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Education Welfare Officer (Limited Term)

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Part Time (Term time)
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 28/08/2019 12:00
£14.92 per hour (H7), £14,540.73 per annum approx. before deductions
Hours per week:
22.2 hours per week, term time only
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Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Broad Lane Council Offices, Yate, BS37 7PN
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Job details 

Closing date:
28 Aug

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Education Welfare Officer (1 post 0.6fte 22.2 hours TTO)

Summary of Post

The Education Welfare Service is commissioned directly by schools to provide a range of early intervention services and activities to promote good habits of attending school every day. This in turn is important to the long term well-being, attainment and aspirations of the children and young people concerned. To achieve this, the service works closely with young people, parents/carers, school staff and other agencies.

The post holder is allocated a portfolio of schools (customers) and through school meetings, home visits and office based support, provides school leaders and attendance officers with the necessary support to improve the attendance of young people in their care.

The small team of Education Welfare Officers work under the general direction of the Education Welfare Team Leader.

Main Duties

The main duties of the Education Welfare Officer will include:

Working flexibly and in partnership with school staff to 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.

Working with children, young people and their parents/carers on a referral basis to increase participation, educational achievements and future prospects.

Providing advice and guidance to parents/carers, pupils and professionals in schools on issues related to ensuring access to education.

Analysing attendance data from within the Local Authority and from schools to set targets with schools to reduce unauthorised absence.

Supporting schools in reviewing their attendance procedures and policies and developing strategies with them to address attendance issues.

Maintaining confidential casework records for each pupil as directed by the service.

Providing written reports and verbal feedback as required including providing reports for court.

Working in partnership with statutory services and if appropriate deliver Local Authority commissioned work as written into a Service Level Agreement with Children, Adults and Health.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


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 an equivalent qualification with appropriate professional registration. You will have substantial post qualification experience within a similar service area. (KSE 1).

You will demonstrate specialist knowledge of the Local Authority’s and schools’ statutory duties in respect of attendance enforcement, up to date knowledge of child protection procedures, up to date knowledge and working practice of Integrated Working procedures and Common Assessment Framework, and up to date knowledge of the legal framework relating to attendance. (KSE 2 & 3).

You will have experience of working with young people, 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. (KSE 2).

You will be able to work independently, manage your own caseload and make informed decisions based on the information available to you on a day by day basis.

You will have the ability to be organised, pay close attention to detail, manage time well and meet deadlines. You will have a willingness and ability to adapt to change and learn new systems (KSE 2).

You will be able to keep accurate case records using appropriate systems, to a high standard for use in court proceedings and provide reports for schools. (KSE 3).

You will have the ability to understand and explain attendance data to parents/carers, schools etc and use data to improve school attendance and inform decision making processes. (KSE 2 & 5).

You will be able to work as part of a team and be motivated to find solutions to problems quickly with reference to the service team leader sometimes in challenging circumstances. (KSE 5).

The ability to be organised, pay close attention to detail, manage time well and meet deadlines.

You will have a good level of IT skills to include use of MS Office and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in-house software packages eg SIMS and Capita v4 to extract data. (KSE 7).

Able to travel to schools, council sites and other locations.

Up to date knowledge of Family Support work (KSE 1 & 2).

Counselling/mediation experience with children or young people (KSE 2).

Willingness and ability to adapt to change and learn new systems

Additional Information

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business.

This is a limited term post until July 2020.

Hours: 22.2 hours per week, Term Time Only ( 3 days per week).

Closing Date: 28 August at noon

Interview Date: 2 September 2019 (in exceptional circumstance we may be flexible in arranging an alternative interview date)

Vacancy Ref: CYT1404/884

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to a DBS check.

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