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Family Worker (Link Role) - Family Solutions Team

  • Employer: Essex County Council
  • Reference: 19305
  • Published: Thu 30/08/2018, 2:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sat 29/09/2018, 2:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Full Time.
  • Salary: £12.00 - £15.00 per hour
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Essex and Suffolk

The Essex Recruitment Team (ERT) is the contracted recruitment partner for Essex County Council (ECC) and has been on site since 2008 - Registering with ERT will give you direct access to all ECC vacancies.

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.

Family Solutions was established across Essex to work holistically with disadvantaged families, with complex needs to enable them to make significant and sustainable positive changes to their lives.

The Family Worker (Link Role) is a key role within the service and will work closely with families to build strong relationships, based on respect and positive regard.

The postholder will be required to provide specialist advice and support with regard to their thematic area (e.g. educational, youth services, mental health, social care, substance abuse,), and co-ordinate provision of support from other services and partner agencies, as required.

The post holder will be expected to have or be able to develop considerable knowledge of their thematic area and act as a source of advice, guidance and support to team colleagues, through (for example) one-one support, leading subject matter development sessions and being the main link within the team to organisations relating to the thematic role they hold.

Family Workers (Link Role) will be expected to be able to share their extensive generic knowledge around working with families with multiple and complex needs with colleagues, support in case discussions and mentor and guide colleagues in the team with less experience.

Family Worker (Link Role) will feel confident to make appropriate decisions about the direction and actions required to move a case forward on a day to day basis and have the ability to recognise when key decision regarding risk/concerns need to be discussed/shared with supervisor or manager.

The postholder will be expected to operate flexibly, working out of normal office hours and at weekends when required, to best meet the needs of the family

Working alongside children, young people and their families to change areas of their lives which may mean they have reduced life chances. Provide both practical and specialist advice as well acting as a lead coordinator for additional support services where appropriate

Working as part of a Family Solutions team undertake holistic assessment of family needs and help identify how outcomes can be achieved, ensuring that assessments and intervention plans fully reflect family and young person's views and aspirations.

Provide specific practical, personal and emotional support to families in their homes or other settings as part of an agreed plan, which will be reviewed jointly with families, leading to achievement of agreed and sustainable family outcomes.

Undertake programmes of work to support children and families to develop their skills to resolve issues and problems themselves, provide them with information and accompany them when needed to help them access other local provision

Lawfully share information and work with colleagues and partners to ensure effective planning and delivery of services to families.

Participate actively in regular supervision to review work and ensure effective interventions for families. As part of this, take part in regular professional development sessions designed to ensure that the principles of effective practice are fully embedded in service delivery.

Follow SET Child Protection procedures, ensuring that swift discussion takes place with Practice Supervisor or Team Manager when child protection or other public protection concerns arise.

Maintain a high standard of practice reflecting a value based approach to working with children and their families.

Ensure all work is recorded accurately, and in a timely fashion using agreed Systems

Follow the Council's Equal Opportunity Policy and Diversity Strategy and observe the standard of conduct which prevents discrimination taking place

Follow the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Council's Health and Safety Policy and all locally agreed safe methods of work

Undertake at the discretion of the Team Manager, such other activities as may from time to time arise which are consistent with the nature of the job described above

Participate in regular appraisals and identify and respond to your own and team development needs

Maintain up to date knowledge of research, departmental policies and procedures, and to have in depth knowledge of legislation and guidance relevant to providing services to children and families

You will be based in one of eight teams across the four quadrants of Essex but will be required to work flexibly and provide support in a neighbouring team or cross quadrant if business needs require this.

Ideally educated to degree level or to NVQ Level 6 in a relevant thematic area (such as Social Work, Teaching, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Youth Work, Counselling, Probation, Health Professions, Education, Parenting, Family Work, Domestic Abuse) or able to evidence equivalent level of knowledge, skills and underpinning theoretical knowledge through extensive experience in the field of work.
Significant practical experience of working with families with multiple and complex needs whilst maintaining an outcomes focus
Evidence of a commitment to on-going professional development and to the principles of evidenced based practice.
Be able to demonstrate a track record of building and sustaining positive professional relationship with individuals and families with multiple and complex needs.
Experience of applying a solution focused approach and providing practical advice and support to families to enable them to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes
Ability to work in partnership with others to maximise outcomes for families in line with the Family Solutions operating principles
Effective communication skills, good problem solving and assessment skills, reliability and good time management skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team and to use supervision appropriately
In the context of your role you are required to be mobile throughout an operational area to ensure that you fulfil, effectively, the duties and requirements of your post as set in the job profile and person specification. Hence, a drivers licence and vehicle are required unless it is possible to travel effectively throughout the area by public transport.
As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*
*Calls to this number are charged in the same way as calls to numbers starting 01 or 02, please check with your service provider

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.

  • Employer: Essex County Council
  • Reference: 19305
  • Published: Thu 30/08/2018, 2:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sat 29/09/2018, 2:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Full Time.
  • Salary: £12.00 - £15.00 per hour
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Essex and Suffolk

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