Virtual School Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) Education Officer
Wokingham Borough Council are currently recruiting for a part time, term time only (+ 5 days) Virtual School Early UASC Officer to work with the Learning, Achievement and Partnership Team in Children’s Services. This position is based at Shute End/Home Working. You will report directly to the Deputy Head of the Virtual School. This post will initially be offered on a one-year Fixed Term basis, with the potential to be extended.
Wokingham Virtual School works closely with Social Care and education settings to champion the education of all Care Experienced children and young people. The Virtual School supports the delivery of successful learning and achievement outcomes and positive educational experiences on roll, including Children in Care, Care Leavers and Children Previously Looked After, as well as children with a social worker. This opportunity has arisen due to the recent announcement by the Home Office to increase the number of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking children and young people all Local Authorities need to accept under the National Transfer Scheme.
Key Duties, Responsibilities & Accountabilities:-
- Responsible for monitoring and tracking the attendance, achievement and Personal Education Plans of the UASC cohort of Children in Care.
- Building relationships with our UASC cohort by attending and supporting UASC events. Ensuring their voice is central to the development of our practice.
- Responsible for influencing schools and colleges and other professionals to remove barriers to accessing education, including securing a suitable school or Post 16 education place for your caseload of children.
- Work in partnership across the borough, with social workers and carers to provide training, advice, support and challenge to settings and other professionals.
- To support education settings and staff working with care experienced children to develop an attachment and trauma aware approach.
- To lead on a project to develop a UASC Education Handbook for social care and education settings, with advice and guidance and examples of best practice.
- Be inspirational for the educational attainment, outcomes and experiences for all children and young people in the care of the LA, whether placed in or out of the Borough.
- Support the Virtual Head in driving forward cultural, workforce and other changes necessary to ensure services cohere around young people’s needs and secure improvement outcomes.
Skills, Knowledge & Experience required:-
- An understanding of Children’s Social Care is desirable.
- An understanding and knowledge of legislation, regulations and guidance that relates to education, attendance and exclusion and how it related to children in care and children in need.
- An understanding of the needs and rights of asylum-seeking children.
- Experience of multi-agency working to support vulnerable children or young people in education setting.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- IT literate and experience of Microsoft Office.
- Enhanced DBS check
- UK Driving Licence
If you would like an informal discussion about this role, please contact Sian Biddlecombe by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or VirtualSchool.Admin@wokingham.gov.uk
Closing date: Thursday 8th December 11pm
Interview date: Friday 16th and Monday 19th December, subject to change
Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates for this role will be subject to Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks.
Wokingham is an equal opportunities employer.