Family Support Worker - September Start

Location Penzance
Job type: Permanent
Salary: ££20,645 to £22,794
Contact name: Tom Hooper

Contact email:
Job ref: 49951
Published: about 1 month ago
Startdate: 21/04/2022

Job Title: Family Support Worker 

32.5 Hours a week

Location: Penzance

As the exclusive recruitment partner of the Cornwall Association of Primary Heads Opus are currently working with a highly successful Academy Trust School located in Penzance, providing high quality education and support for pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities.

We are seeking to appoint a self-motivated, caring and dedicated Family Support Worker to start in the new academic year in September 2022. As a key member of staff you will take a pro-active role in the support of the educational and physical needs of the pupils with a focus on an individual's support.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Hold and articulate clear values and moral purpose, focused on supporting pupils.
  • Demonstrate optimistic personal behaviour, positive relationships and attitudes towards pupils with profound, severe and complex learning needs, the workforce, and towards parents, governors and local community.
  • Lead by example - with integrity, creativity, resilience, and clarity
  • Sustain knowledge and understanding of education and school systems locally and pursue continuous professional development


Main Duties:

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 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 schools attendance strategy.
  • To carry a caseload for the school 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 school policy.
  • To challenge current processes and offer ways to improve through continuous development.
  • To participate in the MAT's Performance Management systems.
  • To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the school.


All offers of employment are subject to the satisfactory completion of checks and references, including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have the commitment, energy, initiative and drive to help us meet our core values, then we welcome your application.

For more information please submit your application or call the Opus office on  01872 279810 and ask to speak to Tom