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Education Early Help Assessment Worker

Northumberland County Council
£25,419 - £28,226
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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Are you passionate about Early Help and Prevention work? Do you want to work in an ambitious local authority with strong leadership and partnership commitment to early help? Northumberland is on a continuous improvement journey in relation to its Early Help service. We are supporting further investment to build upon our successful and well-regarded services.

‘Early help is of good quality and engages children and families in purposeful assessments that recommend what interventions and services will best meet their needs. As a result, children’s experiences improve and the need for statutory intervention is avoided.’ (Ofsted ILACS inspection 2020)

Northumberland has adopted a hybrid working model with postholders able to work at home and in allocated offices. We offer an essential car user allowance to staff who are eligible and a range of other benefits to support staff.

Do you have a passion to ensure that Children, young people and their families are supported effectively in sector that aims to identify and address needs early so to make sure children and their families get the right support at the right time?  Then you might be the right person to join our Education Early Help Team. 

Early Help Assessments (EHAs) and Team Around the Family (TAF) meetings are designed to be used by any universal service who come into contact with children, young people and their families.  Education settings are a key universal service and so ensuring a robust use of the EHAs and TAFs in education is essential. 

This team will consist of six Early Help Education Workers who will each have their own set of education providers to support.  Each worker will make links with their schools and support their education colleagues to initiate EHAs and to lead TAF meetings.  They will also work with the Senior Early Help Co-ordinator in the service to support schools to have robust Early Help offers across the continuum of Early Help. 

As an Education Early Help Worker you will be key in ensuring that education providers feel confident in addressing students' needs when they are identified.  You will work with a wide range of services to achieve this, including Northumberland Inclusive Education Service, The Virtual School, Harrogate and District Foundation Trust 0-19 service, Primary Mental Health Teams, Early Help Family Worker teams and more. 

We are looking for someone who understands the power of working as a team and that embraces the belief that we achieve so more when we work together. 


  • You will have experience of working with families in understanding their needs and creating plans to support these.. 
  • You will always want to hear the child’s voice and ensure that this is taken into account. 
  • You will be passionate about advocating for families where systems are hard to navigate 
  • You will have excellent communication skills  
  • You will have a sound knowledge of thresholds of need and levels of intervention 
  • You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of children and families 
  • You will be able to manage a small group of people so that conversations are solution focussed 
  • You will not be afraid to think creatively to solve problems.  

The successful candidate will need to have a new DBS / or show their current DBS if the update service has been used, as part of the normal recruitment process. 

You will care enough to want to make a difference - every day.  

If your skill-set includes the above, come and join a progressive and innovative organisation which values all of our employees. 

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.  

For an informal conversation, please contact Emma Walker Team Manager - Early Help who can be contacted on 01670 536400

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


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