Child/Family Support Worker

Social Personnel
Horsham, West Sussex
£8 - £10/hour
10 Jun 2017
10 Jul 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
The job requires lengthy periods of concentrated mental attention in order to undertake assessments, provide interventions, monitor and review plans in accordance with statutory requirements and departmental procedures.  The work will involve exposure to people/situations which regularly place emotional demands on the job holder due to the mental or physical conditions of the children and young people. Due to the nature of this role the work can sometimes include contact with parents and/or children who may be abusive, aggressive or distressed.  There may be some requirement to work flexibly out of office hours to assist customers, carers and families.

I am currently recruiting for a child/family support worker to work as part of a flexible staff group, for West Sussex Council.
You will need to support registered Social Workers in assessing, planning and delivering interventions to children and families including supporting step down processes and transfer to Early Help services.

The role involves:

• Effective communication
• Undertake assessment work and interventions
• Manage a caseload under regular supervision
• Undertake direct work with families in a variety of ways which could include; individual, group, adult and child support work, family work
• Work in partnership with families
• Contribute to the assessment and planning processes for Children in Need.
• Where appropriate, attend court and give evidence
• Establish effective working relationships with colleagues to provide an integrated service
• Maintain accurate records of all work undertaken and produce case reports and correspondence for a variety of audiences
• Contribute to Safeguarding Investigations and child/adult protection planning where appropriate. 

The Ideal candidate:

• Will be able to drive or get to areas inaccessible without public transport.
• Have an understanding of child protection and safeguarding procedures, practice and policy Desirable. 
• Knowledge and understanding of the development of children and young people, and age appropriate behaviour.
• An understanding of a range of interventions that can be used with children and young people and families to achieve change.
• Sound and accurate IT knowledge

• GCSE English and Maths or equivalent qualification/experience
• QCF Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (or equivalent) or equivalent experience
• Valid and full driving licence.
• Experience of using a range of direct work interventions
• Experience of working with children/young people and their families in crisis or complex situations. Desirable.
• Experience of using assessment planning and reviewing processes.
• A valid DBS

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