Waterside Parents’ Centre

Family Support Co-ordinator (Social Worker qualified)

Job Description


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.


Job title
Family Support Co-ordinator

Part time, 17.5 hours per week

Contract Type
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


Person Specification



Professionally registered with a degree in Social Work  – CSS/CQSW, DIPSW or equivalent.
Demonstrable experience in children and family work

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


Computer literate
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.


Emotionally resilient


Commitment to equal opportunities and valuing diversity


Ability to work flexibly in order to meet the needs of the service and staff team.


Maintain confidentiality


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







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