Waterside Parents’ Centre
Family Support Co-ordinator (Social Worker qualified)
Waterside Parents’ Centre is looking for a qualified Family Support Co-ordinator to provide support to families attending the Centre and to take the lead for safeguarding. If you are professionally registered with a degree in social work and have experience working with pre-school aged children and their families, we would love to hear from you.
Family Support Co-ordinator
Part time, 17.5 hours per week
Two Year Fixed Term contract with the possibility of extension if further funding secured
(pro rata for 17.5 hours per week, £20 per hour. FTE: £36,400)
Main Duties and Responsibilities
· To take the lead for safeguarding.
· To undertake home visits to families referred prior to them coming into the Centre (informing them about the services on offer/ethos/doing an agreement and offering them a place/offering to meet and bring them in for their first session).
· To record information using agreed systems in a timely manner.
· To offer 1:1 support and advice to parents as needed.
· To attend weekly team meetings (held every Wednesday morning). This ensures a high level of communication is shared within the team concerning all families on the register.
· To liaise with other professionals/attend meetings as required.
· To offer support and guidance to the team on all safeguarding and social work issues as they arise regarding families attending the centre
· Maintain a good working knowledge of relevant legislation and local policies and procedures in relation to supporting vulnerable families.
· Opportunity to deliver in-house training for parents
· To report to the Centre Manager
Professionally registered with a degree in Social Work – CSS/CQSW, DIPSW or equivalent.
Demonstrable experience in children and family work
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Good interpersonal skills in order to communicate effectively with children, families and colleagues.
Ability to prioritise and to work effectively on own initiative as well as within a team
Good report-writing skills and the ability to communicate clearly in writing
Ability to undertake high quality agreements/assessments and develop and review plans
Working knowledge of child development and ability to underpin practice with a theoretical base, including
attachment theory and the needs of Children in Need/children in the Child Protection system
Knowledge of factors relating to adults including mental health, domestic violence, substance misuse
Working knowledge of legislation, policies, frameworks and regulations.
Working knowledge of LA procedures relating to Children in Need/Child Protection
Ideally to have a good knowledge of the local area and available resources in Gravesham
Ability to record information accurately/write reports.
Commitment to equal opportunities and valuing diversity
Ability to work flexibly in order to meet the needs of the service and staff team.
Demonstrate a commitment to supervision and reflective practice
Willingness to undertake any relevant training.
Willingness to undertake any other tasks commensurate to the post.
A full driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes
This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service