Child and Family Worker - Assessment and Intervention
West Sussex County Council
2d ago

About The Job

Salary : £23,484 - £25,927

Working Pattern : Full Time (37 hours)

Contract Length : Permanent

Location : Crawley / Hybrid

Closing Date : Sunday 7th August

As a Child and Family Worker you will support registered Social Workers in assessing, planning and delivering interventions to children and families, including supporting step-down processes and transfer to Early Help services.

You will develop and offer a creative range of services for children and their families to meet needs as identified e.g.

undertaking direct work and purposeful interventions with children, young people, parents / carers, families and groups, and delivering support packages or specific programmes.

Experience and Skills

Key Skills :

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to organise and present information clearly, concisely and accurately in ways that promote understanding, both verbally and in writing, including the ability to persuade and successfully convince others of the need to take a specific course of action and gain the trust of service users
  • Ability to analyse and interpret information in order to manage casework with children / young people and their families, assessing needs, setting objectives and reviewing progress
  • Ability to engage and intervene in partnership with children / young people, their families and other external agencies in order to effect positive and lasting change.
  • Ability to work in an empowering way, focusing on collective strengths and resources, e.g. using a solution focused approach, and responding flexibly to diverse groups and service users whilst maintaining confidentiality

  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload, co-ordinating a range of tasks in a clear and logical way to meet agreed deadlines, whilst working towards clear goals.
  • Able to reflect on own practice and learn from experience, taking responsibility for proactive professional development

  • Ability to maintain clear, accurate records of all work undertaken and produce case reports and correspondence for a variety of audiences including meetings, conferences, court panels and other agencies
  • Sound and accurate IT skills, including report writing, maintaining accurate records, ensuring confidentiality, and protecting information
  • Qualifications / Experience :

  • GCSE English and Maths, or equivalent qualification or experience operating at this level of literacy and numeracy
  • QCF Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (or equivalent), or demonstrable equivalent experience
  • Understanding of systems, procedures and policies relevant to Children’s Social Care e.g. child protection and safeguarding procedures, practice and policy. Desirable
  • Knowledge and understanding of the development of children and young people, and age-appropriate behaviour
  • Understanding of a range of interventions that can be used with children, young people and families to achieve change
  • Sound and accurate IT knowledge
  • Experience of providing advice and guidance to others
  • Experience of using a range to direct work interventions in working with children, young people and their families
  • Experience of working with children / young people and their families in crisis or complex situations. Desirable
  • Experience of using assessment planning and reviewing processes
  • Experience of working in a Social Care Environment. Desirable
  • Experience of forming effective working relationships within a multi-agency setting
  • Requirement to communicate in English with members of the public
  • Valid and full driving licence
  • Rewards and Benefits

    As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.

    In addition to working within a great team and a brilliant opportunity you will receive :

  • A competitive salary
  • 24 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • A generous pension scheme
  • Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • Flexible working
  • A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000 (Including : Argos, Samsung, Asos, B&Q and many more)
  • Free access to employee assistance programmes
  • Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
  • A range of commuting and business travel discounts and initiatives
  • For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our page.

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