Family Outreach Practitioner
We have transformed our Disabled Children’s Service creating a new post at a higher grade - the Family Outreach Practitioner. Our service has a strong practice model based around motivational interviewing, a positive behaviour approach and trauma informed practice. The development of trusting, positive and professional relationships is at the heart of our practice. You’ll be joining an established, welcoming and professional core team, adding your own distinct skills, knowledge and experience.
'Ofsted recently rated our Islington Disabled Children's Service ‘Outstanding’
‘Ofsted commented that ‘Disabled children and their families receive timely responses that take into account parental support and the child’s needs. Children and their families benefit from a broad range of services delivered by committed social workers and professionals across the partnership. The needs of children in the family who are not disabled are also fully considered. Risks and needs are very well identified and integrated into plans that are informed by regular and purposeful visiting. Assessments and plans identify children’s needs well and clearly show how these needs will be met’.
What we are looking for….
These posts will interest people who enjoy direct work with disabled children and their families from diverse backgrounds. You will have a strong value base that emphasises the potential of disabled children, which can only be realised by working closely with parents and the professional network. You will be reaching out to families in their own homes and enabling children to make positive changes in their lives. You will have clear goals for your time-limited interventions, which might include support around positive approaches to behaviour, enhanced communication, developing parenting skills or working alongside direct payments workers to share your skills and knowledge.
You will need excellent verbal and written communication skills; an understanding of safeguarding in relation to disabled children, an ability to dynamically assess and manage risk. You will be working with parents using the motivational interviewing approach to identify what they want to change about their lives and supporting them to make it a reality. Many of our families have had difficult disadvantaged lives, which is why we use a trauma-informed approach to understand their history and how this impacts on the present. Our way of working with challenging behaviour is based on the positive behaviour model, which has a strong value base emphasising the importance of understanding the unique experiences of each child and the impact of their quality of their life on their behaviour. Working with parents, education and health professional we target our early interventions to focus on the behaviours with the greatest impact.
Islington Council as an employer…
As an employer and service provider, Islington Council is committed to eliminating discrimination and valuing diversity in all of our activities. We also recognise our community leadership role and will use this opportunity to promote our commitment to equality, diversity, community cohesion and fairness. We will monitor and address unequal outcomes for different equality groups and on the basis of socio-economic status to achieve our vision of fairness for all.
‘Dignity for All’ is the Equality and Diversity Policy for Islington Council. The Charter for Fairness and Equality lays out the agreed commitments between the Council and our partners. These policies provide the framework for embedding equality and diversity in all aspects of our work. The Single Equality Scheme will translate our commitments into practice.
The benefits of these posts include…
Specially designed core Disabled Children’s Service training programme, professional development opportunities, regular reflective supervision, good pension scheme and generous holidays, flexible working arrangements and an experienced management team. Please see the job description for a full job outline.
Further enquiries: If you have read the job description and meet the essential requirements identified in the person specification, please apply on line. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Kevin Pender (Team Manager) at email@example.com or Terry Delaney (Outreach Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org leaving a contact number.
Closing date: 17.08.20.
Interviews: 25.08.20. (reserve date 26.08.20.)