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Engagement Worker, Children’s Centres - North x2 posts

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 01/05/2019 23:59
£21,589 to £24,799
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Family & Young Persons Support/Engagement
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Yate Children’s Centre and Filton Children’s Centre
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
1 May

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Engagement Worker, Children’s Centres North

The role will contribute to the delivery of early intervention and preventative services for families with children aged 0-5 in one of the Council’s Children’s Centres and through an outreach programme in other parts of South Gloucestershire. The services the role will provide include: providing information and advice to parents on request or as part of a simple assessment of need; evidence-based programmes to meet identified needs; support to families to enable them to access childcare, adult learning and employment; individually designed programmes for families with specific needs; and opportunities for parents to be become involved in the running of the centre.

1 post based at Yate Children’s Centre and 1 post at Filton Children’s Centre.

Interviews due to take place on Monday 13 May 2019.

Main Duties

Identify needs and arrange service provision ensuring that services are appropriate, accurate, targeted and well-organised and contribute to project planning meetings.

Assess, monitor, evaluate and review cases, plans or programmes, making recommendations for changes or adjustments as necessary.

Take action to refer issues as necessary in accordance with Safeguarding Procedures in order to protect vulnerable people.

Provide advice, support and guidance to service users and their carers ensuring it is in line with Council and national standards.

Facilitate a range of groups to support families with children aged 5 and under.

Provide information to support and improve service provision.

Liaise and work with external contacts e.g. health agencies, emergency services ensuring that communication is effective.

Engage with the community and volunteers in order to gain wider and more inclusive support for clients.

Maintain confidential reports and case notes, record care plans and risk assessments in accordance with professional and Council guidelines.

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 Criteria

Qualified at NVQ 3 or equivalent in early years provision, or working towards an appropriate qualification related to the provision of services to children and young people.

Significant experience of working in a similar service area, with children or families requiring additional support.

Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice; processes and procedures; support mechanisms and specialist equipment.

Good communication and relationship building skills.

The ability to carry out risk assessments.

Good report writing skills.

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.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, please contact Russell Scott, Practice Manager on 01454 863017 or email russell.scott@southglos.gov.uk.


Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check. The contact details are: Sensitive Applications Team, Customer Services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD - Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

About the team
The Children’s Centre service team provides high quality support to families with children aged 0-5, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged families, in order to reduce inequalities in child development and school readiness, parenting aspirations and skills and family health and life chances. The team intervenes as early and as effectively as possible to address those issues that are preventing successful outcomes for young children and, as a result, to reduce the number of children and families that require expensive specialist services. It operates across the whole of South Gloucestershire through six Children’s Centres based in the priority neighbourhoods.

About the wider section/function
The Children’s Centres operate within the Preventative Services section of Integrated Services for Children, Young People and Families. This also incorporates a Family Solutions Service, providing targeted support to families and parents/carers, and a Targeted Youth Support Service. The work of all these services is based on a model of early intervention and prevention that ensures that, where a child is at risk, intervention takes place as early as possible, shifting the emphasis from reacting to problems towards preventing them from happening. They use an evidence-based approach to supporting children and families and they implement integrated solutions to avoid duplication and improve impact. This is underpinned by the principle of “no wrong door”, whereby children and families receive the support they need regardless of their initial point of access.

Salary: £21,589 to £24,799

Hours: 37 hours per week

Closing Date: 1st May 2019

Vacancy Ref: CAH1019/915/SS

Safer Recruitment

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

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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