The Student Services Division supports students at each stage of their journey from pre-entry to post exit. The Division has a student orientated culture and puts students’ needs at the heart of everything it does.The RoleThe Senior Student Engagement Advisor will be an experienced safeguarding practitioner, able to develop robust risk assessments and advise other staff. The Senior SEA will triage, assess, support and manage a caseload of students alongside coordinating Pastoral Support service functions and facilities in order to ensure the smooth running of operations. The Senior Adviser will work closely with the Pastoral Support Team Leader, team of Student Engagement Advisers, curriculum colleagues and external organisations to ensure holistic support and safety plans are in place for students.Generic Main Purposes and ResponsibilitiesResponsible to: Pastoral Support Team Leader * Senior practitioner in relation to the support, wellbeing and safety of students * Triage referrals, administering, escalating and responding to cases, including high risk as appropriate * Assess and manage a caseload of students with complex pastoral or safeguarding concerns * Provide intensive, short-term 1-1 support and intervention for a complex caseload of students * Be a key Safeguarding Officer within the Service, take appropriate and timely action and undertake emergency suicide/self-harm assessment/intervention in line with College policy/procedure * Develop and implement effective risk assessments and crisis plans in order to meet multiple needs in liaison with external agencies * Be a key lead professional contact for vulnerable students (including children looked after/child in need) and chair/attend relevant disciplinary or multi-agency meetings with Social Services, CAMHS, Adult mental health services etc. as relevant * Provide holistic advice and support to students around a range of issues such as; College bursary, benefits, homelessness, childcare, sexual health and substance misuse etc. signposting where appropriate * Provide information and guidance on the College Bursary funds and support students in completing these forms and providing required evidence students * Compile and administer all case documentation, support plans/agreements, consent forms, risk assessments and meeting minutes in line with relevant College Safeguarding policies and statutory guidance * Implement College evaluation questionnaires for all students accessing pastoral support services * Develop Pastoral support/wellbeing resources for students and staff and publicise on a variety of forums - Moodle, intranet, social media * Complete Review and authorise emergency fund requests * Produce and compile caseload data and relevant service reports as required * Establish and maintain good relationships across the curriculum to support students according to need and to promote enrichment opportunities across the college.Person Specification:A DBS REGISTERED ON THE UPDATE SERVICE OR WITH MAZE8 IS ESSENTIAL FOR THIS ROLE * Qualified to Level 5 or above in appropriate area e.g. mental health, youth and community, social work, psychology. * Significant practitioner experience of managing a caseload of students with pastoral/safeguarding concerns. * Strong IT skills to effectively record/compile report information for all service provision and to promote services using applications such as: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, College intranet/website, Social media outlets Pro-monitor/EBS as well as a willingness to undertake further training in the use of College software. * Extensive knowledge and experience as a Safeguarding practitioner e.g. in identifying risks, compiling risk assessments, safety plans and statutory guidance in relation to social care assessments and information sharing. * Demonstrate ability and have experience of delivering targeted groupwork initiatives for young people (students) ‘at risk’ as a preventative tool. * Strong awareness and empathy (particularly for those that are vulnerable e.g. children looked after-CLA) of the many factors that could potentially impact on student success, e.g. socio-economic, health, wellbeing and safety. * Lead professional experience in attending and chairing multi-agency meetings in order to support young people ‘at risk’. * Experience of coordinating and developing internal/external service promotion and facilities to ensure the smooth running of operations.Additional InformationSalary scale: £28,119 - £29,838 pro rata (salary will be calculated pro-rata to 28 hours per week and 42 weeks per year) per annum inclusive of London Allowance. This position is for 28 hours per week
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