Education Welfare Officers will work with families, pupils and schools to ensure regular attendance and make sure parents understand their legal responsibility. They will help families to apply for benefits for school meals, transport or clothing, give support to pupils who are experiencing any difficulties or behavioural problems and refer them to other organisations if necessary, they may also help to arrange alternative education for pupils who have been excluded.
Entry requirements may vary, a degree in social or human sciences or educational welfare would be preferable but other degrees may be accepted. You may be able to start without a degree as an assistant welfare officer for this you would need experience working with children and young people and GCSE's grades 9-4 / A-C in English and maths.
Good communication and listening skills, able to keep calm when dealing with difficult situations, a good understanding of the law regarding child welfare, an empathetic but firm attitude, able to deal with sensitive issues, good IT skills.
£20,000 to £25,000