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Family Support Worker

Employer
Chance UK
Location
London (Greater)
Salary
21,840
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time
Function
Youth work, Family support
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Chance UK has been delivering early-intervention services across London since 1995. Our longest running programme is our mentoring service where Mentors pick the child up from home and run a 1:1 session in the community, once a week for 2 hours. They use the solution-focused approach to work on building the child’s self-esteem and confidence, set goals and explore new places. 

In addition, we are growing a range of community based groups running after school as well as some workshops delivered in schools which will support children with developing social and emotional skills and resilience through activities or skills development.

The balance between 1:1 work and group delivery will change according to services commissioned so the post holder will need to be flexible accordingly.

We are actively seeking to broaden the diversity of the team and welcome applications from male candidates, candidates with disabilities and also those with lived experience of the issues we work on, including: exclusion from school, being a parent of a child who has been excluded or who has additional social, emotional or behavioural needs. 

Please note that we operate a mixed delivery approach which would required employees to have the rights to work in the UK and based in the UK.

About the role

Parents play a critically important role in the lives of their children – and parenting can have an impact on short and longer term outcomes for children. However being a main carer for a child can be challenging and is influenced by mental health and well-being, stress, self-efficacy, and broader social factors such as isolation or financial hardship.

Chance UK supports parents and carers of children accessing our services to develop their parenting skills and confidence, reducing stress and isolation and improving confidence.

1 in 10 children in the UK have serious emotional and behavioural difficulties, which place them at further risk of negative outcomes later in life. Chance UK’s mission is to help support them to reduce these difficulties, find and acknowledge their strengths and talents, and to help them flourish. We do this via a structured 1:1 weekly mentoring programme, and weekly community groups which support children to develop the social and emotional skills they need to flourish.

Chance UK Family Support Worker will play a vital role in supporting parents in order to get the best outcomes and secure lasting long-term change for the children using our services.

About you

The successful candidate will have experience of direct support within a range of social care and family settings. We are looking for a dynamic individual who can support taking our parent programmes from strength to strength.

You’ll enable us to deepen our engagement and broaden our reach maximining the opportunities for
families we work with.

Through all of our parent work strands, you will work with the parent team to support the facilitation and admin of parent / career groups and be involved in direct delivery. You Will support the parent and careers of the children being mentored by Chance UK by providing Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) and Signpost to enable real and lasting positive change for the family.

Role Competencies

  1. Support groups, activities and admin support which is responsive to the changing need of children and families and in line with the organisation’s strategic objectives and values. Ensuring delivery is of quality and on time.
  2. Committed to professionalism, professional curiosity and a reflective culture, achieve good outcomes for Parents and Careers through setting high quality standards, bringing appropriate insights from the broader sector into the organisation.
  3. Sustaining a culture of continuous improvement, championing outstanding practice and creating opportunities to identify, address and root out challenges in order to resolve these. Being accountable for high standards of service and behaviours in line with organisations Values. Creating opportunities for parents voice and parent influence throughout Chance UK.
  4. Ensure that all Practice protects children and vulnerable adults adhering to Safeguarding policies and procedures, creating a parent positive experience and sign posting families regularly.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and sustain close partnerships between home and school and encourage the
    development of positive respectful relationships between all parties involved in the home-school interface
  • Signpost to other agencies, and support parental engagement with a range of services
  • Supporting parents and careers to overcome barriers to a child’s learning and to reduce
    behaviour that might otherwise lead to exclusion
  • Maintain accurate and concise case records, including referral processes and ensuring the requirements of data protection are met
  • Work in a flexible way including evenings and weekends ensuring that 1:1, group and event support is accessible to all parents
  • Develop a rapport with external agencies
  • Deal with sensitive and personal issues in complete confidence displaying empathy and
    compassion making referrals where appropriate
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of monitoring, review and evaluation
    processes to enhance programme quality and impact through collecting outcomes
  • Develop parenting bulletining’s and mail outs regularly with guidance from the Parent Team
  • Follow safeguarding guidelines and referring all safeguarding issues that arise promptly and sensitively
  • Support the Family Support team in meeting contractual agreements and delivering in line with their KPIs
  • To plan for and to delivery well attended Parent Information Clinics, events and Family activity days
  • Support the organisation of Family Group Activities offering parent/carers a chance to test new behavioural strategies and have fun as a family in a supported environment
  • Support Information Clinics, which bring in experts to work on shared parent/carer-led issues (e.g. accessing correct benefits, supporting the child’s Special Educational Needs)
  • Be responsible for collecting outcome data from teachers, referrers and Parent / carers
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