Education Welfare Officer

Job Description

Job Summary

Responsible to: Head of Education Welfare Service  

Responsible for: Working in partnership with schools, pupils and their families to reduce absenteeism and to resolve welfare issues that could hinder pupils achieving their full potential.

Providing professional guidance on legislation and other regulations concerning the service and also provide work with schools and partner agencies to implement strategies to prevent problems.         

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Principal Accountabilities -

  1. To comply with the relevant sections of the Authority’s policy statement on Health, Safety and Welfare at Work.
  2. To adhere to the principles of the Corporate Equality Policy and ensure commitment to anti-discriminatory practice.
  3. To work in partnership with the Authority’s schools to raise attendance levels.
  4. To support the Education Welfare Service Manager to ensure a strategic consistent approach to raising attendance levels across Blaenau Gwent schools, in line with corporate strategies and action plans.
  5. To establish close links between parents and school, where appropriate, focusing on wider family and social factors which can contribute to poor attendance at school.
  6. To be responsible for collation of effective data and provide statistical analysis relating to attendance data from schools.
  7. To work in partnership with other agencies, as part of the delivery of a range of preventative programmes, focusing on vulnerable pupils and their families.
  8. To undertake casework to assess social, emotional and educational problems affecting children’s ability to benefit from their educational opportunity and refer cases to other statutory or voluntary agencies as appropriate.
  9. To regularly assess pupil attendance and punctuality at designated schools and respond accordingly and to ensure that Welsh Government attendance regulations are complied with at both a school and Local Authority level.
  10. To work with schools, as per the Authority’s Callio approach to attendance.
  11. To work closely with Families First as part of the wider Families First Community Hub Teams to support vulnerable pupils and their families so that every child has the opportunity to maximise their potential.
  12. To prepare EWO reports on individual cases as required by the courts.To prepare and present briefs to the courts whilst representing the LEA in prosecutions of parents under the Education Act 1997(consolidated).
  13. To give evidence in court in respect of proceedings instituted for breeches of the regulations governing the attendance of their children at their registered school.To present their own cases rather than the authority legal department.
  14. To investigate all cases of illegal employment of children, or the unlicensed appearance of children in entertainment in accordance with the 1933 Children and Young Persons Act and local authority bye-laws.
  15. To support and participate in inter-agency meetings including case conferences, core groups and JAFF meetings.
  16. To serve statutory notices or School Attendance Orders to parents, in respect of children who are known to the area but not registered in school.
  17. To keep a close check on the attendance at school of children who are subjects of Education Supervision Orders and report undue absence to the supervising officer in the courts.
  18. To undertake duties in relation to Truancy Sweeps under the Crime and Disorder Reduction Act, in conjunction with Gwent Police.
  19. To work as part of a team to develop a range of initiatives to improve school attendance, including the use of promotional material, preventative work with pupils and multi-agency training.
  20. To help arrange alternative education for pupils who are excluded from school or where mainstream school is not the most appropriate place for that pupil.
  21. To fully participate in regular supervision sessions, staff meetings, and in-service training and to be fully committed to your own personal development.
  22. To assist in the work of the department as may reasonably be required from time to time.

The position carries an Approved Casual Car User Allowance therefore access to a vehicle for work purposes is a requirement.

Thorough pre-employment screening is undertaken during the recruitment process. The post holder will be required to complete an application for a Disclosure of Criminal Records.

Closing Date:          28th January 2021 – 12:00am, midnight

Interview Date:        5th February 2021