Child and Family Support Worker - Mid Essex (Chelmsford)
Fixed Term, Full Time
£21,531 to £28,008 per annum
Working Style: Community-based worker
Closing Date: 3rd July 2022
Please note that this position is being offered on a Fixed Term Contract/Secondment basis for a period of 7 months.
Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!
We are Serious about Social Work, and it is because of this we are investing in our workforce and have created COVID equalisations teams to take action now to relieve the pressure on our frontline teams. These teams will provide additional capacity and support within the Children’s Social Care system, increasing our ability to undertake relationship-based work and achieve sustainable system change, leading to better outcomes for our children and families.
The Team – Family Support & Protection
Working together we can deliver a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions to families that have long–term complex issues. We’re talking about where there’s a need for more than three months’ intervention, and where children are subject to child protection or child-in-needs plans, or where children can no longer live at home and care proceedings need to be initiated.
As a Support Worker you will work within frontline teams in conjunction with alternatively qualified staff and social workers to deliver bespoke, targeted intervention work, in accordance with the care plans, to vulnerable children and families. This also encompasses contact. This work will normally be time limited, with measurable impact and meet the assessed needs.
Educated to Level 3 or with activity based alternative experience, in a social care setting, you will be passionate about engaging with and providing direct support in the community, building strong working relationships with partners to jointly deliver improved services.
Knowledge skills and Experience
- NVQ/BTEC Level 3 or equivalent.
- Experience of building strong, effective relationships with children, young people and families in times of challenge and crisis.
- Experience of undertaking direct, activity-based work with children, young people and families.
- Knowledge and understanding of the issues impacting children, young people and families, and that led to them requiring support.
- Knowledge of Children Act 1989 and 2004 and other legislative and policy guidance applicable within Children’s Social Care.
- Desirable - First Aid Certificate/ Ability to Sign Language.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
To read more about us please visit: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/children-families
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Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward
What you should do next
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.
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