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School Welfare Officer - Term Time

The Sallygate School, Dover

  • Ref:KCC886-6137-31S
  • Posted:01/08/2019
  • Pay:£18,500 - £22,000 p/a pro rata Term Time + 10 days
  • Start Date:September Term
  • App Close Date:31/08/2019 at 17:00
  • Interviews:TBA



The post is permanent, term time + 10 days and is based in our Sallygate School.

We offer a competitive Salary Range of £18,500 - 22,000 per annum.

We have a strong commitment to staff development and there will be considerable opportunities for internal and external training and for sharing good practice within the community.

Channels and Choices are committed to Safer Recruitment, CV’s cannot be considered without a completed application form.


Working as part of small team to support and promote the Safeguarding, Child Protection and the Welfare of all children.

To liaise with School Staff in the early identification of children who are experiencing difficulties making referrals to external agencies if appropriate

Establish excellent links between school, home and other professional external agencies

Promoting children to participate in learning and activities in order to thrive and achieve good emotional and social wellbeing

Lead and/or attend internal meetings to support children's welfare and well-being and provide information towards Children in Care Reviews and Personal Education Plan Meetings as requested. 

Represent The Sallygate School at external meetings held in respect of children, such as Early Help, Child in Need, Child in Care Reviews or Child Proteciton Meetings

Work directly with children, channels and choices staff and families in a lead role to co-ordinate support programmes for children

To undertake duties relating to Child Protection issues with the support of the Designated Safeguarding Lead

Keep accurate and up to date records, notes of meetings, visits, observations in order to contribute to any meetings held

Monitor and evidence the impact of any support programmes on child achievement and wellbeing

Develop additional and alternative creative interventions and learning activities that support progression and achievement, build self-esteem and encourage learning and social participation. 

Deliver interventions and learning activities on a one to one or small group work basis, in a variety of environments under the direction of the Senior Leadership Team and the guidance of Lead Teachers. 

To assist in the supervision of children inside and outside the classroom including the play areas

To help improve and support the attendance of all children

Demonstrate and model a commitment and contribution to the Equal Opportunities and Multi-Racial policies as well as anti-sexist practice at all times.

Follow and adhere to all Policies and Procedures at all times. 

Undertake ongoing appropriate CPD and in service training as required by the job role. 

Partake in ‘extra curricula’ activities (out of school hours and in school holidays as directed by Senior Leadership Team) in line with the identified needs of the pupils.

Maintain high standards by behaving and communicating in a professional manner at all times.

Undertake additional or other duties as may be appropriate to achieve the objectives of the post and as directed and deemed appropriate by the Senior Leadership Team. 

Information about the school

Channels and Choices was established in 2005. It was founded by a group of Qualified Social Workers who had become increasingly frustrated with the quality of children’s services when placing young people. From that time Channels & Choices has developed in to a centre of excellence in therapeutic child care services. Channels and Choices Therapeutic Community comprises of 6 children’s residential homes, a DfE registered school, a therapeutic fostering service and a resident therapy team. Currently graded Good with Outstanding Features at the last Ofsted Inspection in 2018

In December 2011 Channels and Choices opened The Sallygate School. This is a school for children with SEMH (Social, Emotional, Mental Health) needs. The school curriculum caters for key stages 2, 3 and 4 and has a high level of staff to pupil ratios to ensure that each individual child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. The school offers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum blended with the National Curriculum.

The teaching is based around a sound knowledge and understanding of the needs of each pupil, and is shaped around the ways in which different pupils learn. This means that we take care to nurture the individual talent, and aim to respond to the learning needs of every pupil. The curriculum is delivered in small learning groups by teachers who are supported by one or more learning mentors depending on the needs of the group.

The school works alongside the resident therapy team, including a resident Psychologist, to help young people work through difficult emotional and behavioural difficulties, which often present as extreme barriers to their learning.

Job Contact Information


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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.