Family Drug and Alcohol Court Substance Misuse Worker

Coventry, FDAC Foleshill Road, Coventry
£22183 - £27741 per annum
24 Nov 2021
09 Dec 2021
Job Ref
Resourcing Team
Job Type
Social care
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern

FDAC , Family Drug and Alcohol Court, is a problem-solving court, where parents are assessed and offered an intensive intervention from a multi-disciplinary team, offering Trauma Informed and Relationship Based Intervention where their children are subject to care proceedings where substance misuse has been a feature of their parenting difficulties . The team work directly with the parents with the hope that they can overcome their difficulties in the timeframe for the child, and support permanency for the child in a time focused manner. 

Coventry FDAC is a well-established and a nationally recognised team for innovative practice within the public sector. The specialist multi-disciplinary FDAC team has developed and refined its knowledge of working with parental substance misuse. The Team’s combined skills and expertise offer an accessible and holistic approach to parent/s to overcome their difficulties to achieve abstinence. The Two elements of the intervention are – Can the parent overcome their difficulties in the timeframe for the child and can they provide safe enough care ? 

In May 2019 the DfE asked Local Authorities to support and invest in families and in practice. The Supporting Families Investing in Practice programme, provided investment through grant funding to develop and expand the Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC). 

Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council have through the DfE Supporting families investing in practice grant funding to expand the existing FDAC team in Coventry to provide a service to Warwickshire families as well.

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


Our Values are:

What is the job role?

FDAC are recruiting a parental substance misuse worker. If you have a background in working with substance misuse or experience of assessment and intervention or you have experience of Hidden harms and you want to make a difference we want to hear from you.

Within the role you will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, assessing and intervening with families. You will work in partnership and empower families to sustain positive behaviour changes

You will act as a Key Worker with case management responsibilities to coordinate and plan integrated and intensive family support including working with parents whose children are subject to care proceedings as a result of parental substance misuse and provide appropriate assessments and support to parents whose children are subject to care proceedings.

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).

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an individual who feels passionate about effecting change for families.

You will have experience of parenting programmes and working directly with parents to deliver interventions, an understanding of children’s needs, observing, teaching and modelling positive parenting.

Do you feel confident in working with complex needs where parents have substance misuse issues, trauma, lifestyle and relationship difficulties?  Do you have assessment skills and are able to write reports? If you do, we would certainly welcome your application. 

This is a fixed-term role for 18 months.

In your personal statement, please evidence skills and knowledge in the subject and person specifications, particularly addressing the following, applications will be shortlisted against these points:

  • Demonstrate your knowledge of  undertaking assessments that are focussed on the individuals substance misuse and parenting difficulties
  • Your understanding of the needs of service users and the risk of exposure to substance misuse will have on their children
  • Experience in writing reports, analysing results, and providing advice on what constitutes complex and polysubstance misuse 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'


Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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