The starting salary for this role is £27,991 per annum based on a 36 hour working week.
Are you passionate about actively involving children and their families to make key decisions and safe plans to promote the welfare of children?
Do you have experience of multi-agency working and sharing expertise to achieve best outcomes for children and young people?
Can you see yourself facilitating and chairing meetings with families?
Yes? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you.
We are looking for a Family Group Conference Coordinator to join our small, well-established Family Group Conference (FGC) team in Surrey. As a Family Group Conference Coordinator, you will be thorough in all aspects of work and will help us to continue our proven track record and achieve future targets.
Working as part of the Early Help Hub you will deliver a critical front facing service that supports the effective delivery of the right services at the right time for our children, young people and their families. You will work in line with our 'Effective Family Resilience' document to support decision making and the application of thresholds correctly. You will be co-located within the Hub, based in Woking with colleagues from supporting agencies and delivering a partnership approach to services.
The FGC team support children and their families who are struggling with everyday life, children who may be at risk of coming into care, children in care and care leavers; anywhere where a plan involving the wider family and friends’ networks will be of benefit to the safety and wellbeing of the child or young person. Further information about FGC can be found at www.frg.org.uk.
A mother after the FGC said, “I just wanted to thank you for your professional support, it was very beneficial to my family, I’m happy with the outcome and feel very positive about the plan we have in place”.
A social worker said, “Thank you for chairing the FGC and managing the expectations of the family so well, tensions were high and it had the potential to be challenging but you prevented confrontation and they have created a good plan”.
About the Role:
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence that you:
- Are qualified and experienced in working with children and families
- Have a Level 4 qualification either in mediation, education or social care
- Are confident in facilitating and chairing meetings and managing conflict
- Have a clear understanding and experience of Family Group Conferencing, application of legislation and key associated principles
- Are confident in working within a multi-agency environment, delivering and willing to improve upon effective direct work interventions with families
- Have experience and ability to build positive relationships with children and young people quickly by understanding their lived experiences in order to advocate on their behalf
- Have the ability to understand and maintain focus on your own continuous professional development
- Strive to share learning and collaborate with practitioners and multi-agency partners to achieve positive outcomes for children and their families.
Transferrable skills are highly welcome!
The post is currently based in Woking and covers the whole of Surrey so the ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day/week/weekend is essential, as is a full driving licence and access to a car
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The job advert closes at 23:59 on 15/05/2022.
Interviews will take place shortly after.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion please contact Crispin.George@surreycc.gov.uk.
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.