Post First 1,000 Days Family Support Worker

Closing Date: 15.06.20

Salary £7,237pa

Hours 12 hours per week

Report to Line Manager

The overall aim of this project is:

The First 1,000 Days Project is a collaborative approach between CVS agencies Wai Yin and Ananna to establish a new service for children and their parents who are or have been affected by domestic abuse working directly with BAME parents and their children from conception to 2 years old. You will work as part of a small team with colleagues in Wai Yin but will be based at Ananna, to deliver a range of interventions which will help families and children thrive.

You will be skilled in partnership working, with the ability to apply a whole family approach to protect children and families from harm and improve family functioning. The two year project will assist families to form meaningful links within their communities.

Referral routes into the project include Yourhousing which works within housing tenants across the city. The project will work with families to:

· Develop strong links within communities to help support parents in the project and with partner agencies across the city.

· To engage vulnerable BAME families to reduce harm so children can grow and develop to reach their full potential.

· To provide wellbeing information relating to women during their pregnancy.

· To build resilience and promote emotional wellbeing during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.

· To improve parenting with parents and carers to improve family functioning.

Main duties and responsibilities:

1. To contribute to the development of the innovative First 1,000 days project.

2. To undertake whole family assessments, complete risk assessments and develop innovative care plans that promote positive outcomes for children and families.

3. To effectively manage a complex caseload, prioritising tasks in line with other duties, and work in partnership with other agencies in order to meet the family’s needs and to safeguard and protect children and families from harm.

4. Reports are to be submitted to the Co-ordinator every quarter or more frequently if required to ensure records are kept up to date and are ready when requested.

5. To coordinate safety and support plans and interventions for families including introduction to community groups.

6. Through working directly with children and families in a variety of settings in accordance with the whole family approach, to provide opportunities for all family members to explore the impact of domestic abuse. The direct work with children will incorporate using therapeutic play techniques.

7. Ensure that client records are up to date, accurately recorded and input onto case management and monitoring system.

8. To complete written reports and client updates that are appropriate to the audience for which they are written. Reports must succinctly present and appraise options and make clear recommendations for action.

9. To provide advocacy, emotional and practical support in relation to family’s needs.

10. To apply a range of evidence based approaches within your specialism, to the work of the 1st 1,000 days project.

11. To deliver a range of creative and therapeutic interventions to children and families individually and in a group.

12. To work effectively with other service providers, agencies and specialist services in order to achieve positive outcomes for children and families

13. To develop and deliver training and workshops to a wide ranging audience in line with developments from the 1st 1,000 days project.

14. To follow strict confidentiality and data protection procedures.

15. To attend relevant training courses/conferences in consultation with line managers and provide feedback to colleagues on training courses attended as requested.

16. To maintain contact and share good practice from the project within employing organisation.

17. To keep up to date on new legislation/national guidance relevant to the service and on any new developments within the field of working with families.

18. To undertake any other reasonable duties within the scope of the post as specified by their line manager from time to time in consultation with the post holder.

19. It is a duty of the post holder not to act in a prejudicial or discriminatory manner towards service users or employees and to be aware of the company’s Equal opportunities policy.

20. To promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the working environment.

Other:

1. Must be mobile to visit sites and work across the city.

2. Bangla speaker preferred as the target demographic are Bangladeshi.

To apply:

Please carefully read the job description above and return with a completed application form, equal opportunities form and a short cover letter. Send the completed documents to: info@mbwo.org.co.uk

Unfortunately we are unable to respond to all applicants due to the capacity of our work. If you have any queries, or wish to discuss this position on an informal basis before applying, please contact our Co-ordinator Hasina Chowdhury – hasina@mbwo.org.uk

Note: all new appointments are subject to enhanced DBS clearance and completion of a six-month probationary period.