Senior Early Help Practitioner

southwark, London

Job Summary

  • Job Reference: AM22012021_1611326834
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Date Posted: 2021-01-22
  • Location: southwark, London
  • Job Status: FullTime
  • Closing Date: 2021-03-23
  • Tradewind Social Care Recruitment

Southwark Council Agency Job Role for

Family Intervention Project Key Workers (New)

Note for Southwark managers / HR - this is pitched at Southwark grade 9 level.

The assignment will contribute to the delivery of an effective family intervention service, delivering effective and bespoke services to families where children and young people are involved in, or at risk of involvement in, crime or serious anti-social behaviour, at risk of being received into care, are already subject to, or at risk of being subject to, a child protection plan. Interventions strive to ensure children and young people reach their potential and positive parental responsibility is reinforced.

Allocated tasks may include the following.

  1. A responsive, flexible outreach service to children, young people and their families living in the borough of Southwark.

  1. To be a lead worker for either adults or children for a number of cases involving children/young people in need or at risk/involved in offending/anti-social behaviours and their families and develop and deliver effective programmes to support resilience within families.

  1. Work with the family within Team around the Family (TAF) to contribute to planning and providing a range of services to children/young people and their families.

  1. Conducting assessments for the provision of services for parenting interventions for parents/carers of those young people involved or at risk of involvement in crime. This will include the provision of written reports to the Court and giving oral evidence as appropriate to the circumstances.

  1. Assist in the development of assessment criteria for use by the Youth Offending Service Officers when assessing parents/carers suitability for Parenting Orders and to undertake assessments.

  1. Act as a responsible officer for parents subject to a Parenting Order as directed within local family proceedings court, youth court and the magistrates' court and in line with National Standards, monitoring compliance with requirements and taking enforcement action where appropriate.

  1. To maintain a high level of communication with service users (minimum once a week) to ensure an up to date assessment, care plan and reviewing process is in place for all cases.

  1. To problem solve issues with parents/carers to support and identify creative solutions to their complex needs and provide in-depth advice e.g. drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, victims of crime, debt management, mental health, housing issues, employment, training, and provide practical parenting coaching.

  1. To undertake any/other flexible individual or family work using a variety of creative short/medium term interventions appropriate to the needs of service user.

  1. Maintain a high standard within case recording systems (electronic and paper), write reports and undertake other administrative duties as required.

Candidate Profile

  1. Experience of working with children and young people in a statutory youth work or voluntary setting. Including -

    • working in a multi-agency environment
    • assessment and planning for children and young people.
    • using a range of effective evidence based parenting programmes which ensure the prevention of anti-social/offending behaviour by children and young people and build resilience and improved family outcomes.
    • applying child protection policy, procedures and practice to an advanced level

  1. Knowledge of the problems and issues faced by parents/carers, and children, and young people and their families living in an inner city, and in a diverse community.

  1. Knowledge of child development and the physical, social and psychological needs of children and young people and family dynamics

  1. Knowledge of the causes and consequences of social exclusion and the risk factors associated with offending behaviour.

  1. Knowledge of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Children's Act, 1989, the Children Act, 2004, and other relevant legislation and social policy.

  1. To be confident and able in using new technology

  1. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; with people from many different backgrounds and abilities

  1. Ability to problem solve with families

  1. Ability to influence and negotiate

  1. Ability to manage time and identify priorities effectively

  1. Ability to contribute to an integrated team approach

  1. Energy and resilience to engage and work with complex families

  1. Ability to recognise the limits of own accountability and responsibility, and to seek appropriate support, advice and supervision
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Senior Early Help Practitioner

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