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Refugee Home-School Support Project Worker

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:53 pm    Post subject: Refugee Home-School Support Project Worker Reply with quote

Refugee Home-School Support Project

Job Description - Project Worker

We are a part-time team and work with the Project co-ordinator to help meet the educational needs of refugee children, mainly in Battersea but with outreach in Tooting and Roehampton. The post is offered on a part-time basis, (Between 7-21 hours per week depending on availability of suitable candidate and funding for post). Arrangements can be discussed to accommodate a suitable candidateís preferred working pattern e.g. term-time only or between limited hours.

The project is working with families referred to us by EMAG teachers in Battersea mainly, but with some referrals in Tooting and Roehampton.
You will be expected to do home visits, work independently and liaise with teachers.

Main duties and responsibilities:

1. Strategic contacts: Maintain contacts with
a. Professionals working with refugee and asylum seekers, including the Minority Ethnic Achievement team at Wandsworth education department, Health Visitors, Education Welfare Officers.
b. Schools, including classroom teachers;
c. Voluntary groups.

2. Information and communication: Develop and keep up to date appropriate information for
a. Schools and other professionals;
b. Parents and families.

3. Support and advice to families: Develop procedures and working methods for giving effective advice and support across the project, to families identified, including
a. Identifying issues
b. Developing a bank of appropriate information
c. Listening to the views of other agencies and to families
d. Liaising with other agencies where appropriate

4. Administration: Be able to
a. Use systems for recording and reporting work;

5. Carrying a personal caseload: Working with a number of families directly to give appropriate
information, advice and support to make more effective use of the education system.

6. Childrenís work: Willingness to organize and run activities for primary or secondary school children both on site in schools and at Katherine Low Settlement and off site.

The project worker will report to and be supported by the project co-ordinator.
Person specification:

The person appointed will have

1. Initiative and drive to work independently and take responsibility for own caseload;
2. Flexibility and sensitivity to enable effective work with families and young people from widely varied backgrounds;
3. Personal and or professional experience to enable you to work with teachers and families.
4. Knowledge of the issues facing refugees and asylum seekers;
5. Knowledge of the English education system;
6. Ability to keep administrative record systems and report work;
7. Good communication skills, oral and written;
8. Ability to speak a community language would be an advantage;
9. Experience of leading childrenís activities would also be an advantage.
10. Experience of fundraising and/or monitoring and evaluation would also be an advantage.

Please feel free to forward this email.

We are a home-school liaison team working with refugee and asylum seeking families in Wandsworth.

We are currently looking for a part-time project worker to complement our service. Our team has a range of skills and specialisations and at the moment we are particularly interested in those with education experience (EMA) and fundraising skills.

Hours are negotiable. (Between 7 and 21 hrs a week). Pay £9.54 p.h.

Please find attached job description and person specification.

If you are interested and have a CV already prepared, please send it to the address below. (Ref: Project Worker). If not please send us a couple of paragraphs about yourself and why you are interested in this post.

Many thanks.

Hana Gill

Refugee Project

Katherine Low Settlement

108 Battersea High Street

London SW11 3HP

Tel: 0207 5850339

Mobile: 07985 915935

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