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Early Help Family Support Worker OCC9181

Job Details:

Salary range: £26,470 - £29,055 pro rata, per annum (This will increase to £26,999 - £29,636 pro rata, per annum from the 1st April 2019)

Work location: Barton Children and Family Centre, Oxford

Hours per week: 22.20

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 8th April 2019

Interview date: 26th April 2019

Advert Text:

The Family Solutions Service in Barton, Oxford are seeking to recruit an Early Help 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.  Come and join our friendly and enthusiastic team.

 

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.

 

The successful candidate will be leading Team Around the Family and holding Child in Need cases. You will deliver 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 Oxford City 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

 

Family Support Service Aims: 

  • To provide timely support and interventions to vulnerable families to address safeguarding concerns and reduce risks to children and young people
  • To provide case work to children, young people and families who meet the threshold for the service, these will include children and young people whose needs approach but do not reach the thresholds for statutory intervention ( as defined by the matrix of needs) , and those who require a statutory response through CIN, CP or LAC
  • To offer a range of group programmes to children, young people and families who meet the threshold for the service
  • To deliver and co-ordinate services within the designated Children and Family Centres
  • To provide both casework and group programmes through outreach to venues other than the Children and Family Centres
  • Provide services in-line with the expectations of the Thriving Families programme

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, including s17 Children in Need cases
  • 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

 

For all staff:

Work in accordance with the Corporate CHOICE values and competency framework. 

Link to County Council Values

 

You have specific responsibilities under Health & Safety legislation to ensure that you:

 

  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety, and that of others affected by what you do, or do not do
  • Cooperate on all issues involving health and safety
  •  Use work items provided for you correctly, in accordance with training and instructions
  •  Do not interfere with or misuse anything provided for your health, safety or welfare
  •  Report any health and safety concerns to your line manager as soon as practicable

Essential 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

Desirable Role Requirements:

 

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.

 

Reference:

Under safer recruitment practices, references will be sought prior to interview.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Emma Boswell, Children and Family Centre Manager on 01865 323240

 

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 flexible working arrangements.

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