meetings, producing reports, preparing court files and referring to other agencies. You will also advise school on best practice to improve overall attendance.
You should have a good standard of education and excellent communication skills, verbal and written, relevant experience and evidence of recent career development. You will need to be comfortable and confident communicating with parents, children and other professionals. You will be required to travel throughout the county visiting schools and homes, therefore you must possess a current full driving licence and will need your own car insured for business purposes.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 23rd April 2017.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 4 May 2017.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.