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DATE ADDED: Wed 12/02/2020

Family Support Worker (Children's) - Wakefield

St Johns, UK


JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime

Family Support Worker (Children's) - Wakefield

Salary: PAYE - £17.50ph - Umbrella - £22.00ph

Job purpose

* To directly contribute to achieving the aims of the Kinship Care Team that:
* Enables children to live with their families.
* Support kinship arrangements based on the needs of the child.
* Recognises that Kinship care is a permanence option for children and young people.
* Takes into account the children's wishes and feelings and seek the views of the family, friends and carers and acts upon these when supporting carers.
* To provide a supporting role within the Kinship Care Team in the assessment and support of carers.

Principal duties and responsibilities

* To work towards the purpose and aims of the Fostering Service and Kinship Care Team.
* To undertake direct work with children/parents/carers/extended family as part of a Child in Need, Child Protection, Children who are Looked After plan or Special Guardianship Support Plan.
* To undertake direct work with children, parents, carers, extended family. Secondary allocated at child protection/LAC or case holding at CIN, deliver innovative interventions to families in crisis, and potential risk of breakdown in accordance to The Signs of safety approach and framework.
* To help facilitate group work programmes and group activities if deemed appropriate.
* To work effectively with partner agencies, to break down barriers to families engaging within support that leads to positive outcomes.
* To contribute to effective interventions that promotes the engagement of children, parents and extended family.
* To work in partnership with families to promote as paramount the safe emotional well-being of both children and parents/carers.

The main tasks of the post are:

* As part of a plan, to undertake direct work with parents/carers and children, involving both individual and, if appropriate, group work activities, promoting as paramount the welfare of children and their families.
* To provide information to colleagues in order to assist in the assessment of need and the decision-making process; including making observations upon the progress made towards achieving goals and making recommendations as to future work.
* When identifying concerns about a child, to report those concerns to a social worker / manager as appropriate.
* To ensure that polices are followed and their responsibilities are fulfilled to take actions to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults.
* To share knowledge, experience and support to student social workers and wider Children and Young People's Services colleagues.
* To support and contribute to evaluation, auditing and quality assurance including gaining the views and experiences of service users of current service delivery and future expectations.
* To ensure that services are delivered in compliance with relevant legislation, local and national policy and guidance.
* To promote anti-oppressive practice at all times.
* To participate in supervision and appraisal of own practice and in training and group learning activity.
* Transport and accompany adults, children / young people as appropriate.
* To ensure that records are kept in accordance with the policies, procedures and standards of the department.
* To maintain and develop communications and co-operation with colleagues, individuals and groups in the community and other statutory and voluntary agencies.
* To attend and contribute in appropriate meetings in line with their duties.
* To contribute to the development of high quality services.
* To maintain personal and professional development and standards through training opportunities (eg Diploma Level 3).
* To have regard for the health, safety and welfare of colleagues and service users, and to ensure that responsibilities under Health and Safety at Work are complied with.
* To comply with the range of Council and departmental policies and procedures eg Equal Opportunities, Customer Care.
* The post-holder will participate fully in the Children's Services 'Dignity at Work' scheme for supervision and appraisal.
* To ensure that departmental policy, procedure and standards in relation to confidentiality, information security and Data Protection are complied with at all times.

We offer:

* 24 hour one on one specialist social work consultant based within your geographical area
* 4Recruitment Services Employee Benefits Programme
* Our own dedicated payroll support ensuring you get the full benefits of your payment

Recruitment is done in line with safe recruitment practices. 4Recruitment Services is an equal opportunities employer.

To discuss this vacancy or other vacancies in your area please contact Max Catherall ##### ######.

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