How you'll make a difference

As an Education Welfare Officer you will work closely with young people, parents/carers, school staff and other agencies to identify, develop and provide early intervention services and activities to promote good habits of attending school every day. Your work will contribute to the long-term wellbeing, attainment and aspirations of the children and young people.

What you will be doing 
 
  • Working flexibly and in partnership with mainstream school staff, you will build capacity with regard to improving attendance and reducing the number of children missing education in order to order to raise pupils’ achievement and attainment.
  • You will work with children, young people and their parents/carers on a referral basis to increase participation, educational achievements and future prospects.
  • You will facilitate the formal legal non attendance process where patterns of absence do not improve.
  • You will provide advice and guidance to parents/carers, pupils and professionals in schools on issues related to ensuring access to education.
  • You will analyse and share attendance data to set targets with schools to reduce unauthorised absence and to enable resources to be effectively targeted.
  • You will support schools in reviewing their attendance procedures and policies and developing strategies with them to address attendance issues.

What we need from you

  • You will hold a degree or equivalent professional qualification or be working towards one e.g. a professional qualification in Social Work, Teaching, Youth Work, Education Welfare Studies or have an equivalent qualification with appropriate professional registration. Including substantial post qualification experience within a similar service area.
  • It is essential that you demonstrate specialist knowledge of Local Authorities and schools’ statutory duties in respect of attendance enforcement, knowledge of parental responsibilities in relation to the education act 1996, up to date knowledge of child protection procedures, working practice of Integrated Working procedures and Early Help including knowledge of the legal framework relating to attendance.
  • You must have experience of working with young people and families, with the ability to build positive and reliable professional relationships with teachers, parents, carers and young people and be able to liaise with other agencies and appropriate members of staff.
  • You will be able to work independently, manage your own caseload and make informed decisions based on the information available to you. You must be organised and have attention to detail.
  • You must be able to keep accurate case records using appropriate systems, to a high standard for use in court proceedings and provide reports for schools. You will have a good level of IT skills including MS Office applications.
  • You will have the ability to understand. analyse and explain attendance data to parents/carers, schools etc and use data to improve school attendance and inform decision making processes.
  • Up to date knowledge of Family Support work would be advantageous as would experience of counselling/mediation with children or young people.

You will need to travel throughout the authority and wider so a full licence and regular access to a vehicle will be required.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance.
 
We value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work. 
 
What’s special here is the strength of the team ethos, the support and the training. 
 
As part of our benefits package you will receive generous annual leave (pro rata), employee wellbeing support and you will have access to a range of staff discounts, including eye tests, travel, shopping and leisure activities
 
We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.
 
 
Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.  
  
  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life
  • We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.

We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference. 

We’re making a difference, be part of it!

 

Please note this Term Time Only - salaries pro-rated accordingly
(Approximate pro-rated salary range £17,980 - £19,608)

Interviews due to take place on Tuesday 13th September
 
For more information, please contact Donna Lugg, Education Welfare Officer  (on 01454 863388 or email donna.lugg@southglos.gov.uk).
 


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