The Family Centres in Essex County Council provide a range of interventions to bring about positive change within families, help adults address issues such as domestic abuse which impact their lives and parenting, and increase the resilience of children so that they can stay with their families where it is safe to do so. The Family Centres also provide specialist and bespoke parenting, sibling and risk assessments within the Court arena. They also deliver a variety of group work sessions to vulnerable children and their families.
Job Purpose Summary
This Family Centre Worker post is an exciting and unique opportunity dedicated mainly to our 'Supporting You' programme - offering holistic support to parents following care proceedings who no longer have care of their child. At times the successful candidate may also be involved in a range of other work, including supporting and facilitating group work, direct work with children and supporting social workers with assessment work, the role does not require a Social Work qualification.
- Undertake direct work in partnership with children, young people, their families and other professionals, with clear plans, timescales, review and evaluation processes.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues, other agencies and professionals, contributing to comprehensive and multi-agency assessments of children and families, responding to assessed needs, planning, facilitating and leading group work programmes.
- Support Social Workers in the observation and assessment of the family functioning, with planned work designed to alleviate identified difficulties for both parents and children.
- Work in partnership with parents to develop their practical parenting skills and abilities as parents in order to support and maintain the family. Offering child care services to enable parents to attend one to one and group sessions, to address identified concerns.
- Develop and deliver programmes of work for children and families which support the development of their physical, intellectual, emotional and social potential.
- Develop and contribute to delivery of training for social workers around creative ways of engaging and working with children.
- Provide play opportunities that help children meet their emotional and developmental needs and which assist parent/child relationships.
- Undertake outreach work with families in the community, supporting them in crisis and assisting them in developing skills to cope with their daily lives and promote confidence and independence from professional support.
- Maintain accurate and up to date records of work undertaken, meetings, care planning and court reports.
- Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Personal qualities required
The successful candidate will have experience or qualifications in child development, supporting and intervening with vulnerable adults and / or parenting support. They will be able to demonstrate experience of working in partnership with colleagues, parents and partner agencies, and be confident in communicating and building effective, positive relationships with service users, including children and their families and carers. The ability to keep clear recordings and accountability are also key requirements. The post holder must have a valid driving licence and their own vehicle.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- A recognised RQF level 3 (A level) qualification in childcare or equivalent by experience - required
- Great interpersonal and relationship building skills enable participation in the services of the family centre- required.
- Knowledge of human development across the lifespan and understanding of the impact of adversity on this - required.
- Evidence of continuing professional development, with knowledge in relevant areas - required.
- Experience of planning and delivering targeted pieces of work for children and their parents, with the ability to provide non-judgmental support and challenge - desireable
- Experience of leading group work with children or families and parenting skills with parents - desirable.
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.