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Job Title: Family Support Worker
Entity: Family Assessment and Support Services
Hours: 14 x 12 hour shifts over 28 days (168 hours) – A/B Shift Pattern – 9 am – 9 pm – Full Time

7 x 12 hour shifts over 28 days (84 hours) – A/B Shift Pattern – 9 am – 9 pm – Part Time

Reports to: Registered Manager
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Key Responsibilities:

Offer Support

 

·         Support parents to meet the daily caring needs of their child through clear advice and guidance.

·         Where necessary offer ‘compensatory care’ to the child in the parents’ absence or during any period of difficulty

·         Offer the resident structure and routine by creating a Weekly Planner of activities, appointments and workshops for example.

 

Provide a Safe and Nurturing Environment

·         Form effective boundaries with parents and their child and recognise your supportive caring role.

·         Implement our Safeguarding Children and Adults Policy in all aspects of your work with the resident.

·         Recognise that the parent is responsible for meeting their child’s care needs but feel confident to intervene if the child is at immediate risk of harm.

·         Use effective communication and listening skills to negotiate and de-escalate any issues of conflict with the resident.

 

Work as part of a Team

·         Make clear factual written observations of all aspects of the parents’ daily activities.

·         Be accountable for all your observations and share your written records with other professionals.

·         Be available to attend Review Meetings and contribute your observations to other professionals.

·         Be available to travel with the resident to various locations in the Southwest for the purpose of attending meetings etc.

 

Other

·         To support the Registered Manager’s objective in ensuring the home is always Ofsted ready and prepare to achieve and maintain an Ofsted rating of at least Good, with Outstanding being the goal within 3 years.

·         To maintain a child-centered approach, fundamental to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child. To keep the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.

·         To work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and always promote and ensure equality in practice.

·         To take responsibility for own professional development, maintaining essential qualifications, regularly updating knowledge, and undertaking all training opportunities provided by the company.

·         To be responsible for the implementation of the Health & Safety Policy as far as it affects your role, colleagues and others who may be affected by the role.

·         Since confidential information is involved with the duties of this post you will be required to always exercise discretion and to observe relevant codes of practice and legislation in relation to data protection and personal information.

 

Skills/Qualifications/Experience (Essential/Desirable):
  • A minimum Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (or be working towards this qualification)
  • Basic knowledge of current legislation and regulations in relation to managing a residential children’s home.
  • Good knowledge of safeguarding and protecting children from harm.
  • To have flexibility to provide cover for sickness, holiday and emergency situations.
  • To hold a full UK driving license and have access to a car that is fully insured, with business usage, and has a valid MOT.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • The ability to communicate well and clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • A valuing of diversity in relation to issues of ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, and sexuality.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to the need for confidentiality.
  • A willingness to increase knowledge and understanding of issues through continuous professional development.

 

Job Title: Family Support Worker – Waking Nights
Entity: Family Assessment and Support Services
Hours: 15 x 13-hour shifts (195 hours) over 30 days – 8.30 pm – 9.30 am – Full Time.

7.5 x 13-hour shifts (97.5 hours) over 30 days – 8.30 pm – 9.30 am – Part Time.

Reports to: Registered Manager
Key Responsibilities:  Operation of the centre at night and supervision of all families in placement.
·         To work as part of a team in a Residential Family Centre for Mother’s, Father’s and their children aged 0-6 years old.

·         To ensure children in placement are safe at all times and enable parents to develop the necessary skills to meet their child’s holistic care needs.

·         To undertake family assessments in line with the National Minimum Standards (2013); implementing Placement Plans for the families in order to promote positive parenting and ensure Risk Assessments are thoroughly adhered to.

·         To work in partnership with parents and professional colleagues regarding individual family placements.

·         To offer advice and guidance to parents on positive parenting and life issues.

·         To provide a high quality and dependable standard of service, that exceeds the National Minimum Standards.

·         Staff must set and maintain safe, consistent and clear boundaries for parents and children in relation to safe and acceptable behaviour in line with the expectations of each assessment and the Residents Agreement.

 

Post-holders will be allocated specific duties in relation to the operation of the centre during the waking night hours. This will include such tasks as:

·                   Supervision of the families in the centre during the night via 1:1 and CCTV monitoring

·                   Effective Record Keeping using our computer system.

·                   Household tasks to ensure a healthy and safe working environment.

 

Direct work:

·         Be aware of safeguarding children and adults’ procedures; identify any signs of abuse; make accurate and clear recordings; referring on any child protection concerns through line managers.

·         Record concise, detailed and accurate daily notes that are shared with the families.

·         Assist with assessments based on detailed observations and direct work.

·         Establish supportive, non-judgmental relationships with families, providing individual support, advice and guidance.

·         Follow the FA&SS lone working policy and take responsibility for staffing the centre during the waking night hours.

·         Parents and children should enjoy sound relationships with staff based on honesty and mutual respect.

·         Staff respect parents’ and children’s privacy, and confidentiality is balanced appropriately with the need to protect children.

·         Work in partnership with families and other professionals to identify the aims of the placement.

·         Enhance parenting abilities and life skills by offering advice and guidance and mirroring of good parenting.

·         Contribute to ongoing risk assessments on families, acting decisively to protect children.

·         Undertake childcare when required for families in residence (babysitting)

·         Ability to ascertain and take into account views of service users.

·         Take part in all opportunities for training including Paediatric 1st Aid, Conflict Management and Advanced Safeguarding.

·         Undertake escort duties where necessary whether by foot, private car or public transport.  Car drivers are required to have car insurance for business use.

·         Provide a non-judgmental and welcoming atmosphere within the Centre taking into account religious, racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and special needs.

·         Ensure Data Protection procedures are adhered to, and that all files and personal information is held securely.

·         Promote a positive multi-disciplinary approach to the centre by demonstrating a professional manner.  Using experience gained, be prepared to challenge ideas and stereotypes.  To promote positive images through a wide range of resources and materials.

·         To ensure that equipment is clean, safe and maintained to a high standard.

·         Communicate and liaise with all professionals as part of working in partnership and good practice.

·         To formulate and implement care plan during and following a family’s residential placement; to make outreach visits as part of the ongoing assessment and ensure that the purpose of the outreach is compatible with the aims of the care plan.

 

Administrative Work:

·         Undertake detailed recording of observations, using the FA&SS Assessment Framework

·         Keep up-to-date records by maintaining clear and succinct family files.

·         Implement health and safety regulations.

·         Report building maintenance matters.

·         Implement Health and Safety regulations.  Regularly undertake room inspections

·         When required, cover the office, taking phone calls, answering the door and dealing with queries.

 

Teamwork and Professional Contact:

·         Be familiar with FAASS Safeguarding Procedures and current legislation.

·         Participate actively in the ethos of a skilled professional team, attending team meetings, supervision and training opportunities.

·         Work in partnership with social workers, Psychologist, health visitors and other involved agencies sharing information as appropriate and building good communications links.

·         Attend professionals’ meetings, planning meetings, child looked after reviews, core group meetings, and any other relevant professional meeting.

·         Actively support the development of the service and proactively share ideas for improving practice.

·         To ensure lone working procedures are adhered to, checking in as required, to ensure personal safety.

·         Any other duties that may be requested from time to time directly relating to the function of the authority.

 

Other

·         To support the Registered Manager’s objective in ensuring the home is always Ofsted ready and prepare to achieve and maintain an Ofsted rating of at least Good, with Outstanding being the goal within 3 years.

·         To maintain a child-centered approach, fundamental to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every child. To keep the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.

·         To work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and always promote and ensure equality in practice.

·         To take responsibility for own professional development, maintaining essential qualifications, regularly updating knowledge, and undertaking all training opportunities provided by the company.

·         To be responsible for the implementation of the Health & Safety Policy as far as it affects your role, colleagues and others who may be affected by the role.

·         Since confidential information is involved with the duties of this post you will be required to always exercise discretion and to observe relevant codes of practice and legislation in relation to data protection and personal information.

 

Skills/Qualifications/Experience (Essential/Desirable):
  • A minimum Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (or be working towards this qualification)
  • Basic knowledge of current legislation and regulations in relation to managing a residential children’s home.
  • Good knowledge of safeguarding and protecting children from harm.
  • To have flexibility to provide cover for sickness, holiday and emergency situations.
  • To hold a full UK driving license and have access to a car that is fully insured, with business usage, and has a valid MOT.
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • The ability to communicate well and clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • A valuing of diversity in relation to issues of ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, and sexuality.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to the need for confidentiality.
  • A willingness to increase knowledge and understanding of issues through continuous professional development.

 

Please note that duties in this job description is not exhaustive and could be subject to change.

We encourage a diverse workforce which reflects the communities we serve. To achieve this, we aim to respect personal differences and promote fairness and dignity for all. We are committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

We follow a robust Safer Recruitment process.  All appointments are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks, including a satisfactory criminal record check with Barred List check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Our Core Values

INSPIRE

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ENJOY

Achieving a great outcome, in a way that is central to our approach – with passion, fun and positivity!

DIVERSITY

Creating a new opportunity for ‘inclusivity’ or a way to celebrate diversity!

CREATIVITY

Introducing fresh and dynamic ways of creating positive outcomes for children and young people!

OPPORTUNITY

Seizing the opportunity to do something different – but amazing, at Fusion!

GROW, EVOLVE AND ADAPT

Personally contributing to our growth and success at Fusion in a way that is ‘above and beyond’ the norm!

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Fusion Fostering Limited, incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 07819299 whose registered office is at Old Mill, Maltravers House, Petters Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1SH.

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