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Specialist Family Support Worker OCC251806

Job details


Salary range: £31,895 - £34,373 per annum

Work location: The Oaks, Eynsham and Glebesland Assessment Home, Thame

Hours per week: 74 Hours across two weeks including sleep ins, late shifts and weekend work on a rota.  We are open to discussions about flexible working.

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: rolling advert


Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a criminal records check. This post is subject to the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009 and successful candidates will be required to complete a Disqualification Form. 



Are you somebody who would be really good at working across our children's homes and out in the community  with children or young adults and their families? If so we have the ideal role for you. We currently have a number of careers offering a good starting salary, pension and other benefits including flexible working.



About us


The Oaks Assessment Home settles for nothing but the best possible standards of care and service provision for the children and families we work with. Our focus is:


  1. To work with and support more vulnerable looked after children and young people and families who are:
  • At risk of being placed either in long term residential care, or in IFA placements
  • At risk of remaining in such placements
  • At risk of entering the looked after system


  1. To offer planned and structured therapeutic interventions in line with care planning to these children and young people, focussing on, but not exclusively, on:
  • Retaining their position within the family home
  • Their return to/successful settling into a family setting (home OCC foster care or kinship care) or
  • Their move to independent living


  1. To provide the highest possible standards of care for the young people in their families and/or in the centres in accordance with the above and with Directorate/Service objectives, policies and procedures.


  1. To ensure a service that supports the needs of young people and their families in a planned and considered way, including advocating for them, and to further their well-being, in particular their
  • Health
  • Education and/or preparation for independence
  • Identity, religion, and culture, including positive self-image
  • Family and social relationships
  • Social representation
  • Emotional and behavioural development
  • Self-care skills



Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development. 


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering. 



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


The only experience we are looking for is 'life experience' as full training will be offered. So if you are as equally committed to improving children's lives as we are then please contact Lindsay Truby on 07917534404 for an initial discussion to learn more about the roles.

Or alternatively: Registered Managers of the provisions.

Sandra Curley or Jen Hooper on 01865884377



Application Procedure



To apply, you will need to complete an online application form by clicking Apply Now. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.


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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


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 these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


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. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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