Salary: £26,446 - £29,174
Work Pattern: Full Time, Permanent (37 hours)
Location: Worthing with hybrid working
Interview Date: Wednesday 19th October - Worthing
Closing Date: 09/10/2022
As a Pause Practitioner, you will provide intensive support to women taking part in Pause West Sussex to ensure the implementation and delivery of an integrated package of health, therapeutic and social support. This is specifically designed to address the complex needs of women to enable change in their lives, and ultimately reduce the numbers of children being removed into care. There is extensive training on the approach and support from working together with other pioneering practices, to enable sharing of practice across the UK.
You will be part of a small team of practitioners, that will coordinate and develop effective partnerships and influence other agencies and stakeholders that support women. The Pause model is based on a relational way of working, so a commitment to this approach as well as an ability to 'model the model' for other professionals is needed. You will need to understand the circumstances that result in children being removed from their families of origin, and be passionate about making a difference in their lives.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to effectively engage and empower vulnerable people to undertake direct work and use a range of interventions to achieve change
- Ability to work effectively with vulnerable people in crisis and manage conflict, containing own and others' anxieties and working within the boundaries of the role
- Ability to work in partnership with carers, colleagues, and a variety of external agencies in order to deliver the most effective service, including the ability to facilitate and coordinate multi-agency meetings and plans
- Ability to work professionally, to reflect on own practice and learn from experience
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal format, including the ability to explain complicated and contentious information to a wide range of people and negotiate and persuade others to adopt a particular course of action
- Ability to recognise the limits of own accountability and responsibility, and to seek appropriate support, advice and supervision
- Substantial demonstrable experience, in a paid or unpaid capacity, of supporting complex and vulnerable people to overcome the trauma and challenges of their lives
- Experience of working in partnership and networking with external bodies or agencies to achieve inter-agency working
- Experience of working in partnership with those who access or need the service and maintaining a focus on the needs of the individual whilst handling conflict and disagreement
- Evidence of working with those who access or need the service to identify issues and identify specific action by means of creative and pragmatic solutions
- Knowledge and experience to understand the needs of the women who use the service, and analyse this information, drawing appropriate conclusions
- Evidence of effectively prioritising work and meeting deadlines
- Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload
- Sound and accurate IT knowledge and keyboard skills
Rewards and Benefits
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE04023
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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.
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