Family Support Worker
Job 1 - 37 hours – Substantive
Jobs 2-5 - 37 hours - temporary up to March 2020 to cover the absence of the substantive jobholders
Job 6 - 18½ hours - temporary up to March 2020 to cover the absence of the substantive jobholders
Our service offers locality based family support to children and families facing multiple and complex issues using a restorative approach.
This role delivers direct support to families, usually in their homes, to help resolve issues, build capacity and prevent escalation to statutory services and is based on the principles of delivering the right support at the right time. Undertaking single assessments and working collaboratively to deliver effective support plans, is central to strengthening families and enabling them to become more resilient and maximise their independence.
Our service is delivered applying a whole family approach, planning and reviewing packages of support mainly through Team Around the Family (TAF), or alongside social care interventions, ensuring the child’s voice is paramount.
Outcomes will be evidenced through a consistent approach to assessment, timely recording and regularly reviewing plans and family progress via formal reviews and manager oversight.
What you will need to succeed
You will need to be a collaborative, task focused and assertive individual with proven ability to achieve the best outcomes by working with families in challenging circumstances. You will be skilled in identifying risk and the impact of multiple vulnerabilities on children, young people and families. You will be confident in engaging effectively with children, young people and families who can be challenging, show disguised compliance, demonstrate risky behaviours and who may be reluctant to accept support or implement change. You will be flexible and creative, responding to crisis, often at short notice.
A level 4 qualification in working with families or the equivalent would be advantageous but is not essential as you will need to evidence substantial experience of working with vulnerable families from diverse backgrounds to deliver improved outcomes. There is an expectation that you will often assume the Lead Professional role and work with partner agencies and other professionals in a coordinated approach. You will need experience of completing good quality child-centred assessments and understand the needs of children, young people and families in order to co-produce an outcome-focused plan.
You will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures.
What we can offer you
An attractive salary, pension scheme and generous annual leave.
A comprehensive induction, ongoing supervision and training to support your personal development.
The opportunity to join a dynamic, supportive team where your ideas are valued, and you can be instrumental in changing lives for the better, improving outcomes for children and the development and success of Children’s Services in Kirklees.
An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for this job. A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.