Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.
Medway Council has developed an Early Help & Targeted Service which includes the Early Help Team. The Early Help team are committed to improving the outcomes for families, children, young people and the wider community, supporting all those we work with to reach their potential. Our vision is to promote the wellbeing and resilience of families with children from conception to 17, in a timely way by offering high quality and effective services.
We have a number of exciting opportunities for you to join our team and to share our aim to ensure individuals and families receive the:
• Right support,
• At the right time
• In the right place to build resilience and achieve their maximum potential.
We are looking for Early Help Workers to:
• To work with families with multiple and complex needs. The early help worker will hold cases completing varying levels of intervention.
• To provide innovative family centered interventions designed to motivate and engage whole families with multiple needs to reduce crisis, enabling them to gain greater control and stability in their lives and make informed choices about the health wellbeing and safety of children and families as a whole unit.
• Responsible for a caseload of varying degrees of need and risk
• Adhere to Medway safeguarding policies and procedures and link to the Medway early help strategy
• Implement work planned by the Early Help Team Leader.
• Encourage and empower parents to recognise, value and develop their own skills and to raise parents/carers awareness of home learning opportunities
• Keep accurate records of child development and family interventions..
• Attend and take part in meetings as directed by the Early Help Team Leader
• Promote the health and welfare of children this includes taking appropriate action and follow correct procedures in Child Protection and Child in Need situations.
• Act in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Policy and undertake the duties as required by corporate and directorate action plans.
• Work sensitively as part of a multi-agency team and, as required, undertake other duties considered within the scope of the post.
In return we offer you:
• Generous annual leave entitlement
• Generous local government pension scheme package
• Access to wider training and development qualifications
• Flexible working scheme
• Travel plan discounts
• Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
• Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Nicola Lloyd on 01634 338847.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.