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Senior Children’s Centre Workers x 2 (Filton and Cadbury Heath)

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
10/09/2019
Advert End Date:
23/09/2019 23:59
Salary:
£28,785-£31,371
Job Category:
Family & Young Persons Support/Engagement
Vacancy ID:
105638
Employment Location:
Filton and Cadbury Heath Children’s Centres
Post Number:
CAH1007/936/FC

Job details 

Closing date:
23 Sep


Further information

Senior Children’s Centre Workers x 2 (Filton and Cadbury Heath)

We are looking for workers to join our Children’s Centre teams. You will be joining colleagues with a range of professional backgrounds who help families with children up to age 5. Using a solution-focused, whole-family approach, Children’s Centres helps parents to make and maintain changes in their lives so that their children can thrive. Here are some comments from families Children’s Centres have worked with:

• “The Children’s Centre has been a valuable resource. It has really helped me feel confident as a mother, I am so much happier and no longer feel isolated.”
• “The team have been a great help and support to me and my kids. I am stronger in myself and feel a better Mum due to their help.”
As well as all the benefits of working for South Gloucestershire Council, Children’s Centre workers develop and apply a broad range of skills and experience in a number of areas, for example: group-work (including evidence-based parenting programmes); assessment, planning and case management; supervision and leadership (for Senior Workers); working in partnerships with a variety of colleagues including Social Workers, Early Years Workers, Health Visitors and Midwives. Here is what some of our Children’s Centre workers say about their job:
• ‘No day is the same and I get a real sense of achievement helping families in big or small ways to be the best they can’
• ‘Sharing a family’s story, giving them support and encouragement through the tough times and celebrating with them through the good times, knowing that I supported them to achieve their full potential is one of the most rewarding things in the world.’
• ‘It’s about being available for families when they need some advice or support with their individual journey, to make a positive and sustainable change.’

We seek applicants who are skilled at engaging families quickly, creating purposeful, professional relationships and agreeing realistic aims and objectives. Building on their existing strengths to get through difficult experiences, our support helps families to continue to use what they have learned once the Children’s Centre involvement ends.


Main Duties
Carry out assessment of needs, providing advice and guidance to service users and their carers, in order to establish care plans where appropriate, ensuring that services are effective and meet legislation, regulations and codes of practice.

Review and monitor care plans and the quality of service provision, responding to changing needs and renegotiating service provision where appropriate.

Manage own caseloads or specific projects to ensure specialist inputs are obtained and effective outcomes achieved.

Responsible for the supervision of up to 3 fte Children’s Centre Engagement Workers, including PDPR, one to ones, performance management.
Day to day supervision of 1 fte Advice and Administrative Assistant

Supervise a small team on a day to day basis including allocations of casework, giving guidance, advice and feedback, ensuring that clear organisation and direction is provided and that all team members receive training support and development opportunities.

Support the delivery of designated areas of work by coordinating day to day operations and contributing to developing projects and processes.

Carry out risk assessments where appropriate, in order to ensure that needs are assessed and appropriate action is taken.

Liaise and work with contacts from different sectors, including health, social care and the voluntary sector, sometimes as part of a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring that communication is effective and that knowledge and best practice are shared.

Complete and present records and reports in accordance with professional and council guidelines.

Take necessary action in accordance with Safeguarding procedures in order to protect vulnerable people.

Make recommendations for significant budget spend ensuring that maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed and contribute to budget management or directly manage a small designated budget. This will ensure that the maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed.

Represent the Council’s interests ensuring that the Council’s position is advocated.


Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.

Essential
1. Professionally qualified, at NVQ4 or equivalent, or working towards a relevant professional qualification related to the provision of services to children and young people.
2. Significant working knowledge of early child development.
3. Relevant experience of working with vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
4. Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice, processes and procedures
5. A proven ability to supervise and allocate work to others, monitoring their performance and taking corrective action
6. Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with colleagues, service users and partner organisations
7. A good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate software packages, e.g. Microsoft office suite.


Desirable
1. Working knowledge of the Government’s ‘Troubled Families Initiative’.
2. Experience of working with families who have experienced domestic abuse, mental health issues and substance misuse.
3. Experience and knowledge of whole family work.

Additional Information

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Children’s Centre Practice Manager: Russell Scott, 01454 863017 russell.scott@southglos.gov.uk


Salary: £28,785-£31,371
Employment Location: Filton and Cadbury Heath Children’s Centres.
Hours: 37 hours – Permanent
Closing Date: 22nd September 2019
Interview Date: 2nd October 2019
Vacancy Ref: 105638


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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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