F/T Temp Education Welfare Officer required for Hillsborough.
To fulfill the Education and Library Board's statutory duties to ensure that all children within compulsory school age receive regular, appropriate education and to assist families and schools to resolve education related issues
KEY AREAS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Liaising with learning providers to identify pupils and families with attendance and related problems
- Work in partnership with Principals and teaching staff in the identification of attendance and welfare issues in designated schools;
- Assist learning providers to develop attendance strategies and practice;
- To assess, monitor and review the attendance, behaviour and welfare issues of identified/referred children by regular audit;
- Monitor and evaluate service agreements with learning providers
To respond appropriately to Identified pupil/family need
- Following referral, undertake an initial assessment and devise an appropriate action plan in accordance with education welfare service procedures which should be regularly monitored and reviewed;
- To appropriately communicate and engage with children, young people and their families to promote education by regular attendance at school or otherwise;
- To provide relevant information to children and their families to enable them to make informed choices in accessing education suitable to age, aptitude and ability;
- To mediate and facilitate communication between pupils, parents and schools;
- Identify situations where advocacy is needed;
- Represent the views and interests of young people or others;
- To collaborate with and make referrals as appropriate to other relevant agencies and/or Board departments;
- Exit from intervention by making appropriate endings.
Applicants must have:
- A qualification in Social Work as recognised by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council*;
- A minimum of 3 months' experience in a paid capacity of working in a social care setting with children, young people and families;
*Applicants must be registered or have applied for registration on the NI Social Care Council Social Care Register.
- Knowledge of childcare legislation;
- Knowledge of childcare protections procedure;
- Communication skills (verbal/written);
- Interpersonal skills;
- Ability to engage young people and families in the helping process;
- Ability to assess family dynamics and situations;
- Organisational skills.
- Demonstrate ability to work on own initiative and with other team members;
- Empathetic nature in the context of working with families experiencing difficulties;
a) Have access to a suitable vehicle (appropriately maintained and insured for Board business) that will enable them to carry out the mobility requirements of the post in an efficient and effective manner and thus meet this essential criterion;
b) Be able to provide sufficient information on the application form that will satisfy the employer that he/she has access to an appropriate alternative form of transport that will enable them to carry out the mobility requirements of the post in an efficient and effective manner and thus meet this essential criterion.
Salary £12.22 per hr
Candidates who meet the essential criteria should email CVs too firstname.lastname@example.org