Contact Supervisor

Location
London (Greater)
Salary
£26,025 - £31,536 per annum
Posted
28 Sep 2020
Closes
11 Oct 2020
Ref
randw/TP/17401/2142
Contract Type
Contract

The Role

Does the sound of providing a safe, welcoming, child-focused, borough-wide supervised contact service to families with children looked after appeal to you?

If the answer is yes, then we want to encourage you to consider applying to become our Contact Supervisor!

We are looking to recruit a Contact Supervisor on a 6-month fixed term contract and join our amazing team at Wandsworth.

About the Service

Wandsworth Contact Service (WCS) is part of Children Looked After service (CLA Support) in Wandsworth. The service provides supervised family contact for children separated from their parents through court proceedings and looked after by the local authority. 

The Contact Service is borough-wide and operates from a base in Tooting. The WCS opens on Monday - Friday (8am - 6pm), Saturday (9am - 4pm) and Sunday (9am – 2pm).

About the role

You will be required to observe interaction between adults and children and produce a report, within 48 hours of the contact session. Contact sessions can take place at the Centre, in foster carers’ homes or out within the community.  An average contact session lasts 2 hours.  You may also be required to give evidence in family court proceedings.

Experience of working with children in need or at risk of harm is relevant and the capacity to work with parents who are subject to statutory intervention in their lives is essential and any other duties considered relevant by management. 

To be shortlisted your CV and personal statement will demonstrate:

  • You have a relevant qualification; this could be a Degree in Psychology, Sociology or Health and Social Care, a Teaching Certificate, an NNEB & Early Years training or a NVQ level 3 or above. 
  • Have the ability to understand the developmental needs of a child and have knowledge of relevant legislation in child protection and safeguarding. 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Have the ability to manage challenging behaviours and maintain professional boundaries.
  • Experience of using IT systems, including Microsoft Office.

Induction and in-house training will be provided (online due to Covid-19 restrictions)

Benefits

The Shared Staffing Arrangement aims to be at the forefront of innovation in local government and the organisation will invest in your development and ensure the opportunities for progression that only a large organisation can provide

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance including a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays (pro rata). In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date: 11:59pm on Sunday 11th October 2020
  • Shortlisting date: TBC
  • Interview Date: TBC

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

How to apply?

To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement must address the requirements listed in attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Ellen Kitson by email Ellen.Kitson@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk