Local Authority Education Link Coordinator - (Central Locality)
Salary: Band: 7, £25,481 - £29,577 p.a.
37 hours per week
Portsmouth City Council
At Portsmouth City Council we're all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.
With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority's main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
We have an exciting opportunity within the Children, Families and Education Directorate for a 'Local Authority Education Link Coordinator' role. This role was developed as a legacy of the LA Link Coordinator role during Covid-19 which involves monitoring and tracking our most vulnerable children and ensuring that we have a joined-up approach across both the local authority and education settings.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for someone who can fulfil the existing role that has now become established and well regarded within schools and the children and families directorate. We are looking for someone who is passionate, dedicated and is able to make a real difference to children and families and help further join-up our multi-agency work.
As a Link Coordinator you will ensure that education settings are aware of their vulnerable pupils that are open to either Children's Social Care or our Early Help and prevention teams, promoting a coordinated and joined up approach.
You will be working alongside your allocated schools to provide advice, guidance, challenge and support with a key focus on ensuring the right processes and practice are in place on a multi-agency basis to improve outcomes for children and their families.
You will need to be able to build excellent working relationships with schools and services, and work using a restorative approach. You will also have the skills to be able to have honest and challenging conversations with professionals, using a high support, high challenge approach.
You will have experience of working with children and families, being a lead professional, completing early help assessments and have up to date safeguarding knowledge and practice. You will also be working alongside the PSCP team to support the delivery of the safeguarding training programme.
You will be a committed individual who is able to work using their own initiative, have excellent inter-personal relationships and be able to communicate with a variety of services and individuals. You will be an organised, IT literate and flexible within the remit of the role as it develops.
What you'll get in return
As well as highly competitive pay you'll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.