We are looking to appoint an outstanding and committed Family Support Worker who has diverse experience, as well as a passion for working with young people with additional needs.
The Family Support Worker will work under the direction of the Senior Leadership Team and will complement the work of the Family Support Manager. This role will use a ‘whole family’ approach, focusing on the strengths and difficulties within the family. This role will enable parents’ recognition that their children’s cognitive development and learning is important, as is the instilling of values, aspirations and support for the development of wider interpersonal and social skills.
This role will promote the importance of consistent school attendance and engagement with education. This role will play a key part in the effective safeguarding of children and young people. This is a hands on role which provides both challenge and support and requires ability to travel widely at unsociable hours.
Duties and responsibilities
· To act as a children’s educational advocate and to facilitate the educational partnership between home, school, APA and other agencies by support, liaison and negotiation. Give paramount consideration to the welfare of the child ensuring a highly focussed approach, placing the needs of the child above all others and advocating for them when necessary.
· Contribute to the APAs attendance strategy.
· To carry a caseload for the APA they are assigned to.
· To liaise and collaborate in joint work with all stakeholders in relation to aspects of young peoples’ general welfare and educational developments.
· Initiate CAF/Early Support, act as Lead Professional and attend and contribute to multiagency meetings when appropriate.
· To work with young people taking into account their views seeking to strengthen the coping and resiliencies of young people and adults through protective support. Support and understand young people’s social, psychological and educational development, supporting their belonging to family, school and community. Mobilise support for these young people.
· To maintain appropriate records in accordance with APA policy.
· To challenge current processes and offer ways to improve through continuous development.
· To participate in Performance Management systems.
· To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the APA.