Action for Change Practitioner

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£32,301 - £35,949
Closing date
7 Dec 2021

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Health and Social Care
Job role
Salary Band
£30,000 - £39,999
Contract Type
Full time

Work with birth parents to rebuild their futures after children are permanently removed into care

In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local people at the heart of decision-making, working in partnership with them to provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient. We are committed to ensuring the most vulnerable families can access the support they need, when they need it. We work hard to intervene before children need to enter care, but also support parents who have undergone the trauma of removals.

Our Action for Change team offers an innovative shared service that supports birth-parents who have had children permanently removed through care proceedings. Working across Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster councils, we provide bespoke interventions, often utilising systemic practice as well as practical support. We strive to develop resilience, self-esteem, self-care skills and independence within this vulnerable and marginalised group to enable them to make informed and positive choices. Our overall aim of the service is to prevent future removals from this cohort of parents.

Action for Change is based within Kensington and Chelsea and sits within the wider complex needs and edge of care team; Families Forward.

The Role:

Building long-term, collaborative, trusting relationships is key to success, and you’ll be given the time and space to deliver an effective service. Taking on a small but complex caseload, you’ll work directly with parents, usually in the home and the community, tailoring plans to their agreed needs and wishes. Working in a flexible, responsive and persistent way, you will draw on your therapeutic approaches and offer both emotional and practical support to clients about the care proceedings and removal of their child(ren). We collaborate with our clients to help them develop resilience, develop their self-esteem and relationships / support networks, as well as to connect with learning, employment and recreational opportunities, and other relevant support services such as mental health, housing, substance use and domestic abuse.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information

About You:

We welcome creative, compassionate people from a variety of professional backgrounds who can engage and support people dealing with chronic and complex difficulties. This might include social work, family therapy or domestic abuse services. Significant experience of working with people who have experienced loss and trauma, and faced challenges such as substance misuse, domestic abuse or mental health issues is key. Gentle perseverance is essential to making things work, as is considerable emotional resilience. You’ll have a good grasp of statutory services as well as the range of community-based support available. Sound knowledge of children’s or adults’ safeguarding is essential as well as managing and prioritising a complex case load

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s will not be considered for this role.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants

Additional information

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.

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.

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 do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, 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.

If you experience difficulties with the recruitment application process, please contact the recruitment team by email:

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