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Family & Young People Support Senior Worker 925/NSH

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Closed for applications on 14/07/2019 23:59
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Family & Young Persons Support/Engagement
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Closing date:
14 Jul

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This job is closed for applications.

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Summary of Post

We are looking for workers to join our Family and Young People’s Support (FYPS) teams. You will be joining colleagues with a range of professional backgrounds who help families with children aged 5 to 18. Using a solution-focused, whole-family approach, FYPS helps parents and children to make and maintain changes in their lives. Here are some comments from families FYPS have worked with:

• ‘The work we’ve done with you means our daughter is communicating her feelings more easily than before, which is helping enormously.’
• ‘After FYPS worked with our son, he is a lot more confident with school and in himself’
• ‘The parenting course we completed with FYPS helped us massively… I can honestly say it has made us better parents’

As well as all the benefits of working for South Gloucestershire Council, FYPS 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, teachers and health professionals. Here is what some of our FYPS workers say about their job:

• ‘The best thing about the role is when families tell me that things have improved at home and I have supported them to get the support that is needed.’
• ‘Managers always respond quickly when requests to discuss cases/situations arise and give clear advice. In addition, the support that there is within the team means that we can both celebrate colleagues’ successes and offer them support when things are not going so well.’
• ‘The broad age range of children worked with means you get to adapt work and gain experience with different ages; no two days are the same and you can come into work thinking you are doing one thing and… end up doing something completely different.’
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 FYPS involvement ends.

FYPS Team structure

• 1 FTE Service Manager
• 1 FTE Team leader
• 2 FTE Practice Mangers
• 10 FTE Senior Workers
• 12 FTE Engagement Workers
• 1 FTE Primary Mental health Specialist
• 1 FTE Job centre Advisor (Troubled Families)
• 0.3 FTE Accreditation Co coordinator

Senior Worker key responsibilities include:

• Direct work with families and/or young people working to agreed outcomes based on identification of need and using the Team around the Child/Family approach;
• Having a lead area related to a key function of the team as agreed with the Team Manager.
• Attend meetings/Panels (including multi agency panels) on behalf of Practice Managers as agreed;
• Supervise or one or more Engagement Workers including undertaking a Performance and Development Review and the monitoring of performance
• Ensuring safeguarding issues are identified and addressed in both their own cases and those of Engagement Workers;
• Lead on specific team developments as agreed with Practice Manager;
• Act as link person for specific schools, settings and/or agencies as agreed with Practice Manager;
• Undertake the statutory functions including return from missing interviews and NEET/EET work.
• Provide information, advice and guidance to colleagues, service users, and partner organisations;

There are 3 potential positions available:
CAH1287/88: Full Time / LTC until March 2020
SGC0242: Full Time/ LTC March 2020
CAH9224: (Full Time) Maternity Cover August 2019- August 2020.

Interviews scheduled for 22/07/2019.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

Direct work with your own caseload of families and/or young people working to agreed outcomes based an assessment of need. Use evidence based interventions that are known to be effective, working closely with all involved agencies and using the Team around the Child/Family approach

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

Supervise one or more Engagement Workers including supervision of casework, giving guidance, advice and feedback, ensuring that clear organisation and direction is provided and that they 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.

Contribute to team and service developments as agreed;

Contribute to evidence-based parenting programmes

Signpost and/or refer service users to specialist support (such as criminal justice, drugs and alcohol, sexual health and pregnancy or mental health) as part of agreed plans;

Signpost and/or refer service users to specialist support (such as criminal justice, drugs and alcohol, sexual health and pregnancy or mental health) as part of agreed plans

Undertake risk assessments in order to ensure that needs are assessed and appropriate action is taken.

Liaise and work with contacts from different sectors, including health 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.

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.


Professionally qualified, or working towards a relevant professional qualification e.g. degree, NVQ4 or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline related to the provision of services to children, families or young people.

Considerable relevant experience of the use of evidence based practice working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children, families or young people

Experience of writing holistic multi agency assessments and plans with families.

Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice, processes and procedures.

A proven ability to supervise and monitoring performance and take corrective action where appropriate.

Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with colleagues, service users and partner organisations.

A good level of general IT skills and the ability to use appropriate software systems to record and evaluate work.


Knowledge and experience of Signs of Safety

Experience of being part of evidence based parenting groups

Knowledge and experience of troubled families initiative and working whole family

Additional Information

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).

Use of a vehicle

The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme

For an informal discussion please contact Elli Drake, Practice Manager on 01454 866304 or email Elli.Drake@southglos.gov.uk

Closing date; Sunday 14th July (11.59pm)

Interview Date; Monday 22nd July

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.

Safer Recruitment

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

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