This post will be based at the Marigold Centre, an integrated assessment, contact and therapy service for children and their families. Its aim is to offer comprehensive, independent and professional community based assessments, intervention and contact services all in one place. As a Children and Families worker you will help facilitate and develop this important process.
The main purpose of this role is to supervise contact between looked after children (0-18) and their families. The supervised contact may take place at the centre itself or out in the community. The post holder will be in a position after observation and liaising with other professionals in the team to support parents by extending their parenting skills. Individual work with children and group work are also responsibilities of this role.
The hours on offer are as follows;
0 hours post: as and when, but must be available on Saturdays.
15 hours post: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 15.00 – 18.00 hours and every other Saturday.
18 ½ hours post: Mondays and Thursdays 9.30 – 18.00 hrs and Friday mornings plus one in 6 Saturdays.
Please confirm which of the above hours you would like to apply for (more than one of the work patterns is fine, just outline your preference) in a supporting statement when you submit your CV.
The successful applicant will play a key role in a well organised team who implement intervention programmes as part of contact for looked after children and their parents, carers and extended family. The work you do will empower these people in meeting the needs of their children by offering support in all areas of child care, communication and interaction.
To be successful in your application you will need knowledge of the context of contact for looked after children and their families, as well as excellent communication skills both verbally and in report writing. You will need the ability to work autonomously and as part of a team. A good knowledge of child development is a must have as well as working well under pressure in what can be, a challenging environment. Experience within a childcare setting is required for this role, whether this be previously in a nursery setting, hospital setting, voluntary work etc. Due to the hours of this post flexibility is required.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants for this role will require an enhanced DBS check.
The Council is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.
If you are interested in learning more about this role then please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, if you feel you have the right skills and experience to be effective in this role, please be sure to apply online today.