The Early Help Service consists of a multi-disciplinary team that works with children, young people, and families. We work closely with a range of partners including children's social care, schools, housing and health providers and other community services. This role will embed an improved awareness and identification of parental conflict in the workforce and build on practitioners' existing knowledge to translate into practice.
Here, in Bracknell Forest, everything we do is about changing families' lives for the better. You will be supported to help children and families to achieve their potential, ensure their voices are heard and that they are safe and protected. As part of the Early Help service, you will be given responsibility right from the start, alongside which you will be given the support to utilise your skills and experiences to ensure families and young people receive the best possible support, because we are Bracknell Forest.
What it's like working in our team...
You will be part of the council's Early Help service with experience working with families, young people and children with a range of needs. As a team you will contribute to our 'can do' approach by being flexible and responsive to the unique needs of each family, child and young person you are supporting. You will need to combine the ability to work both independently and collaboratuively, supporting team colleagues and representing the service where this is required.
You will be supported to carry out the following duties and responsibilities...
- To have responsibility for delivering evidence-based interventions and embed the reducing parental conflict programme across Early Help, working alongside Early Help Professionals.
- Work with our parenting coordinator to facilitate and deliver accredited programmes to parents and carers.
- To contribute to Early Help assessments, complex case discussions and relevant multi-agency forums where parental conflict is a factor within the family.
- Deliver formal and informal training to internal and external colleagues to promote trauma informed whole family-based practice in line with the reducing parental conflict programme.
- To establish and maintain effective working relationships with statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure a high standard of service to families.
- To work within established procedures for handling and assessing information, notably confidentiality, safeguarding and health and safety, undertaking risk assessments where appropriate and ensuring appropriate and timely support packages.
The benefits you will experience are...
- An inclusive and social working environment
- Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses
- A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre
- Internal sports and social club opportunities
- Discounted leisure centre and gym membership
- Supermarket discount
- An interest free loan for a rail season ticket
What we're looking for...
The role includes, although is not limited to:
- creating positive and engaging relationships with families, children and young people.
- operating with a high level of care across all relevant agencies and services to ensure that children's and adults safeguarding thresholds are adhered to, with particular regard to criminal exploitation, domestic abuse.
- work closely with partner agencies to ensure effective communication of key messages, and the operational development of parental conflict work that can be appropriately evaluated.
- maintaining accurate and comprehensive case records.
Proven experience of building collaborative, sustainable and effective relationships with relevant professional networks including schools, housing, adult services, health services,
children's social care, third sector, other council services that have touch points with early help.
- Ability to think creatively to solve problems and inspire others, by example, to be innovative.
- Ability to prioritise your workload that places service users and their voice at the centre of decision making.
- Ability to challenge practice and where necessary implement support mechanisms that enable practitioners to flourish and develop.
- Ability to provide concise, accurate and informative written reports and verbal updates.
- Ability to lead by example and respond confidently to situations to deliver high quality services.
- Ability to both work as a self-motivated individual and a team player, creating an inclusive working environment.
- Experience of operating within the principles of Team Around the Family/ Child, where advocacy, complexity and vulnerability are features.
- Experience of building effective and collaborative working relationships with stakeholders and multi-disciplinary teams to achieve good outcomes for families, young people and children.
- Experience of delivering evidence based interventions and psrenting courses in relation to the RPC agenda.
- Experience of delivering high quality training to internal and external colleagues.
- Experience of responding pro-actively to operational changes, both seen and unseen demand requires.
- Experience of responding to safeguarding concerns and risks of vulnerable adults and children is a crucial aspect of all work undertaken.
- Experience of managing and mitigating risk in the context of whole family working.
Interviews will be held on 19th January 2023
Want to ask us a question?
For an informal discussion or to ask any questions about this role, please contact:
Sarah Batchelor, Acting Head of Early Help
Tel.: 01344 354382
As part of the Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified.
Any candidates wishing to apply who would require sponsorship can determine the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the role by assessing their circumstances against the relevant criteria.
No agencies please.