Akton Resourcing are working with the Local Authorities to fill a contract position for an Early Help Practitioner. This role is initially a full time contract position lasting at least 6 months.
About the Service-
Insight has evidenced that Staffordshire is a great place to live. Most families are happy,
safe and have loving homes, however there are some families who face challenges that
mean they cannot thrive in the way they want to.
We are committed to developing a system and a way of working that will enable
Staffordshire's children to thrive within their own families and communities by addressing
the root causes of difficulties for the whole family at the earliest point.
Staffordshire's Children's Service aims to:
- Maximise the achievement of better outcomes for families in Staffordshire using all available resources, effectively and efficiently.
- Support safer, healthier, thriving children whose needs are met within their families and communities where it is safe to do so, reducing the need for higher cost, complex interventions.
- Provide high quality statutory Children's Service (Staffordshire County Council's children's services are currently rated as "Good" by Ofsted) that only works with those children and families who require this specialist level of intervention.
- Working in a whole family approach deliver a comprehensive family support offer to a caseload of complex families (including any BRFC cases including intense), using the early help assessment and plan, agreeing clear actions, outcomes and responsibilities.
- Take on the lead professional role for a number of families liaising and coordinating with a range of agencies.
- To actively engage children, young people and their parents/carers to ensure appropriate access to early and statutory education is secured and maintained.
- Complete direct work including emergency work with children, young people and their families maximizing their involvement in accordance with outcomes identified in the child's plan.
- As a member of the cluster team, act as a key worker for early help cases and work alongside social workers who hold child in need/child protection cases as required.
- As a member of the cluster team, support the Early Help Coordinator in the identification of cases meeting a statutory threshold requiring step up to a social worker.
- Deliver effective, timely end to end case work management, complete case recording and maintain case management records in accordance with service and professional standards.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other locality providers.
- Engage with families to complete direct work with children and young people to promote healthy lifestyles, positive peer/family relationships and safe parenting to develop a good understanding of their culture/community identity.
- Work persistently and assertively with families and other agencies to assess,
- provide or co-ordinate targeted support.
- Effectively assess risk as part of the early help assessment.
- Signpost to and support children and young people to engage with appropriate agencies and activities to promote their life chances and outcomes.
- Provide intervention to families pre-birth in accordance with SSCB procedures.
- To deliver evidence based group work as directed by the Early Help Coordinator. (Group work may account for some or the entire Early Help Practitioners duties dependent upon service need).