Walsall Children’s Services Early Help Team
Family Support Practitioner (6 x Positions) ref CH07317
G7 £24,717 – £29,033 per annum
Full – Time / Permanent
Our vision is to make Walsall an “Early Help” place by helping families at the earliest point, improving children and young people’s life chances and reducing demand for specialist/crisis services.
Our Early Help offer includes a range of evidence based practice and tools including Parenting Programmes, restorative practice, Graded Care Profile, etc to ensure that we respond effectively to the needs and the demands of children and secure sustainable change.
Family Support Practitioner (6 vacancies) – your role will be focused on undertaking Early help Assessments and plans and support children using a number of evidence based interventions. These roles are as wide as it is varied. One moment you could be chairing a meeting, guiding parents, undertaking evidence based interventions with children or engaging with a wide range of professionals including Health, Police, Education, Housing, etc. Every family is different and you will find your experiences professionally challenging, personally satisfying and you will learn so much about services in Walsall as well as develop as a professional.
We have launched restorative practice as the foundation for our Early Help and social work approach across the service to ensure that children and families experience a consistent response from those people working with them. In addition, with the role you will have access to our Early Intervention and Social Work Academy for our comprehensive learning and development offer. As part of this we will provide you with a comprehensive induction, regular, reflective social care supervision and the support you need to develop within your role.
To excel, you’ll need a degree qualification in a relevant field, need to be passionate about improving outcomes for vulnerable child, believe in the importance of building effective relationships with the children and families you work with and have excellent organisation and communication skills. Plus, you’ll be genuine, friendly and driven – and you’ll share our commitment to supporting the children in our community – come and join us and be part of making a difference in Walsall. We are particularly welcoming applicants who have experience in working with children who have special education needs or disabilities and working with young people aged 10+.
We positively welcome interest from male applicants, who are currently under-represented in this service area (Section 158 of the Equality Act 2010 applies). However, at the point of selection appointment will be entirely on merit without reference to gender.
Walsall Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Completion of a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is a requirement of this post.
Interested, but would like to get a little bit more information please don’t hesitate to contact Sioux Beddow on 0121 526 5537 or Julie Hill on 01922 655886.
For more information on Early Help please use following link http://www.mywalsall.org/walsallearlyhelp
This post is covered by the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers. The post holder will be required to communicate verbally with customers and provide advice and/or information in accurate spoken English.
Closing date for applications: Wednesday 21st February 2018
Interviews: week commencing 5th March 2018