Senior Family Intervention Project Worker

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Contract Details

  • Salary

    £31,754 to £33,661
  • Contract Type

    Temporary
  • Contract Time

    Full time
  • Period of Contract

    Temporary- Fixed term until March 31st 2011
  • Car Allowance

    Casual
  • Special Conditions

    CRB check required.Driving licence check required.

Summary

To provide a comprehensive and intensive intervention package to the most challenging families, particularly those who persistently perpetrate crime and or anti social behaviour.

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The Think Family approach has been developed to improve the support offered to vulnerable children, young people and adults within the same family. To support this approach we are recruiting staff to develop and deliver the Youth Crime Family Intervention Project. This will provide for whole family assessments, Team around the Family service provision to support parents and young people who are engaged in crime or anti social behaviour. These workers will ensure that services are joined up to provide the most appropriate and timely interventions to meet their individual needs.

Directorate

Childrens Services  (Childrens Specialist Services)  based in Youth Offending Service

Job Description

Reports to

Dudley FIP Manager

Purpose of the Job

- To co-ordinate the delivery of the Dudley Family Intervention Project, offering intensive support to families with chaotic lives, finding it difficult to cope and who may be facing eviction, their children going into care or enforcement action due to their anti social behavior.
- To manage and support frontline staff to develop and deliver the service, ensuring successful outcomes for the families referred.
- To identify and promote best practice in intensive support to families, contributing learning to the wider development of integrated services for children and families.
- To support Team Around the Family (TAF) approaches within the FIP.
- To contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Dudley Youth Offending Service.
- To develop and support the delivery of evidence based parenting programmes within the FIP and the wider YOS team.

Specific Accountabilities

- To be accountable for and promote equal opportunity, diversity and community cohesion to meet Council, Directorate and Service objectives. All employees have a responsibility not only for their own behaviour, but also for others regarding equality of opportunity. Any incident must be reported.
- To participate in a Performance Review and Development meeting and undertake a plan of training where necessary. Develop his/her own skills and expertise in a professional manner.
- In addition to all the responsibilities listed above, all employees must be flexible in their approach and undertake other duties that are commensurate with post holder’s level, wherever they may be, to achieve the objectives of the Directorate.
- To represent the Council and Directorate in a professional manner meeting the Corporate and Directorate aims. To comply with Directorate and Corporate policies.
- If appropriate to be responsible for the recruitment and performance management of designated teams and individuals in accordance with Corporate and Directorate aims and management style.
- To comply with the council’s financial regulation and standing orders.
- To actively promote Dudley’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults at a level appropriate to this group.
- Employees must comply with health and safety legislation and will be required to comply with the Council’s Health and Safety Policies. All employees must ensure that they take reasonable care of their own health and safety as well as the health and safety of any person that is affected by their actions.
- To be responsible for adhering to legislative requirements and Council Policies and Procedures including, but not exclusively health and safety, Data Protection and Internet/Email use.

Specific Accountabilities

Operational management of the FIP, to include:
- Regular TAF panels/meetings to agree the suitability of referrals to the FIP.
- Allocation of case loads as appropriate.
- Regular and pro-active liaison with partners and specialist agencies to ensure good information sharing and engagement with the work of the FIP.
- Representation of the FIP at relevant internal and multi-agency meetings and forums.
- Facilitation of and reporting to meetings of the FIP Steering Group.
- Promotion of evidence based practice in direct work with families and the use of evidence based parenting programmes.
- Monitoring and evaluation of FIP work with families, ensuring the wider dissemination of learning to all partners and integrated teams.

Supervision and management of the FIP team, to include:

- Regular team meetings.
- Regular, structured supervision sessions for FIP workers.
- Appraisals.
- Day to day guidance.
- Regular planning and review of support plans.
- Planning to cover leave and absences.
- Responsibility for the FIP induction programme.
- Ensure appropriate training and development opportunities for FIP workers to secure a high quality service for families referred to the FIP.
- Responsibility for staff welfare.

Other activities
- Delivery of evidence based parenting programmes.
- Some case work.
- The FIP Senior Project Worker will be required to work flexibly, including early mornings, evenings and occasional weekends.
- Undertake training as appropriate.
- Undertake additional duties as required, commensurate with the level of the job.

Special conditions of employment

- Normal working hours will include some early mornings, evenings and weekend work.
- You will be required to provide out of hours duty cover in line with YOS policy.
- You will require a full, clean driving license and access to a car.

Other information

- All staff must commit to Equal Opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice.
- All staff must comply with health and safety procedures and instructions, including taking care of their own safety and that of others.
- All staff must adhere to the FIP confidentiality policy.

Person Specification

Experience

Criteria The post holder should be able to demonstrate

- Extensive experience of working with children, young people and families.
- Experience of delivery of evidence based parenting programmes.
- Extensive experience of carrying out risk and needs assessment and the development of support plans.
- Experience of working in a multi-agency setting/environment.
- Experience of management and/or team leadership.
- Experience of supervising staff.

Qualifications/Training

Criteria The post holder should possess

- Relevant degree and/or professional qualification relevant to work with children and families.
- Trained in relevant evidence based parenting programmes.

Practical skills

Criteria - The post holder should be able to demonstrate

- Ability to lead, plan and evaluate services for children and families.
- Ability to work in partnership with children and families and a wide range of agencies.
- Ability to keep accurate and up to date records.
- Good IT skills.
- Excellent verbal, written and communication skills.
- Ability to work as part of a team and manage relationships within the team effectively.
- Ability to prioritise and manage own work.
- Access to a car for work purposes.

Personal qualities and attributes

Criteria - The post holder should be able to demonstrate

- A thorough understanding of the tiered approach to the provision of services for children and families.
- A sound understanding of child development and the needs of children.
- A sound understanding of assessment and referral procedures.
- A sound understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures.
- A good understanding of risk and protective factors associated with anti social behaviour.
- A good understanding of the Youth Crime agenda.
- A good understanding of the ECM framework.
- A commitment to team work and the creation of a learning culture.
- A willingness to take advantage of training and develop own knowledge and practice.
- A strong commitment to working collaboratively with a wide range of agencies.
- A commitment to involving children and families in the ongoing development and evaluation of FIP services.
- A knowledge of Equality & Diversity issues.
- Emotional resilience.
- Flexibility.