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Family Support Worker

Scale 6 £15.01 - £15.90 per hour

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Scale 6 £15.01 - £15.90 per hour
Fixed term - up to 12 months (5 hours) & Permanent (25 hours)
Part time - 5 hours & 25 hours per week
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Lough Road Centre, 61-71 Lough Road, London N7 8RH
Scale 6 £15.01 - £15.90 per hour
08/07/2018 23:59

Family Support Worker

Scale 6 £15.01 - £15.90 per hour

Part time – We have two vacant 25-hour posts (permanent) and two 5-hour a week posts (Fixed term - up to 12 months)


Do you want to make a difference?

Do you want to make a real difference to children and young people with complex disabilities? We are looking for highly motivated people to join our excellent Disabled Children’s Family Support Team (DCFST). We are part of Islington’s Disabled Children’s Services based at Lough Road Centre, which has great facilities and is located in the heart of Islington. We are part of Islington Children’s Services, currently rated by OFSTED as ‘good’ overall with ‘outstanding’ features.

You will be working in the Direct Support Service and your role will be supporting some of the most complex, challenging and interesting disabled young people in the borough after school, alternate weekends and during school holidays. You will support the children in the Centre, in the community and in their homes. You will also have the opportunity to contribute your ideas and insights gained through your direct work with the team around the child to ensure the best outcomes.

The DCFST also provides social care oversight and case management for disabled children; working with directly with families and the team around the child to monitor and review support plans, personal budgets and children’s progress towards agreed outcomes.

What we are looking for…..

The Family Support Worker posts will interest people who enjoy direct work with disabled children and families from diverse backgrounds. You will have the ability to understand non-verbal communication, safely manage challenging behaviour and offer the children new experiences that enhance their quality of life.

You will need to be motivated, enthusiastic, resilient, caring, understanding and child-centred. You will be part of a team providing structured support, intensive interaction, positive activities and developmental opportunities which build on children’s strengths whilst safely managing any risks. You will need to have experience of direct work with children; preferably with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and an understanding of autistic spectrum condition. You will either need a relevant vocational qualification at diploma level or be working towards one. Please see the job description for a full job outline.


In exchange for your commitment, hard work, and flexibility you will receive excellent support, including leadership on shift, regular reflective supervisions, team meetings, training and other development opportunities. You will also benefit from competitive rates of pay, annual leave and a local authority pension.

Working Patterns:

The 25 hour posts work eight shifts over a two-week period, which includes every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and alternate weekends. We are closed every Monday / Tuesday and alternate weekends, which would be your six fixed days off a fortnight. The shifts are to cover after school sessions and are across the day at weekends. During school holidays all shifts are usually seven hours long across the day and extra hours may be accrued. You would work five shifts on the week when we are open at the weekend and three shifts on the week when we are closed at the weekend.

Although these posts are up to 25 hours a week all jobs are open to job share. Shorter contracts can be discussed if you are successful, but you would still be required to work on the days and times when the service is open, including alternate weekends.

The 5-hour posts would require you to work one shift a week unless you were on annual leave, but more hours may be available particularly in school holidays or to cover sickness at short notice.

Further enquiries:

If you have read the job description and meet the essential requirements identified in the person specification please apply on line. If you have any questions about the role, please call Kevin Pender (Team Manager), Alex Littlefield (Deputy Team Manager) or Zarina Hendricks (Deputy Team manager) on 0207 527 2095 for an informal discussion about these roles.

Closing date: Sunday 8 July 2018 at 23:59

Interview and test date: Week commencing Monday 16 July 2018


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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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