42 - Childrens support Worker Greenwich

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Posted: 25/09/2019 15:15
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £23,818-£26,464
Location: Greenwich
Level: Experienced
Deadline: 21/10/2019 23:59
Hours: 37.50
Benefits: 27 days holiday; buy and sell annual leave programme; PerkBox; Health Cash Plan and more
Job Type: Fixed Term

 

Our team in Greenwich is looking for an enthusiastic and passionate Children’s Support Worker to join them. The main purpose of this role is to develop and provide a support service to children in the refuge who have been adversely affected by domestic abuse. In this role, you will work together with colleagues, volunteers and other agencies to provide the most effective service for children, young people and families.

 

H4W have been providing support to the women and children of Greenwich for over 40 years. We provide somewhere safe for the women/children to live free from abuse, we advocate on their behalf and provide support at the time when they need it most: to enable them to move forward and build a new life.

This is an opportunity to join a passionate, hardworking and close-knit team who are committed to putting an end to domestic and sexual abuse

 

This role is a 3-year fixed term contract.

 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Undertake assessments of children coming into the service and develop risk and support plans using an evidence-based approach to achieve positive measurable outcomes
  • Act as an advocate for children within the service in dealings with statutory and non -statutory agencies, preparing reports and attending case conferences and court where necessary.
  • Organise and facilitate groups and recreational activities as appropriate
  • Follow and apply Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures and have full regard to relevant legislation
  • To help mothers and children to access professional advice services to enable their self sufficiency
  • Encourage positive parenting through positive role modelling and encouraging involvement in activities and parenting groups.

 

To be successful in this job you will require:

  • Experience in a similar role OR the enthusiasm and attitude required if you are newly qualified
  •  A working knowledge and understanding of welfare benefits, safeguarding children and adult, child protection, social and voluntary services approaches/involvement.
  • Knowledge of undertaking individual assessments including risk assessments, and developing and delivering support plans
  • Ability to build effective, professional working relationships both internally and externally whilst valuing diversity.

 

 

Housing for Women is an independent organisation and we support women in London to challenge the inequalities they face. As a charity and a registered housing association, we are proud to have housed London’s women for 80 years; providing secure, affordable housing and related services to help them make the most of the opportunities they have


Job Description

 

Overall Aim

To develop and provide a service to children in the refuge who have been adversely affected by abuse in the home.

To work with colleagues, volunteers and other agencies, contributing to integrated frontline delivery and shared learning that help meet the organisation’s objectives and to provide the most effective service for children, young people and families.

 

 

Responsibilities

Services to Children/Young People

  1. Undertake assessments of nominated children coming into the service and develop  risk and support plans using an evidence based approach to achieve positive measurable outcomes in line with the Every Child Matters agenda and early learning goals through regular review. 
  2. Ensure this service is sensitive to the cultural, religious and special needs of the children.
  3. Act as an advocate for children within the service in dealings with statutory and non -statutory agencies, preparing reports and attending case conferences and court where necessary.
  4. Organise and facilitate groups and recreational activities as appropriate within set budgets and time constraints.
  5. Plan and facilitate age appropriate groups and activities

Safeguarding

  1. Follow and apply Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures and have full regard to relevant legislation
  2. Champion the Common Assessment Framework through partnership acting as Lead Professional in all Team Around the Child / Team Around the Family review meetings as and when required

Support, advice and advocacy to mothers and children

  1. To help mothers / children to access professional advice services to enable their self sufficiency through:
    • Advocacy and liaison with other agencies e.g., schools, educational, welfare and voluntary agencies and social services;
    • Developing and maintaining a comprehensive database of information about local agencies and community resources relating to children.
    • Supporting children and their mother’s resident in the refuges with settling in, enrolling in schools and accessing local services independently.
  2. Support women to review and develop their parenting skills, ensuring a consistent approach.
  3. Facilitate the smooth running of the refuges, including:
  • Encouraging children and their mothers to respect and take responsibility for the daily maintenance of the refuge;
  • Supporting with maintaining facilities in the refuge and garden for play and activities for the children.
  1. Encourage positive parenting through positive role modelling and encouraging involvement in activities and parenting groups.

Information and Monitoring

  1. Keep accurate notes and records in line with HfW’s Confidentiality and Data Protection procedures
  2. Collect and collate of monitoring data and evaluation materials and produce reports as required.
  3. Ensure outcomes are recorded in accordance with Housing for Women’s procedures and recording systems.
  4. Record all relevant financial transactions and ensuring the safe keeping of petty cash ensuring all expenditure is within budget.

Working with others

  1. Work positively and proactively with internal and external colleagues:
  • Participating in HfW events and training, including awareness raising events in respect of Domestic Violence and its affects on children
  • Develop positive working relationships, social care and education professionals and other statutory and voluntary agencies and attend external meetings as required
  • Offer guidance and support to colleagues and volunteers.
  1. Liaise with colleagues, providing advice, support and guidance in delivering services to ensure a consistent approach to women and their children.

Equalities and diversity

  1. Actively implement and monitor HfW’s Equality & Diversity policy and procedure.

General

  1. Ensure all relevant Health & Safety regulations are complied with at all times, including Lone Working policy and procedure.
  2. Participate in regular support and supervision and appraisal meetings, and to take responsibility for own learning.
  3. Identify and apply for funding opportunities as they arise with the support of the manager.
  4. Reading, attending appropriate training and/or conferences etc, to ensure good practice at all times.
  5. Occasional supervision of students, work placements and voluntary workers, in connection with Children’s work, as required.
  6. The role requires flexible working during the day, evenings, weekends and holidays as required by the service.
  7. Undertake any other duties as required by the manager.

 

No job description can be entirely comprehensive and the post holder will be expected to carry out such duties as may be required from time to time and are broadly consistent with the job description.

All staff should be aware of the Association’s risk management policy and undertake their duties in accordance with risk management procedures in place. Staff are encouraged to discuss with their line managers ways in which controls and procedures can be improved.

The job description will be subject to annual review in the light of the project’s development.

 

 



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