Do you want to make a difference?
Are you passionate about children, young people and their families?
Warwickshire’s Initial Response Service in Atherstone, Nuneaton and Bedworth are looking for a Family Support Worker to join our busy and family-focused team.
If you are committed, creative and passionate about improving outcomes for children and families then Warwickshire would like to hear from you.
About the Role
Working directly with children/young people and their families, using a restorative practice approach you will be part of a supportive social care team ensuring that all children’s outcomes are improved and that they are safeguarded effectively.
You will enjoy working with people and have a natural ability to engage with children, young people, and their families. You will be calm and approachable and instil confidence in those who require a service from us.
You will be creative and have an ability to quickly adapt to meet the needs of those we support.
In our Ofsted Inspection we were rated “good”, Ofsted they said;
Creative and regular direct work supports children to build trusting relationships with their social workers and family support workers. Ofsted, 2022. Find out why we are good Ofsted
About WCC Children and Families Service
At Warwickshire County Council (WCC) we work with children and families restoratively, building strong relationships and connections to help families find long-lasting solutions. Our work contributes to our wider County Council aim – to make Warwickshire the best it can be for everyone. It’s a big responsibility that can be challenging at times, but this is what drives our staff to succeed, develop and achieve. If you’re someone who wants to do the best job possible, who approaches everything with passion, tenacity, courage and purpose, then we want you to work with us.
WCC is an authority that engages with innovation. We are a financially secure Local Authority and want to achieve an outstanding service for children. To this end we have received £21m investment programme over four years to implement new and creative ways of working with children. This funding is from both the Council and Department for Education to strengthen relationship and evidenced based practice. We have introduced the Leeds Family Values model which includes increasing Family Group Conferences, providing more support for Special Guardians and a Caring Dads Programme. We have also begun implementing multi-Disciplinary ways of working (which is focussed on embedding adult mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse services in our teams. We also have a new Children’s Workforce Academy to further support our staff and managers develop. All our practice is underpinned by restorative and trauma informed practice.
We want our practitioners to spend their time building relationships with families to achieve change. We provide safe and manageable caseloads and have provided substantial additional capacity to support teams with Covid pressures. We have excellent business support who minute multi agency meetings for social workers. We are also investing in technology such as automation to support practitioners to automatically upload documents to children’s electronic records.
We’re building something very special in Warwickshire. A community of practice – with diverse thought, skills and experiences. Working for every child to create a Child Friendly Warwickshire.
We also offer agile working, as well as hybrid working Children and families service - rewards and benefits – Warwickshire County Council.
Find out more about Warwickshire Children & Families Service
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This is the difference you make.
For further details please see the job description and person specification
Warwickshire County Council are 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 appropriate DBS disclosure.
For more information, or to discuss the role available please contact Claire Reynolds Delivery Lead Social Work Operations Managers – Initial Response by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 30 November 2023
Interview Date: 08 December 2023
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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.