Hours of work: Claims-only
Working pattern: Flexible, Monday to Friday within core business hours
Closing date: Sunday 17 January 2021
Interview date: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 February 2021
For an informal discussion, please contact Sue Dawes, Practice Manager on 07554 459225
About the role
The Looked-After Children's Community Family Work (Contact) Service offers reunification family support and supervised contact for children looked after in East Sussex.
We are pleased to advertise for Community Family Workers to join our large and busy service. The countywide teams are based in Newhaven, Hailsham and Hastings.
The successful candidates will be warm and motivated individuals with clear professional boundaries and the capacity to work with families to written agreements under Children's Services policy and protocol. Community Family Work is at times challenging and sometimes requires emotional resilience therefore our new colleagues will need to be great communicators, empathic listeners and flexible problem-solvers. CFWs must have excellent time management skills. This is an essential car user position. In return we offer regular, reflective supervision, guidance and support. There is always a strong base to return to, providing humour and support when CFWs have been working independently. Recording is undertaken on the LCS system which requires a good standard of written English and IT skills. We provide the opportunity for training and development following a period of thorough induction.
Supervised contact and family support are arranged within Safeguarding and Care Plans determined by Legal and LAC Independent Reviewing processes.
CFWs encourage positive relationships between children and their birth-families during the period in which assessment is undertaken and decisions are made about a child's future.
We promote play, healthy eating and respectful boundaries in the course of our intervention. The CFWs usually have an interested observer and reporter role however at times the CFW may be asked to pro-actively lead contact, provide suitable opportunities for a child's development and model appropriate parenting styles.
Neutrality and accuracy about what is seen and heard is imperative. A written recording of the contact or family support session is always prepared within tight timescales and is typically used as evidence in Court.
The position is Single Status 6, spinal column points 14 to 16, the salary is £20,495 to £21,322 per annum pro rata.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.