Family Support Worker - New Elizabethan School

Cambian Group
14 May 2017
13 Jun 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
Role: Family Support Worker
Salary: Up to £23,000 per annum - DOE
Permanent: Term Time, 40 hours per week
Location: New Elizabethan School, Hartlebury, Worcestershire


Cambian New Elizabethan School is a day school that offers outstanding opportunities for boys and girls with a diagnosis of communication difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, complex needs and challenging behaviour.

Set in large, private grounds amid a campus of historic buildings in rural Hartlebury, Worcestershire, Cambian New Elizabethan School is a relaxing place of learning, where young people receive the specialist education and therapeutic approach they need.

The post of Family Support Worker is a new and exciting post for the school to assist the Senior Leadership Team in the school in supporting the wide range of needs that our students and families face. Ideally the successful candidate will have a background in education and be a qualified Social Worker as we are looking to bolster our links with families and Local Authorities that we serve to ensure that the children entrusted in our care receive the best care and wrap around support that they deserve.

This post is an additional school based staff member whose job it is to support children and their families and reduce barriers to learning. These barriers to learning may be a result of something happening within the school or externally.

The Family Support Worker will work alongside teaching staff and existing pastoral systems to provide an extra layer of support for pupils.

Key Tasks to support families

  • Under guidance from the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team, to engage with vulnerable families in order to formulate a package of support
  • Assist in helping students achieve the objectives of their EHCP / Statement
  • To act as a point of contact in school for families in need of support
  • To signposting for families and refer for support when appropriate
  • Liaise professionally with external agencies such as Children’s Social Care, relevant professionals and support agencies, the Early Help Team; including compiling reports and attending meetings to represent the school as necessary.
  • To complete Common Assessment Forms (e-CAF) with families in order to assist them in seeking the most appropriate support
  • To provide advice and support to the DSL and Deputy DSLs within the school with regard to the interpretation of the threshold of need for Safeguarding referrals for all local authorities that CNES works with.
  • Assisting the Designated Teacher for LAC as required, including supporting with PEP Meetings and LAC/CiC Reviews.
  • Work within the school and Cambian Group procedures and attend meetings as appropriate.
  • To build effective relationships with families and students
  • To provide opportunities for families to engage with the school before their child begins to establish support during transition when possible.
  • To provide opportunities for families to engage with the school by sourcing or/and initiating shared learning opportunities such as, adult education courses and parenting support courses
  • To maintain regular contact with families of children receiving support to encourage positive family involvement in the child’s learning
  • To ensure information is forwarded to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Leads as appropriate
  • To maintain record keeping in accordance with the policies and procedures in place in school, including case studies

Key tasks to support pupils

  • Establish good working relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
  • Provide consistent support to all pupils, responding appropriately to individual pupil needs
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans, Pastoral Support Plans and Risk Assessments
  • Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher
  • Promote self-esteem and independence, employing strategies to recognise and reward achievement within established school procedure
  • Provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance and direction of the teacher
  • Use specialist (curricular/learning) skills/training/experience to support pupils
  • Assist in the administering of routine and emergency medication if required ??
  • Assist in the planning, implementation, assessing, recording and reporting in relation to personal care and independence programmes
  • Assist with the carrying out of therapy and medical programmes that have been designed and monitored by therapy and medical staff ??
  • Provide one-to-one support for pupils in either a care/special needs capacity as and when required
  • Be available to support pupils during the lunch period to help them in resolving conflicts and developing personal, social and emotional skills.
  • Assist staff to implement Restorative Justice approaches to conflict