Family Worker (Link Role) Social Worker - Family Solutions - Rayleigh

Essex County Council
27500.00 - 35000.00 GBP Annual
04 Oct 2017
18 Oct 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Family Worker (Link Role) Social Worker

GBP27,500 to GBP35,000 per annum

Rayleigh - also to cover Rochford and Castle Point


Full time, 37 hours per week

Children and Families was established across Essex to work holistically with disadvantaged families, with complex needs to enable them to make significant and sustainable positive changes to their lives. The Family Worker (Link Role) Social Worker is a key role within the service and will work closely with families to build strong relationships, based on respect and positive regard.

The postholder will be required to provide specialist advice and support with regard to their link role area, and co-ordinate provision of support from other services and partner agencies, as required. The post holder will be expected to have or be able to develop considerable knowledge of their link role area and act as a source of advice, guidance and support to team colleagues, through (for example) one-one support, leading subject matter development sessions and being the main link within the team to organisations relating to the thematic role they hold.

Family Worker (Link Role) Social Workers will be expected to be able to share their extensive generic knowledge around working with families with multiple and complex needs with colleagues, support in case discussions and mentor and guide colleagues in the team with less experience. This will include sharing theoretical perspectives and underpinning social work policy and practice with colleagues / in teams.

Family Worker (Link Role) Social Worker will feel confident to make appropriate decisions about the direction and actions required to move a case forward on a day to day basis and have the ability to recognise when key decision regarding risk/concerns need to be discussed/shared with supervisor or manager.

The postholder will be expected to operate flexibly, working out of normal office hours and at weekends when required, to best meet the needs of the family.

Principle accountabilities

  • Working alongside children, young people and their families to change areas of their lives which may mean they have reduced life chances. Provide both practical and specialist advice as well acting as a lead coordinator for additional support services where appropriate
  • Working as part of a Family Solutions team undertake holistic assessment of family needs and help identify how outcomes can be achieved, ensuring that assessments and intervention plans fully reflect family and young person's views and aspirations.
  • Provide specific practical, personal and emotional support to families in their homes or other settings as part of an agreed plan, which will be reviewed jointly with families, leading to achievement of agreed and sustainable family outcomes.
  • Undertake programmes of work to support children and families to develop their skills to resolve issues and problems themselves, provide them with information and accompany them when needed to help them access other local provision
  • Lawfully share information and work with colleagues and partners to ensure effective planning and delivery of services to families.
  • Participate actively in regular supervision to review work and ensure effective interventions for families. As part of this, take part in regular professional development sessions designed to ensure that the principles of effective practice are fully embedded in service delivery.
  • Follow SET Child Protection procedures, ensuring that swift discussion takes place with Practice Supervisor or Team Manager when child protection or other public protection concerns arise.
  • Maintain a high standard of practice reflecting a value based approach to working with children and their families.
  • Ensure all work is recorded accurately, and in a timely fashion using agreed Systems
  • Follow the Council's Equal Opportunity Policy and Diversity Strategy and observe the standard of conduct which prevents discrimination taking place
  • Follow the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Council's Health and Safety Policy and all locally agreed safe methods of work
  • Undertake at the discretion of the Team Manager, such other activities as may from time to time arise which are consistent with the nature of the job described above
  • Participate in regular appraisals and identify and respond to your own and team development needs
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of research, departmental policies and procedures, and to have in depth knowledge of legislation and guidance relevant to providing services to children and families
  • You will be based in one of eight teams across the four quadrants of Essex but will be required to work flexibly and provide support in a neighbouring team or quadrant if business needs require this.

Knowledge, skills and experience
  • Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Social Worker. Be able to demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)
  • Significant practical experience of working with families with multiple and complex needs
  • Evidence of a commitment to on-going professional development and to the principles of evidenced based practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate a track record of building and sustaining positive professional relationship with individuals and families with multiple and complex needs.
  • Experience of applying a solution focused approach and providing practical advice and support to families to enable them to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes
  • Ability to work in partnership with others to maximise outcomes for families in line with the Family Solutions operating principles
  • Effective communication skills, good problem solving and assessment skills, reliability and good time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and to use supervision appropriately

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.)

This vacancy can accommodate a newly qualified social worker.

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Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees, including:

  • A local government pension scheme (LGPS), a career average scheme with employee and employer contributions
  • Annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days per year (depending upon grade and length of service)
  • Purchase of additional annual leave (up to agreed limits)
  • Flexible working arrangements (for most roles but depending upon service requirements)
  • Discounted shopping through a dedicated Reward Portal (including discounts at major supermarkets)
  • Training and development and payment of professional fees (approved professions only)
  • Relocation package (up to GBP8,000) where agreed
  • Employee assistance programme provided in-house (wellbeing and counselling provision)
  • Childcare vouchers, through salary sacrifice

Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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