Specialist Officer (Business and Statutory Services) - Ref: CH03217

Walsall Borough
£38,789 - £43,387
28 Jul 2017
20 Aug 2017
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Specialist Officer – Business and Statutory Services

Full time position / casual mileage allowance

Annual salary: Grade 11 £38,789 - £43,387

This position is based at the Education Development Centre in Pelsall Lane, Walsall.

An opportunity has arisen to appoint to a permanent position within the Access Service of Walsall Children’s Services to replace a colleague who is leaving the service. This position is to lead, manage and develop the Education Welfare Service and they will undertake various duties including:

  • Oversee all legal work undertaken by the members of the Education Welfare Service
  • Ensure a high quality of all statutory and traded work undertaken by the members of the Education Welfare Service
  • Take the lead responsibility for management of the Education Welfare Service staff
  • Maintain and further develop the traded work of the Education Welfare Service
  • Ensure the LA and schools continually improves all aspects of school attendance

The Education Welfare Service has developed successful strategies for improving school attendance from early intervention through to undertaking statutory responsibilities for addressing absence. This post holder will be expected to build on this strength so that there is continual development and progress made to raise participation in schools. The service is commissioned by schools in Walsall and also schools in neighbouring areas so the business development focus for this position is an important factor for the service.

There is currently a national focus on vulnerable groups in education settings, including children who do not attend school in the usual way. This post holder will be an integral part of leading and strengthening our support to schools for this vulnerable group. Additionally the successful candidate will have the opportunity to ensure there is an integrated approach adopted with colleagues from other services and agencies to jointly resolve barriers preventing children and young people from attending school.

The ideal candidate will have worked within an Education Welfare Service and therefore have a  have an excellent working knowledge of the legislation in respect of this vulnerable group and for pursuing legal work. Applications will also be considered from candidates who have had some management experience of working within a team or service that provides support to families within a statutory framework.

This post is covered by the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers. 

For further information and an informal discussion please contact Caroline Guest, Access Manager or Sarah Flanagan, Specialist Officer on telephone number 01922 652860 or by email at caroline.guest@walsall.gov.uk  or  sarah.flanagan@walsall.gov.uk

Closing date: 18 August 2017



Information for applicants

Walsall Council takes seriously the responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children and young people entrusted to our care and it is our expectation that all staff will share this commitment. We will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust recruitment processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce. Completion of an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is a requirement for working with children and young people.

Applications are invited using our online application form only.  If you have a disability and require information on submitting an application in another format then please contact us via email: recruitment@walsall.gov.uk

All correspondence will be via email, therefore candidates should check their email and WMJobs account on a regular basis after submitting an application.

This vacancy may be closed earlier than the published closing date should we receive a large number of applications. Therefore, it is strongly advised that candidates submit applications at the earliest opportunity.

Supporting documents
CH03217JDES Specialist Officer Bus and Statutory Services.pdf

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