• Vacancy Reference Number
    299
  • End Date:
    21 Apr 2024 at 23:39
  • All Departments
    Children and Young People
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    £40,005 - £41,286
  • Hours Per Week
    35
  • Working Pattern
    Full time

About The Role

Job overview

If you believe in the importance and value of early help, practical family support and relationship-based, trauma-informed practice, then this is an exciting opportunity for you.

Main duties of the job

The Family Support Practitioner provides timely and flexible early help and family support to children, young people and parents/carers. They work in partnership with families and engage informal and formal support networks in their communities to ensure lasting positive outcomes. They encourage resilience to enable families to build strong relationships and strategies to deal confidently with the ups and downs of parenting and
family life.

Day to day, you will provide direct family support through a range of means including face to face in the family home, in community venues and online. You will be responsible for a caseload of families with a range of needs from the practical to the complex. You’ll collaborate with families and partners to agree on where they need help, completing family friendly assessments and plans that look holistically at family needs and aims.

Your support will strengthen family resilience, reduce family stressors and improve family outcomes.

Working for your organisation

Bright Start 0- 5 offers help to families with children aged 0- 5 years old. Early intervention and prevention is at the heart of our work. This role is part of a locality team which delivers flexible help to any family needing advice or support. The teams offer longer term support when needed to assist families with multiple complex needs to cope with stress and build resilience. The aim is to enable children and families to reach their full potential and to support our local communities.

Be a part of a service that Ofsted rated outstanding in 2020 and where we are always looking for creative ways to further improve our services to children and families. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates to ensure we have a diverse workforce which is representative of the local community.

Closing date: Sunday 21st April 2024 at 23:59

Interviews: To be confirmed

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1. Provide a flexible, graduated approach which responds to the identified needs of families. This will range from offering hands on practical help to intensive support to families in their homes at a variety of times including early morning, evenings or at weekends.

2. Undertake the role of Lead Professional, co-ordinating the professional network through a Team around the Family and one whole family plan which is reviewed and adjusted regularly in order to meet the family’s continuing needs.

3. Complete collaborative Early Help Assessments and SMART family friendly action plans to address family needs and improve family functioning.

4. Establish effective professional relationships with key partners such as health, employment services, targeted and specialist services, schools, housing and early years’ settings.

5. Work in partnership with parents/carers to increase parental confidence and capacity, supporting healthy attachment and encouraging containing and nurturing relationships that promote child development.

6. Contribute to the implementation, delivery and evaluation of evidence based early intervention practice models including parenting programmes in partnership with other professionals.

7. Maintain accurate, up-to-date and succinct records that demonstrates work completed and progress towards outcomes.

8. Help families to develop their resilience by maintaining an up to date knowledge of national and local resources available to families in their locality, including through the voluntary and community sector, faith based organisations, universal services such as play and youth and training and employment services.

9. Deliver interventions that improve children’s outcomes such as encouraging the take up of early education provision for 2, 3 and 4 year olds; ensuring school attendance is a priority for children and young people; improving the management of health issues; reducing anti-social behaviour and offending; addressing the impact of domestic violence and abuse and providing support and guidance for families to enable them to progress to work or gain successful employment.

10. To work in accordance with local and national child protection and safeguarding procedures and adhere to London Borough of Islington policies and procedures.

11. Ensure that interventions are trauma informed and rooted in motivational practice, including participation in group and individual supervision, reflecting on practice, contributing to quality assurance and self-evaluation.

For further information or for an informal conversation about the post, please contact:

Shah Ahmed (Acting Family Support Coordinator)

[email protected]

07703381552

Working for the team, service and our organisation

Islington is a place rich with diversity and culture. As a council our sense of purpose couldn’t be clearer: we serve. It’s in the logo. We are committed to challenging inequality in the borough and as one of the largest employers we know that to look after the place and the planet, we have to look after our people. Together we can change the future.

We are determined to create a more equal Islington, where everyone who lives here has an equal chance to thrive. 

To do this, everyone who works at Islington Council lives by a set of values which guide us in everything that we do: collaborative, ambitious, resourceful, and empowering. They spell out ‘CARE’, which is what we think public service is all about. 

Watch our video to hear more about our mission and how you can help us achieve it from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz.

Recruitment information
 
It is the policy of Islington Council that no user of service, present or future employee or job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of their sex, perceived or actual sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion or belief, age, creed, colour, nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, or disability, or on the grounds of their association with someone in one of these groups; nor is disadvantaged by any conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justified. We welcome applications from Black and Minority Ethnic candidates and acknowledge our responsibility to mitigate against racial discrimination. 
 
Islington Council operates a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria and we are committed to providing support to applicants who request reasonable adjustments to be made during the recruitment process and throughout their career with us.
 
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, and volunteers to share this commitment. Some posts are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
 
The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check with children/adult barred list, qualifications check and 5 years referencing. 
 
Please note: Priority will be given to those at risk of redundancy within Islington Council. Current employees who are part of the redeployment pool must meet the essential criteria for shortlisting to be prioritised.

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