Roles and duties of the specialised educator

There are many roles and responsibilities for a special educator. Their main aim is to support children, young people and adults in their psychological, social and educational development. They may work in institutions such as homes, educational centres, foster homes or child welfare services. The main tasks and responsibilities of a specialised educator can be summarised as follows;

  • Maintaining a safe and stable environment for children, young people and adults.
  • Establish relationships of trust with the people under their responsibility.
  • Providing active listening and assistance to individuals.
  • Analyse individual needs and behaviours.
  • Develop personalised plans to improve people's well-being.
  • Write reports and reviews on the progress of people in their care.
  • Assisting people to find solutions to their problems.
  • Providing advice and information to the education team.
  • Coordinating specific activities to help individuals improve their social and emotional skills.
  • Participating in audits and evaluation sessions to assess the effectiveness of services.
  • Organising recreational activities for people in their care.

All these tasks and responsibilities require both technical skills and human qualities, such as patience, communication and empathy. To fulfil their role effectively, special educators must also keep up to date with the latest developments in special education.

Salary and career development for special educators

The salary of a special educator is governed by the civil service regulations. It varies considerably depending on experience and location. It is generally based on the salary scale for local authority employees and may be supplemented by bonuses and allowances. Here are the gross annual salary increases in France per year of experience for an Educateur spécialisé / éducatrice spécialisée :

  • 0 to 2 years: €2,186 to €2,693
  • 2 to 5 years: €2,693 to €3,452
  • 5 to 10 years: €3,452 to €4,547
  • 10 to 15 years: €4,547 to €5,901
  • Over 15 years: €5,901 and more.

Once they have gained more experience, special educators can look forward to career prospects such as:Social workerBehavioural and clinical educatorSchool and vocational guidance counsellorClinical psychologistEducational team leader.

Advantages and disadvantages of Educateur spécialisé

Advantages

The chance to make a positive difference in the world and help improve the lives of vulnerable people.

The opportunity to acquire valuable skills and develop new ones through ongoing training and mentoring programmes.

A variety of interesting and rewarding career opportunities.

Helping young people to develop their social skills and well-being.

Numerous opportunities for learning and personal development.

Disadvantages

Working with vulnerable people who are sometimes difficult to help.

Working shifts, especially weekends and evenings.

Very long and stressful working days.

Budgetary constraints may limit certain treatment options.

Sometimes there are no immediate tangible results.

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