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Family Support Worker Early Help OCC6847

Job Details:


Salary Range: £26,470 - £29,055 per annum
Work Location: Abingdon Children & Family Centre, Abingdon
Hours per week: 37
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: 9 December 2018
Interview date: Week Commencing 17 December 2018

Advert Text:


The Family Solutions Service in Abingdon are seeking to recruit a Family Support Worker to join their Early Help Team.  The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic worker who is passionate about improving outcomes for children and young people.  

The work will include case management and direct work with children, young people and their families providing timely support and interventions to address safeguarding concerns and reduce risks to children and young people. 

It will also involve leading Team Around the Family meetings and delivering a range of evidence based group programmes to children, young people and families who meet the threshold for the service both within the Children and Family Centre and at outreach venues. 

The ability to travel across the Vale of White Horse area is essential.

Job Purpose:


To work with children, young people and their families in a way that prioritises good outcomes and promotes welfare.

The work will include case management for early help and step-down cases according to the Threshold of Needs.

Work will include direct work with children, young people and their families.

Role Responsibilities:


  • To monitor and assess children and young people's needs, including taking appropriate actions to address emerging safeguarding concerns. 
  • To act as case holders for children and young people in accordance with the appropriate level of the Threshold of Need matrix.
  • To undertake visits, observations and meetings and record them on electronic systems to the agreed standard and within agreed timescales.
  • To undertake direct work and interventions with children, young people and offer support to parents/carers in promoting welfare of their children within allocated cases be they in CIN, CP or Early Help this may include the supervision of contact.
  • To support and arrange step-down work to support children and their families including authorship of Common Assessment Frameworks.
  • To set up and attend Team Around the Family meetings in order to successfully move cases into universal services.
  • To co-run specific evidence based programmes such as parenting and domestic abuse group work.
  • To participate in the development and implementation of group work across the service and in accordance with the needs of the service.
  • To develop community knowledge and links and use this for the benefits of children and families and also for the development of the service.
  • To ensure close links with the Locality Support Service and universal partners.
  • To give evidence in Court if required.

Role Requirements:




Qualifications, Training and Professional Registrations
Evidence of good standard of education


Skills and Knowledge
 An understanding of the impact of abuse, social deprivation and/or disadvantage on children, young people and their families
IT skills
Ability to demonstrate relevant experience in social care, health, education, early years, youth and community work.
Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding principles.
Proven experience of working with children, young people and their families
Ability to assess and analyse information
Ability to work in an inclusive/non-discriminatory manner
Ability to work flexibly
Mediation/negotiation skills
Ability to liaise efficiently with other professional/organisations
Demonstrable listening skills
Good understanding of child development and factors that support children to develop and achieve their potential


Interpersonal skills
Ability to communicate and collaborate with a wide range of people, in a wide range of situations and build effective working relationships internally and with partner agencies.
Experience of dealing effectively with challenging situations.
Ability to be proactive, motivate and create change within complex family situations


Personal Qualities
Able to be reflective, self-management
Ability to work with others
Resilient and able to work in challenging and complex situations
Confident and approachable manner


Key Competencies
Ability to integrate and apply knowledge, values, and skills to practice situations in a purposeful, intentional, ethical and professional manner to promote well-being


Equal Opportunities
Acting with integrity and impartiality, promoting a working environment that supports the Council’s values


Special Requirements
Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
Ability to travel to and access a variety of premises
Commitment to inter-agency working
Some flexibility in working arrangements/hours to meet operational requirements including responding to emergencies.
Safely transport children and families to venues across the county.




Qualifications, Training and Professional Registrations
Training in an evidence based parenting programme


Skills and Knowledge
Knowledge of child of CP, CIN and CAF/TAC processes
Ability to co run groups and intervention sessions
Knowledge and understanding of Early Help and Early Years and theories and services
Experience of working within a statutory children and families setting

Vetting Requirements:


This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Contact details for an informal discussion:


 Karen Walker - 01865 328400 / abingdon


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to part time working and job share arrangements.

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