At the London Borough of Newham’s Children’s Services, we pride ourselves on being an innovative organisation with a commitment to the needs of vulnerable children and young people in the borough. With a firm focus on achieving positive outcomes and reducing risk of harm at all times, we work closely with children and their families to support positive changes where necessary.
The Attendance Management Service operates a traded service to schools as well as delivering the borough's statutory duties in relation to attendance, children missing from education, child employment and entertainment and elective home education. The service is innovative and aims to provide an excellent level of service to schools, children and their families, ensuring that all Newham's children are able to access educational opportunities.
About the Job
Licensing and Enforcement Officer
£30,930 - £32,637 pa
In this role you will play a key role in the delivery of a highly effective Penalty Notice and Child Employment/Entertainment service, helping to ensure children and young people attend school as regularly as possible and benefit from access to safe opportunities to work and perform.
You will be expected to work closely with Schools, Attendance Management Service colleagues and Finance, coordinating all aspects of the issuing of Education Penalty Notices (EPN) and the collection of fines on behalf of the Attendance Management Service (AMS). You will also manage the issuing and recording of Child Employment Permits, Child Performance Licences and Chaperone Licences and investigate offences linked to poor attendance (primarily due to non-payment of penalty notices), child employment, child performances and chaperones and to prepare and submit completed court files to the required standard.
As well as possessing excellent ICT and organisational skills, you will hold up to date knowledge and understanding of legislation and statutory guidance governing schools attendance, child employment and child entertainment, experience of serving the public and working with schools, the private and voluntary sectors, and will be able to undertake thorough and transparent investigations which may or may not lead to referrals to other statutory agencies (i.e. police, social care) or prosecutions via the criminal justice system.
Most importantly, you must be positive and enthusiastic when it comes to service delivery, committed to working in a child-centred way, prioritise the safeguarding of children at all times, and be motivated to achieve positive outcomes for all.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on: 0203 373 0909.
For further information and/or an informal discussion about the role, please contact John Leese (Interim Group Manager) on 020 3373 8817 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).