Senior Support Worker - DBIT

England, Essex, Colchester
£20604.0 - £26801.0 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
24 Sep 2020
05 Oct 2020
Job role
Support Worker
Contract Type
Full time

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 or custody. 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 to their problems. 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.

The Role

A opportunity has arisen for a Senior Support Worker working in North D-BIT Service, based in Essex House Colchester but covering North Essex including Colchester and Tendring .

D-BIT Core Teams work with children / young people and their families where there are concerns that the relationships shared between family members are strained and referring social workers have assessed there to be a significant risk of the child / young person becoming estranged from their families and networks.

D-BIT work with families holds the child / young person at the centre of engagement with a mindfulness regarding the importance of family and relationships at all times. The majority of the families we work with , are finding it difficult to communicate with one another. They may have lost sight of the things that strengthen and sustain their relationships and lives. Our work involves listening, reflecting, talking with families and supporting them to find their own way to move things on in their relationships. Our best hopes are that this work will enable them to build bridges and provide opportunities for family members to re-engage with the things that work for them. Many individuals and families identify new things about themselves and their strengths that are helpful. We encourage everyone in the family to value the things that are working well and to do more of this. We explore the value of these changes with them in whole family conversations and activities. We approach our work in this way because we know that can work and promote good outcomes for children / young people and their families.

As a successful applicant joining the team you will:

* Work flexibly with children / young people and their families, within their homes and/ or in the community.
* Work with families at times that are good for them, so you would likely find yourself undertaking a considerable amount of work with families in their homes in the afternoons and early evenings
* Occasionally be required to work on weekends where it is a best fit for families
* Have the opportunity throughout secondment to develop knowledge, skills and experience of using a Solution Focussed Approach in your work with families

Job Purpose

To support the overall social work role in undertaking tasks which enable the Council to discharge its statutory duties to children in need, including those who are looked after.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

* NVQ Level 3 - Caring for Children and Young People or equivalent
* Experience of working in a supportive relationship with children, young people and families
* Experience in planning activities and programmes for children, young people and parents
* Knowledge of Child Development.
* Have an understanding of problems and issues that can impact on children and families - e.g., poverty, disability and bereavement.
* First Aid Certificate
* Sign Language - Makaton or BSL
* Experience of group work with young people or adults.
* Knowledge of the functions of a Social Services Department.

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.