Family support Practitioner - Suffolk Council

Social Personnel
Ipswich, Suffolk
£9 - £10/hour Salary is negotiable
10 Jun 2017
10 Jul 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Family Support Practitioner - Suffolk Council

Full time contract, 36 hours, need someone to start ASAP!


♣ Work as an integral member of the FSLS, working collaboratively with families, actively supporting their participation in the planning and delivery of services.
♣ Promote a ‘Think Family’ approach in identification, assessment, interventions and review of practice. Developing the ‘Team Around’ model to include:
- taking on a ‘Key Lead Professional’ role where required or working collaboratively with the designated Key Lead Professional
- undertaking appropriate strengths-based assessments of the child, young person and/or family based on the CAF
- calling, chairing or attending multi-agency and ‘Team Around the Family' meetings relating to children and young people, at appropriate points
- ensuring action plans are clear, time-bounded and outcome-focused
- reviewing action plans regularly with the family and professionals
- deliver outcomes and contribute to alternative plans as appropriate.
♣ Work one to one with a child or young person and with groups of children or young people as appropriate, in a range of settings including home and early years’, education or youth provision. This may necessitate working out of office hours on occasions and where appropriate.
♣ To identify assess and deliver evidenced based parenting interventions, to assist strong and effective parenting which focuses on the outcome of their children.
♣ Monitor and provide timely intervention to support and increase, where needed, the attendance at school of children and young people of statutory school age in line with Family Support Localities Service Attendance Guidance and relevant legislation.
♣ Using recognised risk factors to identify children young people and their families where targeted support may be required and to engage with these families assertively
♣ Ensure that the voices and views of children and young people are sought, heard and represented appropriately; and evidenced throughout the work.
♣ Liaise effectively and work with universal and statutory services where appropriate.
♣ Assess and monitor risk for children and young people, and take responsibility for informing the appropriate statutory safeguarding agencies where necessary.
♣ Understand the financial context for the service ensuring that resources are used appropriately and that all transactions are carried out in accordance with the council’s policies; to ensure that budgets are effectively monitored to ensure cost effective service delivery is maintained at all times.
♣ Participate in supervision on a regular basis, to ensure appropriate management oversight and governance and to escalate issues of concern for management review and decision making as required
♣ Maintain accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information/case records; provide written or verbal summative and formative reports as required; and share information appropriately according to the policies of the Family Support Localities Service, the Local Authority and relevant legislation and protocols.
♣ Attend relevant CPD/training and keep up to date with current developments in policies and legislation relevant to working with children/young people and families and to any area of specialism or specific knowledge; to keep current with recognised evidenced based methods and interventions.
♣ Contribute to both service and team development through, for example, attending team meetings, providing training, liaising with colleagues, working with partners and stakeholders, and promoting the service to relevant groups.
♣ Provide cover arrangements for colleagues and to undertake any other reasonable duties, as required by the Team Leader and Head of Service