School Attendance Lead
Support children through leading on improving school attendance.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is a unique organisation in which to further your career. Putting the needs of our residents at the heart of everything that we do, we are committed to working collaboratively with our community to understand how best we can serve them and put them on the path to successful futures. Our Early Help Service which sits within Children’s Services is absolutely essential to the success of this ambition. Here, we strive to be trusted partners to the families that we support, and with a track record in delivering positive outcomes for vulnerable families, we are confident that we can achieve even more for.
This is a multi-layered role, in which you'll both be a trusted advisor, and you will be representative of the legal need for children to attend school. Working with agencies including schools, you will take a preventative approach to all that you do, trying to reduce both poor attendance and exclusions – and in the process you will transform the life outcomes of some of our most vulnerable residents. Utilising a trauma-informed approach, you will use your understanding of systemic practise to provide case consultations and management support to identify how best to support our service users. Working with schools who are impacted by poor attendance, you will help them raise their attendance levels and lead on embedding projects that address school attendance issues. This is an opportunity to be part of a supportive team, who are both inclusive and deeply creative. As the subject matter expert on school attendance across the department, you will have the autonomy to develop projects that will help you secure better life outcomes for young people, all with the support of a multidisciplinary team who work together to bring these ideas to life.
Please refer to the Job Description for more information.
To make the most of this exceptional role, you will have a strong understanding of school attendance and all that this encompasses. As you will be responsible for coordinating all cases being prepared for court action, you will have a background in whole school attendance work, plus you will have a good knowledge of the relevant legislation, guidance and research relating to school attendance. With the capacity to work collaboratively with the schools and other essential services such as the Children’s Social Care, you will have the ability to translate complex data, presenting this in meetings and in reports. With a professional child or family-focused qualification, you will have experience of working with vulnerable families to embed change and you will be well-versed in safeguarding and child protection issues. You will have great communication skills, plenty of patience and resilience, and the ability work to deadlines.
We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
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