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Impington Village College

Family Support Worker

Hours: 37 hours and Term Time Only + 2 weeks
Required as soon as possible
Salary: Scale 5 point 22 to 25
£21,074 - £23,111 (£18,403 - £20,182 pro rata for term time working)

Based at Impington Village College but working across the cluster primaries as well, the Family Support Worker will provide an intensive support service to pupils and/or their parents, identified by the schools as ‘vulnerable’ or ‘in need.’ The post holder will provide a link between home and school to help resolve difficulties at an early stage.              

We are looking for a candidate who can:

  • build positive partnerships between school/s and parents in order to improve attendance and behaviour and support children's development and learning
  • identify and tackle difficulties at an early stage and link families to more specialised help and support when necessary
  • organise, plan and run groups as deemed necessary to support families and achieve the objectives of the project, such as parenting, self-esteem and coffee mornings

The successful candidate must have NVQ3 or equivalent in a field relating to working with children and/or young people, together with excellent communication skills and the commitment to build good working relationships with children/parents/educational establishments/outside agencies etc.  A good understanding of child protection procedures is essential. 

The MET is committed to Equal Opportunities and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  All post holders are subject to employment checks and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

Closing Date:   10am Monday 29 October

Applicants must complete a College application form - we cannot accept CVs.  If you require any further information please contact Valerie Hastings, PA to the Principal and Vice Principal by email vhastings@ivc.tmet.org.uk and completed applications should be returned to Mrs Hastings by the closing date.

Job Description 

Post Title:

Family Support Worker

Post Purpose:

Based at Impington Village College but working across the cluster primaries, to provide an intensive support service to pupils and/or their parents, who are identified by the schools as ‘vulnerable’ or ‘in need’.  The post holder will provide a link between home and school to help resolve difficulties at an early stage.

Reporting to:

Head of Personalised Learning

Liaising with:

Secondary School: Impington Village College, Primaries: Girton, Milton, Oakington, Histon Infants, and Histon Juniors

Locality Team and Social Services

Working time:

37 hours per week – Term time only + 2 weeks

Salary/Grade

Scale 5 point 22 – 25

Disclosure Level:

Full DBS check required

Our College is committed to Equal Opportunities, to safeguarding and the promotion of the welfare of children and young people.  All staff are expected to share this commitment and we ensure all our recruitment and selection practices also reflect this commitment. 

Main Responsibilities:

To work across a cluster of primary schools and one secondary school delivering a child-centred and parent/carer focused approach of early interventions to build positive partnership;

To build positive partnerships between school/s and parents/carers in order to improve attendance and behaviour and support children's development and learning;

To identify and tackle difficulties at an early stage and link families to more specialised help and support when necessary;

To liaise with Histon Early Years Children’s Centre to facilitate community cohesion.

Principal Accountabilities:

To provide early interventions and support to children, young people and parents/carers identified by schools as being in need of support.   This may include: direct work with students; liaison with the family at home, and/or group work where appropriate;

To provide early intervention and support to children, young people and parents identified by schools as being in need of support. This may include direct work with students; liaison with the family at home, and/or group work where appropriate;

To empower the child, young person and parents to resolve problems themselves, supporting their access to universal services through the provision of information, advice and guidance, as well as signposting to support facilities provided by the Children’s Centre;

To conduct assessments of need as required and make appropriate referrals to more specialist services;

To work closely with school staff, Family Workers and other professionals to respond to local need, ensuring smooth transitions between universal and more specialist services if needed for the child or young person;

To liaise closely with the teaching staff and appropriate professionals to ensure work with parents is consistent and co-ordinated, and that best use is made of community, statutory and school networks to facilitate inter-agency support;

To support parents and schools to engage with each other, working in partnership to address issues around early signs of behaviour and attendance difficulties;

To manage information to ensure effective support for children, young people and their parents, including the maintenance of up to date and accurate records; the effective sharing of information within established protocols and the maintenance of management information;

To use the Common Assessment Framework where relevant;

To be involved with the team around the child via the Common Assessment Framework and relevant monitoring and evaluation frameworks, including contributing towards the achievement of the following outcomes:

  • Improved educational achievement at relevant key stages
  • Reduced fixed term exclusion rates
  • Improved attendance rates
  • Improved Post-16 destinations
  • Reduction in the % of young people aged 10+ receiving a final warning or conviction
  • Improved pupil behaviour reported in the Health Related Behaviour Survey (Balding)

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To contribute to the schools’ self-evaluation work
  • To participate in meetings in child centred meetings
  • Operate within policy, legal, ethical and professional boundaries when working with families
  • Contribute to performance management

Safeguarding:

  • To be aware of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and to report any concerns in accordance with the College’s Safeguarding/Child Protection policies
  • To undertake regular safeguarding/child protection/adult protection training as required by the Cluster

Person Specifcation 

Before completing your application please read the Person Specification and Job Description.  In your letter supporting your application you should demonstrate how your qualifications, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. 

 

Essential

Desirable

Education Qualifications & Training

 

 

NVQ3 or equivalent in field relating to working with children and/or young people

 

Professional qualification relevant to one of the following organisations: health, social care, education, youth work, Local Authority Youth Support Services

 

Experience & Knowledge

 

 

Experience of working with children, families and schools, colleges

 

Experience of effective partnership working with Social Services, Education, Health, voluntary and community sector, District Councils and other providers

 

Knowledge of child development

 

Knowledge of behaviour management

 

Knowledge of how schools function

 

Knowledge of how partnership organisations function

 

Knowledge of Partnership working: empowerment, advocacy, anti-oppressive practice

 

Knowledge and experience of assessment frameworks

 

Knowledge and experience of assessment frameworks Child protection procedures and referral thresholds for different services

 

Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team setting

 

Skills & Attributes

 

 

Good communication skills with a range of different professionals, including: listening; questioning; giving feedback; oral and written; ability to form positive relationships with partner agencies and members of the public, good negotiating skills

 

Good communication skills with children, young people and parents

 

Problem solving skills: diagnosing problems; evaluating alternative options; making accurate judgements

 

Good assessment skills: able to collect and analyse information; able to identify source and levels of risk; able to assess appropriate level of intervention and means of resolution

 

Administrative skills: able to keep good written records; adopt good administrative practice/ systems; keep data/use management information and have appropriate/suitable IT skills

 

Time-management skills: able to prioritise

 

Ability to work independently and to use supervision appropriately

 

Reliability

 

An understanding for the importance of confidentiality and the need to respect shared information with discretion

 

An ability to uphold Safeguarding issues and an understanding of Whistle Blowing policies and practices

 

Prepared to work with parents in their own homes

 

Ability to travel locally

 

Attributes identified by Children and Young People as Essential:

  • Understanding
  • Trustworthy
  • Approachable
  • Helpful
  • A good listener
  • Motivated
  • Knowledgeable
  • Put children and young people first
  • Positive
  • Assertive
  • Well trained
  • Kind
  • Respectful

Additional Attributes identified by Parents and Carers:

  • Proactive
  • Friendly
  • Good local knowledge
  • Empowering
  • Common sense