The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) / Integrated Front Door is a multidisciplinary team including Children's Social Care, Early Help and partner agencies to provide an effective way to manage safeguarding referrals in West Sussex.
The MASH works with agencies to identify risks to families who need support. The Early Help Team as part of MASH assess and identify the support needed so children and families receive this at the earliest opportunity.
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About The Job
Salary: £23,080- £25,481
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract Length: Permanent
Interview Date: w/c 1 March (Microsoft Teams)
Here at West Sussex County Council, what we do changes lives
We are looking for a passionate and positive individual to join our team in helping families, young people and children, providing a service across a spectrum of different needs and requirements. We provide services in partnership with families, to support them in making positive changes and enabling children and young people to reach their full potential.
You will be organised and able to respond accurately to unanticipated problems and concerns. You will be both adaptable and flexible to help you manage the challenges this role will give you to enable you to meet service needs. You will also be able to work well in changing situations and embrace new ways of working positively and effectively.
Experience and Skills
- Good communication and interpersonal skills with ability to organise and present information clearly, concisely and accurately in ways that promote understanding, both verbally and in writing, including the ability to persuade and successfully convince others of the need to take a specific course of action and gain the trust of service users.
- Ability to analyse and interpret information in order to manage casework with children/young people and their families, assessing needs, setting objectives and reviewing progress.
- Ability to engage and intervene in partnership with children/young people and their families, in order to effect positive and lasting change. Ability to work in an empowering way with families, focusing on their collective strengths and resources. e.g. using a Solution focused approach.
- Ability to prioritise and manage own workload, coordinating a range of tasks in a clear and logical way to meet agreed deadlines, whilst working towards clear goals.
- Ability to maintain clear, accurate records of all work undertaken and produce case reports and correspondence for a variety of audiences including meetings, conferences, Court panels and other agencies.
- Sound and accurate IT skills including report writing, maintaining accurate records and confidentiality, and protecting information.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- NVQ Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (or equivalent) or demonstrable equivalent comparable experience.
- Experience of providing advice and guidance to others in stressful situations.
- Significant experience of using a range of direct work interventions in working with children/young people and their families.
- Experience of working with children/young people and their families in crisis or complex situations.
- Experience of forming effective working relationships within a multi-agency setting.
- An understanding of systems, procedures and policies relevant to Children's Social Care e.g. child protection and safeguarding procedures, practice and policy.
- Knowledge and understanding of the development of children and young people, and age appropriate behaviour.
- An understanding of a range of interventions that can be used with children and young people and families to achieve change.
- Sound and accurate IT knowledge e.g. Microsoft Office, in order to produce written reports.
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to 24 days annual leave + bank holidays, flexible working and a generous pension scheme.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.