Elective Home Education Officer – Education Welfare

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Elective Home Education Officer - Education Welfare
Contract / Temporary

Wakefield 0008 EBF4 / 1

Posted: 29th May 2024 09:39
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  • Pay Rate:

    £15.43 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 16:30

  • This opening assignment is for 2 months


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What's involved with this role:

Temporary Elective Home Education Officer - Education Welfare

Reference no: Wakefield 0008 EBF4 / 1

Pay Rate: £15.43 per hour PAYE

37 Monday to Friday, 09:00 - 16:30

This opening assignment is for 2 months


Enhanced DBS disclosure required

Hybrid working

Required to work in conjunction with established Education Welfare Officers in assisting with Elective Home Education. The work will involve travelling around the Wakefield District and the postholders will be required to have skills in working with families and young people and able to assess work that is provided by them as suitable. Postholders will need to be able travel frequently around the district.

Need to be able to use IT systems and have a full understanding and good working practice of data protection and safeguarding. The postholders would be working within an established team and supporting this educative work.

Key Responsibilities

  • Undertake all aspects of Education Welfare Officer role.
  • Manage a caseload of electively home educated pupils in liaison with the Cluster Education Welfare Officer
  • Provide support, clear advice and guidance to professionals in universal settings regarding school attendance, developing appropriate actions plans with regard to attendance thus meeting agreed Service Level commitments with schools.
  • Ensure that prompt, consistent and rigorous intervention in line with statutory processes for pupils with poor attendance is robust, and advising schools and academies regarding compliance with legislation/DfE guidance in relation to attendance, where appropriate identify and challenge poor practice.
  • Provide support to schools with regard to safeguarding issues around non-attendance for example quick identification of absence indicating a potential Child Missing Education or a school refuser and exploitation of vulnerable children through; County Lines, Sexual exploitation etc.), advocating for children and families.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.


  • A good standard of Educational and/or vocational qualifications to A level standard, including Maths and English at GCSE Grade A-C or equivalent.
  • Child Protection Training, or be willing to undertake this training on appointment.
  • Completed training related to Data Protection and Freedom on Information Legislation or be willing to undertake this training upon appointment.


  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation which supports the work of a EWO, including the Education Act 1996.
  • Knowledge of the current legal framework in relation to the prosecution process regarding irregular school attendance.
  • Knowledge of education provision both mainstream and alternative provision.
  • Knowledge of GDPR and all associated legislation and practice.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the risks and needs that children and young people experience which negatively impact on the family unit; stress, unemployment, domestic abuse, adult mental illness, caring responsibilities, crime, anti-social behaviours and substance misuse.
  • Knowledge in relation to safeguarding Child Protection, and how to escalate a referral to appropriate agencies when required.
  • Knowledge of universal and targeted services available to support children and families through working with parents and children.
  • Knowledge to understand the significant barriers to engagement e.g.; culture, religion, economic status, disability, age, sexuality, gender and race.
  • Knowledge of theoretical frameworks e.g. continuum of Need, Restorative Practice, Signs of Safety. Awareness of how these relates to assessments undertaken with a child and/or family (e.g. CAF, risk and resilience, EHCP, Young Carers assessment for children.
  • Good working knowledge of Elective Home Education (CME)


  • Experience of working within an educational based setting.
  • Experience in giving guidance, in relation to education welfare service provision to; schools, attendance staff, Headteacher, governors and other multi agency partners.
  • Experience of understanding issues that impact children and families as they relate to irregular school attendance and overall well-being.
  • Substantial experience of working with ‘hard to reach’ individuals, parents, young people and children, with complex and challenging needs.
  • Experience of managing a complex caseload.
  • Experience in prioritising, developing, planning and delivering a range of tailored interventions to support children, young people and families whilst working within a multi-agency setting and with external organisations.
  • Experience and ability to chair complex multi-agency meetings.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills whilst having the ability to empathise with families, be resilient and demonstrate a calm and consistent approach when under pressure.
  • Good computer skills, having the ability to demonstrate usage of information management systems to appropriately update complex case records and enable outcomes/impact to be regularly monitored.
  • Excellent organisational skills, whilst managing a complex case load through; self-motivation, prioritisation whilst under pressure.
  • Ability to work autonomously and to think laterally.
  • The ability to drive around the district.


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Job Ref: Wakefield 0008 EBF4 / 1
Elective Home Education Officer - Education Welfare
Client Category: Local Authority

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