Senior Support Worker - DBIT Edge of Care Core Service

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£20600 - £26800 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
05 Jun 2020
15 Jun 2020
Job role
Support Worker
Contract Type
Full time
In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn't enough, Essex has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider.


The Divisional Based Intervention Teams (D-BIT) have been operational in Children's Social Care (CSC) since early 2012. The service has a proven track record of improving outcomes for young people and their families and addressing areas where there are difficulties in the relationships that exist between family members so that young people can continue to live safely within their homes and family networks. These teams are a key element of the current Children's Social Care strategy to drive down the need for care placements, particularly for older children, and are working in partnership with a range of other innovative services to provide early help and intensive intervention across the spectrum of need.

D-BIT work on a voluntary basis with young people aged 8 -17 who are on the edge of care. The teams work with the whole family utilising strengths based and solution focused methodology to support them in developing and implementing sustainable, long term solutions based on their individual circumstances. Intervention is intensive and time limited and as a consequence caseloads are comparatively small and offer the opportunity for direct and frequent engagement at the heart of families.

This role with the D-BIT Service will require staff to work a basic week (Mon - Fri) but also to be able to work flexibly, which will include some evenings and occasional weekend activity. This position is based in DBIT Mid in Chelmsford, with the expectation that the worker would support work in other quadrants in Essex as needed. The team is a secondary team and therefore will not case hold or have case holding responsibilities.

Key Accountabilities

* To undertake Solution Focused intervention with whole families whilst working jointly with DBIT colleagues in order to support families stay together whenever possible and safe to do so.
* To liaise and maintain close links with other agencies/services working with a family ensuring consistency of approach and avoiding duplication of response.
* To record work and activity in accordance with the service's procedures and policies.
* To write reports for meetings, panels and case conferences.
* To attend meetings, case conferences and reviews in order to positively contribute to an understanding of a child's needs and progress and to help plan future programmes of intervention.
* To maintain high standards of professional practice and personal behaviour so as to develop confidence for the family and individual child/young person in the effectiveness and value of the social care service.
* To work collaboratively with other Social Work Support Officers, Social Workers, colleagues and managers so as to contribute to the overall work of the organisation and improved outcomes for children.
* To receive professional supervision in accordance with the Council's policy and to undertake training and development events as deemed necessary for the effective discharge of the role and an understanding of the wider work of the Children &Young People's Service.
* To positively promote equality of opportunity and outcome and to appropriately challenge behaviours and actions which are detrimental to children and the wider principles of service equality and social justice.
* To undertake the role in accordance with Health and Safety and related policies.
* To undertake any other tasks which might from time to time be required within the overall grading and responsibility of the post.
* To undertake occasional evening work and be available for very occasional weekend activities.
* Familiarity with the Children Act 1989, 2004.
* Hold a current driving licence and have access to a car for business purposes
* Be committed to evidence-based practice
* Be contactable by telephone

Knowledge, Sills and Experience

* NVQ Level 3 - Caring for Children and Young People or equivalent qualification or work-based experience.
* Experience/Knowledge/Interest in the Solution Focused approach.
* Experience of working in a supportive relationship with children, young people and families
* Experience in planning activities for children, young people and parents
* Knowledge of Child Development.
* Have an understanding of issues that can impact on children and families - e.g., poverty, disability and bereavement.
* First Aid Certificate, desirable but not essential.

This role with the D-BIT Service will require staff to work a basic 37-hour week (Mon - Fri) but also to be able to work flexibly, which will include some planned evening and occasional planned weekend work.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.