Family Support Worker

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Job Sector:
Social Care
South East
Salary Description:
From £19,974 to £22,584 per annum Grade 2 (lower): £19,974 - £22,584 p
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Family Support Worker, Stronger Families Future Communities, Southend Fixed term contract until October 2020 (with possible extension until December 2020) Family Action delivers and manages a high quality, tailor-made support service for families with children aged between 5 and 10 in the central Southend Area funded by the Big Lottery Fund . You will be part of a small team providing a flexible range of early preventative services to children, young people and their families. The team will work in partnership and closely collaborate with a number of other local agencies. You will need enthusiasm, a creative approach to your work and an ability to engage positively with a wide range of people. You will be expected to bring relevant experience in delivering one-to-one support sessions and managing a caseload. Our Values: People focus, Mutual Respect, Excellence-in-all-we do and a Can-Do attitude. If you can relate to these and have the necessary skills and attitude we can offer you: ? A competitive salary, leave entitlement and pension scheme ? Career development opportunities ? A full induction and on going quality training ? The opportunity to become part of Family Action initiatives ? Flexible working hours ? Managed work loads with regular supportive and reflective supervision Key tasks and responsibilities: 1. To work alongside families in their homes and the wider community offering practical and emotional support. 2. To work supportively with families, including the extended family, to ensure children’s needs for care and security are met within the family whenever possible, developing agreed action plans with them. To identify and monitor closely any child protection issues and to notify management of any concerns immediately. 3. To work alongside other staff and management to assess the needs of the families referred for support and participate in the reviews and evaluation of the work. 4. To assist families to access, build and maintain effective relationships with the Children’s Centres and other support services. To participate and contribute in meetings with external agencies, to advocate in meetings on behalf of families and, where appropriate involve families in such meetings. 5. To ensure you have an understanding (appropriate to your role) of, and comply with Family Action’s procedures for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Person Specification 1. A qualification in Health and Social Care/Child Development or a related professional qualification equivalent to at least NVQ 3, and evidence of a commitment to continuing learning and professional development. 2. To have experience of working with children of all ages and the ability to demonstrate knowledge in all stages of child development, including contributory factors to positive mental and physical well-being. 3. Experience of giving advice, guidance and practical support to parents of children between the ages of 5 and 10 and of linking people into appropriate services. An ability to work collaboratively with families who may be at risk, to identify their support needs, plan, implement and monitor emotional and practical support to them in order to improve their parenting skills, the home environment and the opportunities that they are able to provide. 4. An understanding of CP and EHA systems, and experience working in a multi agency way to offer a response to families at risk. 5. A thorough and comprehensive understanding of Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adult Policies and Procedures and a willingness to continually update and apply this knowledge. 6. To have worked effectively with families where a high level of need has been identified and to have a wide range of knowledge of the potential impact of a variety of complex needs. 7. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, along with thorough record keeping skills. Good IT skills using Microsoft Office (Excel/Word/Outlook). 8. When necessary, prepared to work occasionally after hours. The ability to travel around the Southend Central Area is essential, a full driving licence and access to a car are desirable. For an application pack and further information, including the benefits we offer, please click Apply Closing date: 17th January 2020, 9am Interview date: 30th January 2020

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