Attendance and Behaviour: Team Roles
Education Welfare Officer - Cluster
- To meet with a designated member of staff at an agreed time and date
- To identify, in conjunction with school staff, cases of unauthorised absence which necessitate further action and to advise on appropriate responses.
- To monitor and evaluate attendance data and patterns within the cluster
On receipt of a written referral initiated and signed by the designated teacher further actions will be undertaken by the EWO. These may include:
- Advice on strategies to improve attendance
- Assessment home visits
- Action planning
- Agreed time-limited intervention
- Attendance at school meetings
- Written record of work undertaken
- Verbal feedback where appropriate
- Written response to referral within 10 working days
- Enquiries with other agencies
- Onward referral to other agencies
- Liaison with other LEA departments
- Preparation of cases for prosecution
Education Welfare Officer - Retained
- To agree a proportion of time dedicated to the maintenance of links with colleagues in the retained service, continuous professional development and supervision
Top District and Courts Coordinator - Retained
- To provide support to pupils in or out of educational provision referred by the cluster to secure good attendance.
- To work with schools to examine school attendance policies and to implement appropriate systems.
- Check and monitor attendance targets
- Complete register checks
- Action referrals from out of county schools for pupils who live in Kent
- Truancy Sweeps
- Preparation and implementation of legal proceedings
Senior Practitioner EWO - Retained
- Co-ordinates the day to day work of the retained service.
- Has lead responsibility for supervision and performance management of EWOs both cluster based and retained.
- Has lead responsibility for all court work across four clusters.
- Provision of additional legal advice e.g. changing of child's name, off rolling, statutory start/leaving date.
- Monitors and evaluates the quality of service delivery in line with local and national targets.
- Planning of transition projects.
- Development of effective working relationships with Local Advisory Officers, District Fora, Local Learning Groups and external agencies.
Child Employment Officer - Retained
- Reporting to the District and Court Co-ordinator.
- Support the formal supervision, performance management and co-ordination of the work of retained EWOs.
- Assist with the induction, training and guidance of probationary and new Education Welfare Officers.
- Line management of Education Welfare Assistants.
- Legal process of casework originating from clusters.
- Assist with the management of office base.
- Liaise with other departments and agencies involved with children where it is necessary to secure attendance at school.
- Maintain records to indicate the effectiveness of the service, the impact of its work with individual children.
- Maintenance of data input to the LEA's new Identification, Referral and Tracking systems and will have close links with Exclusions processes.
- Deputise for District & Courts Co-ordinator as directed by ACM.
Top Exclusions Officer - Retained
- To raise awareness and enforce the Legislation and Kent County Council by-laws regarding Child Employment and Children in Entertainment.
- Maintain an ongoing programme of monitoring premises and other venues where children may be employed to ensure that any such child employment is legal.
- Maintain a programme of monitoring theatres and other premises where children perform to ensure that any such performance is legal.
- Issue work permits, performance and chaperone licences.
- Initiate and conduct legal proceedings through the courts to ensure that the Authority's byelaws are effectively enforced.
- Delivery of training programmes to schools, and other agencies.
- Ensure that all Governors and Headteachers are aware of and comply with DCSF regulations and County guidelines relating to the handling of exclusions.
- Represent the LEA at conciliation meetings.
- Represent the LEA as necessary at the Statutory Appeal Committee.
- Make arrangements in consultation with other colleagues and agencies, to ensure that children who have been excluded, are receiving appropriate education (liaison, tracking and monitoring).
- Monitor the pattern of exclusions and take action as appropriate to minimise the number of exclusions occurring.
- Arrange for the recoupment of monies from schools that have excluded pupils. If you have any enquiries or feedback , please contact Bob Rose, Head of Attendance & Behaviour Service, Tel: 01622 696554: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org