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

Hours
Part time, 17.5 hours per week

Contract Type
Two Year Fixed Term contract with the possibility of extension if further funding secured

Salary
£18,200

(pro rata for 17.5 hours per week, £20 per hour. FTE: £36,400)
Location
Gravesend

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

 

MINIMUM
QUALIFICATIONS

Professionally registered with a degree in Social Work  – CSS/CQSW, DIPSW or equivalent.
EXPERIENCE
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

 

Computer literate
KNOWLEDGE
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
PERSONAL QUALITIES

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.
ADDITIONAL
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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