Family Support Worker - The Federation of Abbey Infant and Junior School

Barclay Road, Smethwick B67 5LT
Band E SCP 26-31 (£23,866-£28,221) pro rata
14 May 2018
06 Jun 2018
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Contract Type
Part time permanent
Working Pattern
Term time

Full Time and Permanent / Term Time Plus 5 Inset days - required for September 2018

The Federation of Abbey Infant & Junior School is a three form entry school with highly committed staff, pupils and parents.  Our aim is for all children to be able to be independent, critical thinkers who enjoy their learning and are able to succeed.  We feel we can do this by providing a creative, inspiring, challenging and exciting curriculum that meets the needs of all learners.

We have a vacancy for a Family Support Worker. We are really proud of our Pastoral Support Team which is at the heart of what we do at The Federation of Abbey Infant and Junior School.  In this role you will be part of a dedicated and passionate team who really do make a difference to children and families lives every single day.

This essential role encompasses: safeguarding, attendance, early intervention, behaviour support, outreach, family support, working with key agencies, leading and supporting Early Help; Child in Need and Child Protection (under DSL supervision).  You will work alongside the Pastoral Team on a day to day basis and in this role you will work seamlessly with the DSL, Executive Deputy Head and Executive Head Teacher in responding to need.

We really do want the right person, someone who will fit into The Federation of Abbey Infant and Junior School.  You need to be passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and addressing the many barriers that our families face.  You will need to be highly professional, confidential, proactive, calm, diligent and empathetic.  You will need to prioritise effectively due to ever changing needs as each day unfolds.  You need to be emotionally intelligent, able to work in a team and uphold a professional culture in which the whole team thrives.  The role can be very challenging therefore you will support your colleagues and / or be the advocate with the DSL, Executive Deputy Head Teacher and the Executive Head Teacher, regarding supervision needs around complex cases.

You must have current experience of working in a primary school or in a similar setting such as social care and therefore have a good understanding of the agencies available and how to refer and log appropriately.  You will have experience of how to professionally and safely conduct home visits to support families for a range of reasons.  You will be knowledgeable about supportive interventions linked to bereavement, bullying, anger management, nurture, social and emotional and mental health including self-esteem. You will have experience of working in a team and compelling attributes that will make the team a success.

It would be desirable to either have or be prepared to undertake lead professional, ECAF, SIMS and the schools safeguarding tracker; additionally Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training and a valid First Aid certificate are highly desirable.  You must have up to date Child Protection Level 1 training.  Ideally you be aware of how to support children and families experiencing: domestic violence, CSE and other key safeguarding and prevention concerns.  Our safeguarding systems are exemplary so you need an attention to detail and be able to triangulate and address minor concerns before they escalate.  


You will additionally provide support to teachers around behaviour strategies for key pupils, and support the smooth integration of new joiners to the school.  You will work in partnership with The Attendance and Prosecution Service, outside agencies, Police and Social Services to monitor and analyse daily attendance of all children including our most vulnerable children.

As part of our short listing you need to have visited our school and met with the Executive Head Teacher, Executive Deputy Head Teacher or DSL, – so please do contact the school office to arrange a visit.  Application packs are available to download from the Local Authority website, as well as  All completed applications must be returned either by post or delivered directly to either of the school office.  Interested applicants can contact the school on 0121 429 2700 to arrange an appointment.

Closing date:                        Monday 4th June 2018 at 12.00pm             

Short listing date:               Tuesday 5th June 2018                

Interviews:                           W/C 11th June 2018

Applications returnable to:

Ms. S M Collins

School Business Director

Executive Head Teacher’s PA

Abbey Junior School

Barclay Road


West Midlands

B67 5LT


Sandwell Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

An enhanced DBS clearance is required for this role.


32.5 per week 8.30am-4.35pm


Band E SCP 26-31 (£23,866-£28,221) pro rata


The Federation of Abbey Infant and Junior School, Barclay Road, Smethwick B67 5LT

Closing Date:

Monday, 4th June 2018 at 12 noon.

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