Life Long Links Coordinator

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Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£34,128 - £41,466 pro-rata per annum
07 Sep 2020
27 Sep 2020
Job role
Contract Type
Part Time

Working as part of Children’s Services will provide a challenging and rewarding career. We have high ambitions for the children and young people of Kensington and Chelsea. We have formed a bi-borough Children’s Services team with colleagues from Westminster City Council. Our services, which include education, family services and safeguarding, have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and our drive to be the best doesn’t stop there.

By working with us, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to young people in one of the world’s most diverse cities.

If you would like to play a part in this unique team, please take a look at the vacancies below.

The Role:

This exciting and unique role is working in two London Local Authorities, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Council. The role will be to undertake Lifelong Links work with children in Kensington and Westminster, as well as promoting the approach within both authorities.

The aim of Lifelong Links (LLL) is to create a lasting support network for children and young people in the care system for whom there is no plan to live within their family or be adopted. The Lifelong Links approach draws upon a combination of a family finding model, which originated in the United States and the family group conference model. The aim is to identify and engage relatives and other supportive adults, who are estranged from, or not yet known to, a child who is in the care system, especially those who are willing to make a lasting commitment to him/her.

The premise of the approach is valuing continuity and permanence of relationships (be it with relatives or others connected to the child e.g. former foster carers or teachers) that offer ongoing support, provide an explanation of historical events and reinforce identity and a sense of belonging for the young person. The Lifelong Links model includes tools and techniques for professionals to use to search for and find family members and other adults who care about the child. This network is then brought together in a family group conference (FGC) to make a life-long support plan with, and for, the young person, which should be integrated into their care and pathway plans.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

About You:

You will have an in depth understanding and experience of the care system and the experiences of looked after young people and their families, as well as a thorough knowledge of family group conferencing and a commitment to the values of family involvement and empowerment underpinning them.

Your experience of direct work with children and their families, will bring skill and creativity to working with our looked after young people, to ensure their views and wishes are central to the work. Having convened Family group Conferences, you will have developed a high level of interpersonal skills and the capacity to reassure and engage parents and other family and professionals in the life long links process.

Your excellent written and oral communication skills, will enable you to prepare clear and coherent reports on work undertaken and present to both professional and non-professional audiences.

You will be able to demonstrate a high level of motivation and the ability to work independently, with skills in managing a busy caseload with timescales and conflicting priorities.

Role Requirements:

  • Promoting Lifelong Links including running awareness-raising sessions to a range of stakeholders and audiences across RBKC and WCC.
  • Liaising with social workers, IROs and fostering service to plan for effective LLL interventions.
  • Undertaking Lifelong Links FGCs and process with children and their families and extended networks by:
  • Engaging in direct work with young people using a range of techniques to explore and identify the links they wish to establish and the information they want.
  • Chairing LLL FGCs, recording LLL plans and ensuring they are distributed to all relevant participants and professionals.
  • Creatively recording LLL work in a young person friendly format.
  • Attending and contributing to the Bi-Borough Lifelong Links implementation and practice development groups.

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf.

Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

Additional information

RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.