Education Welfare Officer
- Full Time
Post Title: Education Welfare Officer
Service Group: Children, Young People and Families
Division/Team: Inclusion Support
Responsible to: Senior Education Welfare Officer
Salary Grade: Grade 5
Location: Graiseley Centre
Job Purpose and Role
Education Welfare Officers are members of the Inclusion Support Service.
The post is concerned with working in a number of designated schools to help them fulfil their responsibilities for recording, promoting and raising attendance in line with national, local and individual school targets.
The post holder will provide support to schools, children, young people and families where school attendance is an issue. This support will be delivered as part of a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the relevant school. In addition, the post holder will assist, where required, the Senior Education Welfare Officers in fulfilling the council's statutory responsibilities regarding school attendance, children missing education and elective home education (EHE).
The post holder will work collaboratively with colleagues in schools, and with a range of other professionals and other agencies.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
* To adhere to and use the Behaviours and Guiding principles framework for Children & Young
People Services in everyday working practice.
* To work collaboratively with colleagues in the Inclusion Support Service and other relevant
* To work with staff in designated schools on an agreed basis to discuss children whose
attendance/welfare is causing concern, to give advice and receive appropriate referrals
* To encourage schools to prioritise casework to improve the attendance of Persistent
Absentees and children seeking admission to the designated school(s)
* To advise the school on appropriate registration and attendance practices
* To undertake the casework arising from consultations and referrals and to facilitate improved
home/school working by means of home visits, meetings, assistance with Early Help
* To ensure that all interventions are recorded in accordance with standard procedures is
underpinned by an Early Help Assessment and that there is a clear action plan in place that is
* To participate in inter-agency children in need and child protection procedures as required,
including attending case meetings, safeguarding conferences and core groups
* To act as a Lead Professional when required, coordinating the activity of other colleagues to
ensure a high quality of collaborative work with children and their families
* To participate in initiatives such as Truancy Patrols, Intensive Support Days, attendance
incentive schemes and Awards schemes as required by the school
* To help prepare cases for Penalty Notices and parental prosecutions in response to
unauthorised absence, under the guidance of the Officers fulfilling the Local Authority's
statutory responsibilities around school attendance
* To support Senior Education Welfare Officers in delivering the council's statutory
responsibilities regarding children missing education (CME) and elective home education
* To actively participate in formal Supervision as required
* To follow agreed procedures for maintaining a diary in Outlook, reporting sickness, annual
leave, mileage claims etc.
* To attend team/ Service meetings and other meetings as required
* To undertake such other duties as may reasonably be regarded as within the responsibilities
of the post as defined. These will be agreed by the Behaviour and Attendance Coordinator/
Head of Service
* To actively engage in a programme of professional development and performance review
* To act in accordance with the Council's Constitution and other Codes of Conduct.
* To participate in staff development, appraisal and training as appropriate, including
continuous professional development.
* To comply with the Council's agreed policies and procedures including but not limited to Health
and Safety, and Equal Opportunities Policies, the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information
Act, Financial Management Regulations and other relevant Council and Government
Regulations, Directives and City-wide priorities.
* To undertake any other tasks, duties and responsibilities as directed and appropriate to the
grade and role of the post subject to any reasonable adjustments under the Disability
Discrimination Act 1995 as incorporated into the Equality Act 2010.
* To participate in the wider development of the service and contribute to service
improvement as required
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