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Specialist Family Support Worker OCC608776

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Salary range: £35,745 - £38,223 per annum (+ increased pay for unsociable hours and sleeping in pay)

Work location: Children's homes countywide

Hours per week: 74 hours across a two week rota, alternate weekends, bank holidays, sleep-ins and unsociable hours.

Contract type: Permanent 

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


Closing date: Wednesday 31st July 2024

Interview date: To be confirmed


Working together to help children, young people and families to thrive.



About us


OCC was fortunate to be successful with bidding for DFE monies to develop and grow our in-house children’s home provisions to enable more Oxfordshire children to remain in Oxfordshire when they become Children We Care For. As a result, we are excited to be opening 5 new children’s homes between November 2023 and December 2024.


Our children’s homes sit within The Residential and Edge of Care Service which works with the most vulnerable children and families, including those on the edge of care, within the Children We Care For system and those preparing for independence.


The strategic aim of this service is to deliver integrated and individualised interventions to promote best outcomes for children and their families. We’ve got an ambitious road ahead, and we need the right talent to help us.



About the role


The successful applicant will be working in a team as a Specialist Family Support Worker in one of our 2 new solo children’s home. These provisions are small children’s homes imbedded in quiet local communities to provide a safe and nurturing home environment with intensive support packages for up to 2 young people aged 12 – 17. The role involves shift work which includes sleeping in and working weekends and bank holidays.



About you


We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals who have experience of working with children aged 12-17. You will be part of the team to welcome our children as we open the doors to our new children’s home.


The successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to working towards or Successful completion of Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce or equivalent.



Rewards and benefits


  • Relocation expenses of up to £8,000
  • A good OFSTED rating
  • Regular training opportunities
  • A flexible, agile organisation
  • A generous local government pension scheme
  • 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Culture of flexible working
  • Technology to support agile working where role permits
  • Option to ‘buy’ additional holiday
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer’s contribution of up to 19.9%
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Local and national discounts for shopping and travel
  • Great learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria  


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jen Hooper, Assistant Team Manager 07557 082585 or Claire Lewis, Service Manager Residential and Edge of Care Services 07519 667977 



Application Procedure


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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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