Specialist Family Support Worker
Family Support Worker, Family Support Service in Somerset (West). £21,000 plus travel expenses and excellent holiday package. Applications for Job Share will be considered.
Innovative specialist therapeutic family support service offering a diverse range of services to children and families in schools and in the community in the Somerset area, adopting a pastoral working model with families.
Now looking for a Specialist Family Support Worker to support children and their families across Somerset.
Family Support Worker Main Duties:
- To practice in line with our child protection policy and procedures at all times and keep the safeguarding of children at the forefront of all duties making referrals to the appropriate children’s services team where it is deemed a child is at risk of harm.
- To practice in line with equal opportunity, anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive policies and procedures.
- To professionally represent the company, by working in line with the policies and procedures of the company at all times.
- To work directly with children in need and their families in Schools and community settings where a referral has been received in order to offer emotional and practical support to both children and parents/carers.
- To make accurate assessments and action plans and work to these identified actions in order to positively influence family situations.
- Following relevant training, to contribute to/lead the Common Assessment Framework and/or Early Help Assessments processes where appropriate (full training can be given).
- To attend Core Group/Child in Need/Initial and review child protection conferences and meetings within schools.
- To prepare accurate and timely reports to present at the required meetings.
- To work with parents directly to uncover their underlying issues affecting inter family relationships and promote, strengthen and develop the resilience and potential of parents/carers and children.
- Liaise with Children’s Services (Adults/Children’s Services) and professionals within external agencies, as agreed within plans for children.
- Keep written and electronic records/assessments and action plans.
- Work appropriately within the boundaries of confidentiality.
- To liaise with class teachers and other relevant professionals where necessary.
- Ensure that service users are as fully involved as possible in decisions which affect them individually including the workers assessment and action plans.
- Contribute to service development.
- Undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required e.g. parents evenings, after school clubs etc.
Family Support Worker Necessary Skills, Qualifications and Experience:
- Nationally recognised Level 3 qualification in Counselling.
- Minimum of two years’ experience working directly with vulnerable children and families.
- Minimum GCSE Grade C (or equivalent) in English.
- Understanding of multi-agency working between the statutory sector and the third sector.
- Computer literate.
- Ability to make assessments and action plans in conjunction with families and other agencies.
- Excellent communication skills at all levels, across a wide variety of social and ethnic backgrounds.
- Demonstrable ability to work flexible hours (occasional evenings).
- Have access to a mode of transport as travel is an essential part of this role.