Are you a qualified social worker or qualified youth worker looking for a change in role?
We have the opportunity for a qualified Social Worker or qualified Youth Worker to join our Contact, Advice and Assessment Service (CAAS) Early Response Hub as an Edge of Care and Intervention Worker, delivering preventative interventions to young people who may become at risk of a family breakdown if the issue is not resolved successfully.
The Early Response Hub launched in November 2019 in response to the recognition that 60% of new enquiries into CAAS do not result in a statutory intervention. Early help, identification and prevention are the key themes of the Early Response Hub.
The Hub provides support plans to families where there are worries and concerns which do not require a social worker but the family require support to prevent those concerns from escalating.
The Hub is a multi-agency Hub and therefore different agencies are co-located within the Hub, to ensure a holistic response to families.
West Berkshire Council is an Ofsted rated good Local Authority.
About the role of the Edge of Care and Intervention Worker
The role of the Edge of Care and Intervention Worker within the Early Response Hub is to provide support, guidance and identify an appropriate support plan for a family. The Edge of Care and Intervention Worker will work primarily with adolescents and their families, with the aim of preventing family breakdown, at the earliest stage, utilising multi-agency Group Case Supervisions.
The successful candidate will be required to present information within a multi-agency forum about the families they are working with, the recommended support plan and to obtain feedback from other agencies in order to enhance the recommended support plan.
The successful candidate will have experience working with young people and their families and have a good understanding of child development, particularly within the stage of adolescence and how this can impact on young people’s presentation and behaviour.
The Hub are a busy team and so a successful candidate will need to have had experience of working in a fast paced environment.
The successful candidate will have experience of working with children and their families and providing support to the family to achieve positive outcomes. The successful candidate will have experience of producing timely, well-written reports which are clear and concise with clear analysis of the presenting concerns.
A full driving licence is essential because of the rural nature of the district. Our main offices are based in Newbury and the outskirts of Reading.
CAAS is forward thinking and innovative in its practice. We are looking for individuals with drive and enthusiasm who are highly motivated to achieve ‘best outcomes’. If you are looking for a challenging and highly rewarding experience with a service that has a focus on continued learning and professional development we would welcome your application.
West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as flexible working, access to a wide range of relevant training, local government pension scheme, family friendly policies, a range of local discounts and much more. You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days per annum rising to a maximum of 33 days.
If you interested in working with us and want to know more, do not hesitate to contact Steph Coomber (Team Manager for Triage and Early Response) on 01635 503190 for a discussion. Or you can go straight to the links below to see the job description and complete our online application form.
Visit www.westberks.gov.uk/socialwork for more information about our benefits and support package, but also to find out from our social workers and managers why West Berkshire is a great place to live and work.