About the role
This is a 12 month fixed term contract.
At Surrey, our Children's Services are on a rapid change journey with new management, innovative approaches and considerable energy. We are determined that children, young people and their families will be at the centre of all we do. We are changing our model of work to one which supports excellent children's services with Family Resilience, early help and prevention at the heart of our journey. Family Safeguarding, an innovative and highly effective approach developed in Hertfordshire, will be central to our new model.
Do you feel passionate about supporting young people to achieve their very best?
We have several roles available:
Children's Looked After Team
- Family Support Worker - 4 days a week
Family Safeguarding Team
- Family Support Worker - 5 days a week
- Youth Support Practitioner - 5 days a week
- Youth Support Practitioner - 3 days a week
Are you looking for opportunities to gain experience within a dynamic and innovative team?
We are looking for creative individuals to join the: Children's Looked After and Family Safeguarding teams in Surrey's Children's Service to help make a difference to our young people's lives.
As a Family Support Worker you will be working to support social workers in the team and will work intensively, in a planned way, with the young person, their family or carers and other agencies and services, supporting children and families to achieve their potential. You will undertake direct work with children, parenting work and group work. This means you will need to be able to work in partnership and use your skills to be able to engage with children in a meaningful way.
As a Youth Support Practitioner your work will be with targeted intervention with adolescent where there are areas of vulnerability in terms of safeguarding, risk of exploitation, drug and alcohol use or episodes of missing from the home. There is a need to work with a high level of flexibility in order to engage young people and their families.
There are also an opportunity to work in our Children's Looked After team: this would involve tasks such as creating life story books, accompanying children seeking asylum to Home Office appointments, and supporting children who go missing through direct work to reduce risks and build their resilience.
As a member of our team, you will be working alongside social workers and other partners, agencies and the voluntary sector to support children and their families in the community. Surrey Children's Service provides training to ensure competence and professional development. We will ensure that you receive a full induction and monthly supervision.
It would be great if you have had experience working with children and young people and can show us how this work has impacted in more positives outcomes. You should also be able to evidence good written and verbal skills.
You will need to be able to engage with families/carers and children, and support social workers in managing risk and effecting positive change.
Surrey Children's Service believes that the welfare of children and their families is paramount. Team members are enthusiastic and supportive; committed to the provision of a quality service for children and their carers and we are looking for people with similar qualities to join us to continue the good work already being done.
For more information, please see the full job descriptions attached at the bottom of this page.
For an informal discussion contact
We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 02/02/2020.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.