Do you have experience of working with families and behaviour that challenges? This is an exciting opportunity to help keep families together, improve outcomes for young people and shape services.
We have an exciting opportunity in our Life Chances team to further extend our services and build on the successes of our established Behaviour Specialist role. This role works across all the teams within Children’s Social Care, working with young people and families who are struggling with behaviour that challenges.
We are a small and friendly local authority. The leaders and managers know that it is essential for social care workers to have a secure physical and psychological base from which to be the best workers they can be. Working collaboratively with families to keep them together, where it is safe to do so, is at the heart of our embedded Family Safeguarding Model and our approach is underpinned by Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Our vision for the bespoke children and adolescent element of family safeguarding:
“We will deliver an enhanced Family Safeguarding Model (FSM) of particular benefit to families at risk of entrenched generational inequalities, looked after children, and families with experience of domestic violence and/or substance misuse aiming to reduce adverse childhood experiences and reduce the potential for mental ill health for vulnerable children. We will reduce the escalation of demand for children’s services by introducing this layer of the FSM service to support children earlier”.
What it’s like working in our team…
- This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary social care team offering specialist support services to families.
- The family safeguarding service is a whole system reform of child protection services. It brings together the professionals working with a family as one team and aims to keep children safely within their families by identifying and meeting need. Using motivational practice, multi-disciplinary teams work on addressing the compounding factors known as the ‘trio of vulnerabilities’: domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and parental mental health. We are looking to extend and enhance our services to offer earlier and more timely support to children and adolescents.
- The post is fully funded for 1 year and will be offered on a fixed term contract, after which further funding may be sought.
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training…
- To work with children and families within children’s social care providing behaviour support advice and guidance to families who are at risk of family breakdown.
- To work alongside children, young people and families as well as other professionals to support them to better understand and respond to behaviours that are challenging in line with positive behaviour support.
- To support with delivering training sessions for both parents and professionals.
The benefits you will experience are…
- Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses
- An opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary team based within children’s social care
- Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme
- A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre (The Lexicon)
- Internal sports and social club opportunities
- Discounted leisure centre and gym membership
- Supermarket discount
- An interest free loan for a rail season ticket
What we’re looking for…
- An enthusiastic, confident, and reliable person who is passionate about work within a multi-disciplinary setting with children and families
- Someone with experience of working with young people who have behaviour that challenges
- Someone with effective communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, who is pro-active in their work
- A flexible person who can work well as part of a team
This post will be offered as a secondment, should the successful candidate is internal.
Interviews will be held on the 14th February 2023.
Want to ask us a question?
For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role, please contact:
Name: Hannah Morris / Diana Reid
Job Title: Team Manager for Permanency Planning / Behaviour Specialist
Phone Number: 01344 351379 / 354038
As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified
Any candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the role by assessing their circumstances against the relevant criteria.
No agencies please.
How to Apply
Applications can be made simply via a CV.
Successful applicants will be required to complete a full application form as part of our safer recruitment.