Child & Family Support Worker - Family Time and Support Service - Working for Essex
Salary: £21,057 to £27,391 per annum
Closing date: 02 Dec 2021
Location: Harlow
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 3530
Role: Social Care
About the role

Child & Family Support Worker - Family Time and Support Service

Secondment, Full Time

£21,057 to £27,391 per annum

Location: Harlow

Closing Date: 2nd December 2021

 Please note this is a 12 month secondment or Fixed Term opportunity

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

The role

 The primary role for a child and family support worker based within the contact service is to supervise, support and facilitate contact primarily between children who are looked after by the local authority and their birth families. This may incorporate aspects of targeted intervention work which supports the overall assessment and case planning for the family. On occasions the post holder’s role may also include work within frontline teams to support the delivery of effective children’s Social Work. Child and family support workers will work in conjunction with qualified social workers to deliver bespoke pieces of targeted intervention work with the child/young person and family. This work will normally be time limited, with measurable impact and always be in accordance with the care plan, as agreed by the case holding social worker.

The post holder will undertake a range of activity directly with children, young people and families providing practical, personal and emotional support that meets the assessed needs and promotes improved health, physical, mental and social development and well-being.

 The role will work across any frontline service, including assessment and intervention; family support and protection (including supervised contact); children in care; and children and young people with disabilities. The work can be complex, demanding and emotionally challenging and the post holder is required to work with dedication and resilience.

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 wide 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 ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/ Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people, as diversity is key to our success. If you’d like to find out more about our latest opportunities, blogs, news, events and industry related news click here to join our talent pool. If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk.