Education Welfare Officer
This vacancy has now closed and is listed for reference only.
Achieving for Children (RBWM)
£14,760 – £16,474 pa, actual salary
Achieving for Children, Windsor & Maidenhead
Part Time/Term Time
22.5 hours per week • Term time only.
16/06/2019 at 23:59 PM
We are looking for an Education Welfare Officer to join our team at a time of exciting and positive change.
As an Education Welfare Officer for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
- Responding sensitively and effectively to enquiries and situations for pupils and parents who may be experiencing severe family difficulties.
- Consulting, advising and formulating action plans with schools and parents for pupils with attendance issues.
- Investigating pupil absence that is persistent and unjustified, preparing documentation for multi-agency meetings or court proceedings.
- Contributing to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub and the Early Help Hub.
- Advising and supporting excluded pupils, their families and schools in liaison with the Alternative Provision Service.
Achieving for Children is an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, expanding into the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in 2017. We are responsible for delivering the entirety of children’s services in all three local authorities.
Achieving for Children has been up and running for four years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.
To be an Education Welfare Officer for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as being able to demonstrate an ability to:
- Involve children and young people in strategies to raise their attendance.
- Involve parents and/or carers in this process and take into account their wishes and feelings/needs in relation to attendance issues.
- Undertake brief focussed direct work with children and their families, where there are possible concerns around level of need.
- In co-operation with head teachers and other senior school staff, ensure that attendance registers at link schools are systematically checked, that cases of concern are identified and followed up appropriately.
- Maintain regular communication with link schools, following up individual cases, by means of correspondence, interview, home visits and other appropriate measures.
- Contribute to the development of a strong and effective team to ensure the service meets best standards through attendance and engagement in team meetings.
- Keep accurate up to date records and fulfil the requirements for data collection.
- Work in partnership with schools and other agencies, to instigate and develop different strategies in work with vulnerable pupils and in promoting the importance of school attendance.
- Possibly initiate measures leading to legal proceedings and prepare high quality witness statements for magistrates and family courts, providing verbal evidence when necessary.
- Issue Fixed Penalty notices for non-school attendance in line with the code of conduct.
In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Helen Lovell on 01628 683220 or 07825 145018 or an informal discussion.
Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check.
Closing date: 16 June 2019
Interviews: 24 June 2019