Job Description

Taking whole case responsibility to provide high quality, outreach and home based Early Help support to children and families using a ‘whole family’ approach (level 2 and 3) Delivering targeted support to children across age ranges (0 -25*) and their families in order to prevent the need for statutory services and to ensure families access Universal services *Between ages 19-25 relates only to Adults where the SEND Code of Practice is applicable

MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: 1. Act as case holders for complex cases that step down from children’s social care (level 3/2). This will involve completing early help assessments, arranging Team Around the Family meetings and supporting families to improve outcomes for their children by taking on the role of the Lead Professional and associated tasks. 2. Offer support on cases that become more complex and reach level 4. Support is continued on these cases to allow a smooth transition between early help and social care. 3. Provide intensive and targeted support to vulnerable children and young people. This includes bespoke packages and programmes. This also includes supporting adolescents with complex emotional and mental health problems. 4. Assess risk and need through early help assessments on cases that step down from Careline. Where appropriate adopt the role of Lead Professional to use common processes for children and families who require more support than universal services including the Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT), Team Around the Family (TAF) and Lead Professional (LP) role. 5. Formulate Team Around the Family plans that reduce risk and need. Take the lead for the coordination of professionals and services to implement the plan and take the lead for reviewing the plan at the required timescales. 6. Use de-escalation methods to reduce challenging behaviour from adults and children and young people in families. 7. OFSW’s will align their work to the Signs of Safety (SOS) model – which is underpinned by solution focused methods promoting a whole family approach and use the Family Outcomes Star (or similar) to gauge and demonstrate progress towards positive outcomes. 8. Support families/carers in developing practical parenting strategies which enhance positive parent/carer-child relations. This can include facilitated meetings between family members. 9. Keep effective records on the electronic systems, which includes the recording of plans, assessments, chronologies and associated general notes. 10. Attend regular supervision sessions with the Consultant Social Worker and provide evidence that work is progressing and that plans are improving outcomes for children and young people. 11.Visit children, young people and families in their home environment to provide targeted support to improve outcomes. 12.Meet the requirements set out in the Early Help Hub Practice Standards. 13.Support the delivery of supervised contact to cases that are open to Early Help. 14.Develop the City Council’s commitment to equal opportunities and promote anti discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken. 15.Promote the safeguarding of children and young people in accordance with statutory guidance and legislation. 16.The post holder may also be required to carry out, as necessary, any other duty deemed to be commensurate with the council’s framework for the care and protection of children. 17.The post holder may also be required to carry out, as necessary, any other duty deemed to be commensurate with the grade and status of the post and the skills and experience of the post holder. 18.Make use of Information Technology as required by the City Council. 19.Attend staff meetings, reviews, planning meetings and conferences and contribute towards plans and objectives for children and young people.

What’s on offer for the Support Worker?

  • Excellent competitive pay rate
  • Excellent management structure with experienced leaders
  • Desirable location with excellent transport links
  • A stable and well-supported working environment

You must have:

  • Post qualified experience.
  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 2 years of employment

Benefits of working with

  • Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
  • Competitive Rates of pay
  • In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
  • Enhanced DBS completed.
  • Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
  • An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
  • Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
  • Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
  • Recommend a friend bonus scheme
  • “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *

If you would like to find out more information about this role, or the other opportunities have available feel free to click the 'Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**