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Family Support Worker

Family Support Worker

Akton requirement has vacancies for family support workers in the Dudley area


We are looking for 6 Family Support Workers to join our Assessment & Duty Team. Please note that being a driver with use of own vehicle is essential as part of this role.

The FSW role is an important key role within the Assessment and Care Management service, as a Family Support Worker you will work within a team of Social Workers working to support and safeguard our most vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Within the role you will :

* Work alongside social workers to contribute to high quality assessments to support and safeguard children and young people.

* Undertake high quality evidence based Graded Care Profile 2 assessments and PAM's assessments

* Work alongside social workers to progress the Care in Need Plans and Child Protection Plans

* Work in partnership with families, providing advice and support to strengthen their parenting and promote the safety and welfare of children and young people living within the family, reducing the risk of abuse and neglect and the need for statutory social care intervention.

* Proactively engage and support the most vulnerable, distressed and challenging children, young people and so that we fully understand their day to day lived experience and take account of their wishes and feelings.

* Utilise a 'Think Family' approach to ensure that all services working with the family are coordinated and work effectively together whilst maintaining a focus upon the safety and wellbeing of the children and young people.

* Enable the development of positive parenting strategies to enable families to gain and maintain independence and control over all aspects of their lives and contribute positively within the community.

* Work with families with complex often interrelated problems including poverty, social exclusion, oppression, poor housing, mental health, substance misuse, domestic abuse, crime and antisocial behaviour.

* Contribute to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults in line with Dudley Safeguarding Children and Adult Board reporting procedures.

* Work as an effective supportive team member positively prioritising the needs of children and their families in need of support and intervention.

Qualifications:.

Professional qualification relevant to work with children and families at NVQ3 or above.

Good Literacy and English writing and numeracy skills level 3 and above

Evidence of continued learning and development

Good level of IT skills and application

Experience:

Experience of working with children, young people and families at risk of statutory intervention.

Experience of working with families with multiple and complex interrelated problems.

Experience of delivery of evidence based parenting programmes or interventions or a willingness to undertake training to deliver these.

Experience of carrying out risk and needs assessment and the development, coordination, implementation, monitoring and review of Family support plans

Experience of working in a multi-agency setting/environment