Family Support Worker

Portsmouth City Council
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Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom
£29,777 - £33,945 GBP yearly

Salary: Band 7, £29,777 to £33,945 per annum

Hours: Full time (37 hours per week, Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00)

Contract: Permanent

Closing date: Sunday 7 July 2024, 23:59

Interview date: Week commencing Monday 22 July 2024

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the city that works to improve outcomes for children. 

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. 

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

Why come to live and work in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth is a great waterfront city and a vibrant place to live and work. It is an island city with an “inner city” feel, a seaside location packed with attractions and events, and the advantage of fantastic countryside on its doorstep. With fast road and rail links to London, Brighton and major airports, and ferry links to Europe, it is the perfect place to live and work. Portsmouth has a strong history of partnership working and has successfully integrated several local services. 

Are you an experienced family support practitioner with a passion for working with children and families with a range of challenges? Do you have knowledge of working with Children with disabilities? Are you able to demonstrate a range of excellent skills, which will support and empower families to make positive changes? Do you understand the challenges families experience and have a creative approach to solving them? If so, you might be the person we are looking for.

Your New Role:

You will engage with families and young people to assess need holistically and work with them to develop sustainable solutions that improve their functioning and achieve better outcomes for their children. You will complete early help assessments, provide direct work with individuals, families, and groups on a range of issues, and support families to understand how their child's disability can be supported within the home and community. You will work with families, empowering them to find their own solutions, and promote the involvement of young people in planning, delivery, and evaluation of services.

Please read the job profile for the full details of this role. 

What you'll need to succeed:

You have a nationally recognised qualification such as NVQ level 4 or other higher-level qualification or equivalent experience and can demonstrate high quality delivery of family support work. You have up-to-date working knowledge of safeguarding children and young people and can complete risk assessments. You have experience of working with children, young people, and families, and have a positive attitude to helping young people. You are flexible, focused on good outcomes, and have excellent communication skills. You can change priorities to meet tight deadlines, can reflect and learn, and you understand multi-agency working. You can facilitate small group activities, keep records, use IT competently, and travel easily across Portsmouth.

Please read the job profile for the full details of this role. 

You will need to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK. No post will be offered without it.

What you'll get in return:

We really appreciate our employees and fully realise they are essential to our success and look to offer an inclusive, supportive working environment where employees can reach their potentials with a healthy work life balance, offering the following rewards:

  • Generous annual leave (27 days per year rising to 31, pro rata for part time hours) with the potential to purchase additional leave.
  • A fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return.
  • Flexible working options including hybrid working with a minimum of three days (typically Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) office based per week pro rata, giving you the flexibility to work up to two days at home every week. Hybrid working is dependent on the role and service needs; exact details will be discussed with you at interview.
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities including apprenticeships.
  • Extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Discount on travel, travel loans and the bike loan scheme
  • Discounts on a wide range of goods and services – access a range of discounts and offers from thousands of restaurants, shops and more.

Staff rewards: https://careers.portsmouth.gov.uk/working-for-the-council/

Additional Information:

The full job profile is attached here.

Contact Details for an Informal Discussion:

Dannii Dean, Family Support Supervisor, Dannii.Dean@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, 023 92 841 745.

A commitment to our values:

We are committed to our values of respect, integrity, collaboration, inclusivity and being people-focussed. These values set out how we can contribute to the success of the council and our own success as individuals. Learn more about our values and behaviours.

Application process:

We are a disability confident employer - committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible and welcome applications from all areas of society.

Remember to demonstrate in your cover letter/statement why you are suitable against each of the points described in the 'Who is the Person' points on the Job Profile using examples from your experience or transferable skills. This might be through qualifications or descriptive examples from your work / personal experience, which clearly illustrates what you did and the effect it had. Please upload a detailed cover letter/statement as well as your CV.

Please ensure you provide your full education history from secondary school, include name/address of establishment, details of relevant qualifications & awarding body. Please explain any gaps - this is essential for all safeguarding children's roles.

You may wish to attach an additional letter or document to supplement your application.

We will email applicants from time to time; please ensure you check e-mail folders as sometimes our e-mails may go into spam/junk folders.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Should you require any support in completing the application form please contact recruit@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.