Family Support Worker - School

Introduction

Application Details

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Contract Details

  • Salary

    £19,621 to £21,519
    Pro-rata
  • Contract Type

    Fixed Term
  • Contract Time

    Part time/Term time
  • Period of Contract

    1st September 2012 to 31st August 2013
  • Hours per Week

    20 hours per week
  • CRB Check

    A CRB check is required
  • Driving Licence

    A valid driving licence is required
  • Car Allowance

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Summary

Family Support Worker to work within school

Advert

Due to school budgets being unknown and the funding formula yet to be decided for 2013/2014, the contract will be fixed term for 12 months in the first instance.

Would you like to be part of our Pupil and Family Support Team at Wren’s Nest Primary School?

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, well motivated, articulate, resourceful and effective individual with previous experience of delivering effective provision and dynamic support to children and families.

The outstanding practitioner will work in partnership with families and professionals to deliver a wide range of services which meet the needs of the children aged 5-11 and families attending Wren’s Nest Primary School.

This is a newly created post and the appointed post-holder will be able to nurture and develop this role within a supportive team of professionals.

However, due to the high cost of postage, we are only able to contact those applicants that have been short-listed. Thank you in advance for your interest in this post

We welcome anyone wishing to apply, to view our school, the viewing times are:

Monday 11th June at 4:00 pm
Tuesday 12th June at 9:00am

In addition to the application form please write a letter of application detailing:

Why you think we are advertising for a school based Family Support Worker
The personal qualities you have that would make you a very effective Family Support Worker at Wren’s Nest Primary School.
What excites you about developing the role?
How your current (or previous roles) have prepared for this.

Please note at interview there will be an unseen task for you to complete, prior to your interview. You will also need to prepare a plan of action to detail how you would support a 10 year old child, persistently smelling of urine and constantly falling asleep in class and his family.

Hours and days are set and are unfortunately not negotiable; working hours are 20 hours per week, term time only. Working Days are; Monday and Wednesday 4 hours daily 8:30am – 12:30pm. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00 – 4:00pm

Directorate

Childrens Services  (Wren’s Nest Primary and Children’s Centre) 

Job Description

Reports to

Pupil and Family Support Co-ordinator

Purpose of the Job

Responsible for: CAFS and School - Based Team Around the Child Meetings

Main Purpose of the Job:

1. To support children and their families attending Wren’s Nest Primary School to overcome barriers to success.
2. To work in partnership with families and children and professionals from a range of statutory, private and voluntary organisations to deliver a range of services identified through the school’s Pupil and Family Support Team
3. To work within and support the work of a multi-disciplinary team, including a Nurture Group, Behaviour Support, Adult Learning, Learning Mentors and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team.
4. To support individual children and their families address issues relating to health, welfare and social care to enable them to engage fully and maximise opportunities for personal development and educational achievement.

Specific Accountabilities

Main Activities:

1. To meet and greet parents at the start/end of the school day
2. To maintain good working relationships with all agencies and individuals involved in the delivery of services and the early identification of need.
3. To establish effective and empowering relationships with parents/carers.
4. To adhere to appropriate confidentiality and information sharing protocols and legislation with regards to sensitive data between families, staff and other relevant agencies.
5. To provide information and signpost parents/carers as appropriate.
6. To facilitate/deliver information sharing meetings e.g. internet safety as well as training for parents e.g. parenting programmes in response to parental requests.
7. To take part in service evaluation, monitoring and parent consultations.
8. To take a lead role in the setting up, running and evaluating impact of CAF’s.

Support to Families

1. To work in a non-discriminatory, culturally sensitive manner, encouraging all families to take an active and positive role in their children’s education.
2. To undertake outreach work, with parents and carers in the home to provide information, guidance and support on a range of parenting issues.
3. To provide positive experiences for children which enable them to achieve appropriate developmental and academic milestones and ensure that the needs of each individual child is catered for.
4. To maintain detailed recording and assessments of each family/child’s progress within their specific care plan and ensure accuracy of recorded information and data.
5. To carry out planned direct work with children and families in the community and group work at the centre as required.
6. To work to deadlines and within specific timescales for monitoring, recording and other such purposes.
7. To participate fully in any Individual Education or Behaviour Plan (IEP/IBP) Child Protection, Child in Need or CAF procedures involving children supported by the school.
8. To form a bridge between support delivered in school (by the team of Learning Mentors and the Nurture Group) and Parents and Carers to enable a consistent approach to supporting children’s individual needs.
9. To deliver Parenting programmes to meet the needs of identified groups of parents and individuals who are unable to access the groups.

Other:

1. To undertake a review of his/her practice and professional development to ensure that necessary skills, knowledge and understanding are kept updated.
2. To attend appropriate conferences/seminars/training events with regard to current issues within Wren’s Nest Primary School.
3. To contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of Wren’s Nest Primary School.
4. Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, security, lone working, equal opportunities, confidentiality and data protection.
5. To undertake other duties as agreed with the Pupil and Family Support Co-ordinator commensurate to the grade and responsibilities of the post.
6. To produce a termly impact report for presentation at Governors.

Special Conditions: Hours and days are set and are unfortunately not negotiable; working hours are 20.0 per week, term time only. Working Days are; Monday and Wednesday 4 hours daily 8:30am – 12:30pm. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00 – 4:00pm

Current Driving Licence and access to a car is also required.

Person Specification

Experience

EXPERIENCE - Essential

Post qualifying experience of working with children 5-11 years of age.
Experience of working with and supporting children and families within a centre or school and outreach setting.
Ability to use a range of interventions in working alongside individual families to meet a range of desired outcomes.
Willingness to support parents who may be initially resistant to support.
Working within a multi-professional and multi-disciplinary team.
Keeping contemporaneous records.
Experience of developing a new project and working on own initiative.

Qualifications/Training

QUALIFICATIONS and TRAINING - Essential

GCSE English Grade C or above (or equivalent).
Minimum of NVQ level 3 or equivalent in Childcare, Social Care, Health, Education or Community Development.
Advanced Child Protection Training (or equivalent).

Practical skills

PRACTICAL SKILLS - Essential

The ability to relate to people at all levels including children and their parents and carers with Special Needs and Disabilities.
Knowledge and understanding of current issues in child development and parenting.
The ability to meet set performance targets and apply good time management.
The ability to provide objective and accurate feedback to the Pupil Support Co-ordinator.
Practical experience, accuracy and confidence in using Microsoft Word to record case notes etc.
The confidence and assertiveness to challenge parents and professionals as necessary to protect and ensure the delivery of agreed and effective support.
The ability to work independently and under pressure.
High expectations of themselves, the children and their parents.

Personal qualities and attributes

PRACTICAL SKILLS - Essential

The ability to relate to people at all levels including children and their parents and carers with Special Needs and Disabilities.
Knowledge and understanding of current issues in child development and parenting.
The ability to meet set performance targets and apply good time management.
The ability to provide objective and accurate feedback to the Pupil Support Co-ordinator.
Practical experience, accuracy and confidence in using Microsoft Word to record case notes etc.
The confidence and assertiveness to challenge parents and professionals as necessary to protect and ensure the delivery of agreed and effective support.
The ability to work independently and under pressure.
High expectations of themselves, the children and their parents.