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Education Welfare Officer (Limited term or internal secondment opportunity)

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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 18/09/2019 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
Job Category:
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Broad Lane Council Offices, Yate, BS37 7PN
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Job details 

Closing date:
18 Sep

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Education Welfare Officer (Limited term or internal secondment opportunity)

Applications are welcomed on the basis of either a limited term opportunity for internal/ external applicants or as a secondment opportunity for internal staff. Internal applicants should ensure they secure their current line management agreement if applying on a secondment basis. Limited term or secondment opportunity will be up until July 2020.

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.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Up to date knowledge of Family Support work

Counselling/mediation experience with children or young people

Willingness and ability to adapt to change and learn new systems

Additional Information

Dependant on the successful candidate, this position could be offered as a limited term post or an internal secondment opportunity until July 2020.

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check. The contact details are:
Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle: the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis to schools, council sites and other locations. You must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

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.

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

Salary: £14.92 per hour (H7), £14,540.73 per annum approx. before tax and NI

Closing Date: 18 September 2019 at noon

Interview Date: 23 September 2019

Vacancy Ref: CYT1404/887

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

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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