Senior Family Support Worker - Early Help Team
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Early Help and Targeted Support services in Warwickshire have seen some exciting changes, helping to ensure children, young people and families access the right support at the right time. This was recognised by Ofsted in our 2021 inspection where we were grade Good in all areas:
- Children and families in Warwickshire benefit from consistently good quality services.
- Children and families in Warwickshire benefit from a clearly defined and accessible Early Help offer, ensuring that they receive support services when needed.
- Children and Families have access to a wide range of helpful services at an early stage, which make a real difference to their lives.
We have an exciting opportunity for a permanent, full time Senior Family Support Worker to join our Warwick District team. The post holder will be apply multi-disciplinary skills in their work with families, having a caseload of their own, specific to team area, depending on the identified level of need and demand on the service. They will be required to contribute to the learning of others, provide training, develop and lead an area of expertise such as mental health and provide supervision to colleagues.
Senior Family Support Workers may also be required to deputise for Team Managers to ensure smooth operations of the Family Support Work service.
About the Role
Essential experience to be successful in the role includes:
- A minimum of NVQ Level Four or equivalent children and family’s qualification.
- Minimum of 3 year’s experience of demonstrably effective continuous Family Support Work coupled with delivery of specialist interventions, partnership work and supervisory duties.
- To maintain an up-to-date knowledge within their areas of specialism, including relevant policies and legislation and ensure that it is shared and promoted appropriately.
- To deputise for a Team Manager and/ or supervise Family Support Workers, as required.
- To build working relationships with other professionals and agencies, supporting an effective multi-agency liaison and work effectively as part of a multi-agency team.
- To take a lead role in promoting a continuous professional development to Family Support Workers, cascading relevant training and knowledge, sharing best practice, and offering specialist advice and support.
- Contributing to the learning of others through a robust delivery of guidance, support, and training, including in specific specialist areas, e.g., mental health, domestic abuse, to Family Support Workers and other colleagues, as required.
- Developing and maintaining strong partnerships with other services and agencies to deliver a holistic service to families with complex needs.
- Delivery of specialist interventions and programmes.
- Supervise a small number of family support workers and contribute to smooth management of the team and service. This might include responsibility for rota’s, co-ordinating services and acting as the senior worker to lead and support others in difficult situations.
- Deputising for Team Managers, as required.
- Meet the needs of families, children, and young people, using a restorative approach, developing strong relationships to support families to help themselves, empowering families to make their own decisions and actively engage in their plan of support or intervention.
- Delivery of direct work with parents and children through their plans of support.
This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
For more information please contact Joy Wood via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 1st July 2022
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Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. See more.