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Family Support Worker x2 countywide (part time)
Do you have what it takes to support young carers and their families?
We are looking for two experienced, innovative and enthusiastic people to provide individual and family support for primary school age Young Carers. You will have a focus on those aged 6 -7 linking them in with activities, workshops and groups. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a supportive, creative and proactive team, servicing families with complex needs whilst supporting the welfare and safeguarding of young carers. If you're a lateral thinker who can work flexibly and welcomes a challenge, we’d like to hear from you.
Here at Warwickshire Young Carers, we pride ourselves on the work we do and range of services we offer to support young carers and their families across the county. You will actively work with families, seeking to empower them to gain and maintain control over all aspects of their lives. Duties will include assisting families who are experiencing problems, offering practical help and emotional support.
As a Family Support Worker your role would vary depending upon the needs of the families, this can include working within the family home, community settings, schools or in multiagency meetings. e.g. supporting those who are subject to open Early Help, Child in Need or Child Protection plans. At Warwickshire Young Carers, we encourage an assertive and supportive approach with families which engages families and young carers in identifying and implementing solutions, giving them the tools to confidently make decisions that impact on their wellbeing.
You will have an understanding of good parenting and of risk factors and safeguarding concerns to children and vulnerable adults. This will help you to co-facilitate and deliver parenting programmes and to host parent network groups across the county where you will give advice, signpost and refer families to appropriate services.
Confidence in planning and delivering direct work with young carers, capturing their voices and experiences and that of their families is essential to the role. Direct work will include 1:1’s, activities and workshops.
The role requires a good level of disability awareness with knowledge of barriers faced by our young carers and their families. To achieve this, you will need an understanding of the role of statutory and voluntary organisations (particularly across Warwickshire) providing care and be confident in working with other service providers to improve the service provided to families accessing the service. You will work within the context of the Early Help, as part of an holistic and integrated approach for young carers and their families whilst adhering to Early Help protocols and procedures, sometimes acting as the Lead professional as appropriate; and so excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are expected. This should include the ability to keep good records using our recording system and to give accurate information to a diverse user group. This will also include the ability to produce reports for the organisation, your line manager and funders.
The post holder will work with a caseload of challenging families to provide comprehensive and pro-active support which promote, strengthen and develop the potential of families enabling them to live successfully in their community. You will help to have their voices heard, provide a break from and reduce inappropriate caring responsibilities and be the support that many are lacking in. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of young carers and their families across Warwickshire, we would love to hear from you!
For more information about key requirements, skills and experience please see the attached job description / person specification.
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Our method of application is online, please note, CV’s should not been submitted unless asked to do so.
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This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
For further information about the role, please contact the Family Support Coordinator Latoyha at email@example.com
Closing Date: 28th August 2020
Interviews: Wk Commencing 21st September 2020
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