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Family Support Worker

Suffolk

Between £8.30-10.00 Per Hour

Full Time

Break

Closing Date: 21/08/22

Family Support Worker

Salary: Qualified rate £20,933 starting salary rising to £21,433 upon completion of probation.    Unqualified rate £20,321 starting salary rising to £20,685 probation period.

Hours:  38 hours per week

Location:  Lowestoft, Suffolk

About Break:

Nobody chooses the family or circumstances they are born into. At Break we firmly believe that with the right care, there is no limit to what can be achieved.

We work across East Anglia with children and young people on the edge of care, in care and leaving care. Whether you’re interested in working in our residential homes and short breaks for children with disabilities, our pioneering Staying Close Staying Connected project or vital essentials like our Family Assessment Centre and wraparound care offer, one thing is universal: you’ll be joining a team of passionate and dedicated individuals who want the very best for the young people they care for.

At Break we invest in the future of our staff just as we do for the young people in our services. We strive to provide the highest quality of care, so whether you’re just starting your career in children’s social care or are already qualified, you’ll be supported, recognised and rewarded for your essential part in our vital work.

About the Role:

You will be working in our Residential Family Assessment Centre, supporting parents in developing and improving their parenting skills through teaching, encouragement and the facilitation of change whilst also ensuring children are safe.  You will have a rolling Rota over a 2 week period and be expected to work every other weekend.  We have a number of shift patterns that all of our Family Support Workers work to including, Earlies, Days and Late shifts, there will also be paid sleep ins.

The role is highly varied: You can expect to be supporting parents to learn about their child, introducing them to play activities, teaching them about the importance of health and wellbeing not only for their child but for themselves, role modelling and taking the families for trips out or supporting them to access local baby groups.  You will be part of a small assessment team around the family completing weekly reviews, contributing to risk assessments and participating in regular case discussions.  You will observe parenting and complete observations alongside direct work and support, all of which will help form the overall assessment of parenting.  You will also support the team with taking on different responsibilities throughout the year to support the running of the service such as being a fire marshal, completing weekly group activities program or helping to complete the weekly food shop.

We are looking for passionate and emotionally resilient people who thrive in a team environment, who have a focus on relationship building and understand its importance, as well as being flexible enough to adapt to the families you are supporting.

In your role, you’ll have access to the following benefits:

  • Free, career-enhancing qualifications
  • A “golden hello” scheme welcoming you to our services, with £250 paid to you one month after your start date and a second £250 at the six month mark.
  • A referral scheme offering the same two payments as the golden hello if you recommend a contact who goes on to be employed by Break.
  • A benefits platform enabling you to access discounts across a range of shops, venues and services.
  • A free counselling service to all our employees.
  • The opportunity to influence Break’s strategy and direction through the Staff Consultation Forum.
  • Life assurance to the value of 3x your annual salary.
  • Enhanced sick pay.
  • Free flu jabs.

Full details of the role, including a job description and person specification can be found within the ‘documents’ section at the top of this page.

To apply use the ‘apply now’ button at the top of this page to be taken to our application site.

Closing Date:  21.08.2022 (we reserve the right to close this vacancy, without prior warning, as and when suitable candidates apply and are interviewed)

The first interview will be a Safe Care/ Warner style interview. If successful after the first interview, candidates will then be expected to attend a formal interview.

Break operate services for vulnerable children and families and we need to ensure that we take steps to protect both them and our staff teams from the transmission of the Covid 19 virus. It is therefore a requirement for all staff unless they provide evidence of an appropriate medical exemption to be able to meet at least two of the following three requirements 1) Maintain a full vaccination status (including any recommend booster injections) 2) Undertake LFT / PCR or other approved Covid tests as required 3) Wear PPE including e.g. face masks when requested.

To comply with the Immigration Asylum & Nationality Act 2006 and additional amendments, and UK Visa’s and Immigration (UKVI) requirements, all prospective employees will be asked to supply evidence of eligibility to work in the UK. We will ask to see and take a copy of an appropriate official document as set out in the UKVI guidelines. Do not send anything now, further information will be sent to you should you be invited to interview.

We are committed to equality of opportunity. Your current immigration status will not be taken into account when assessing your application against the selection criteria for the post. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

For more information on this job opportunity, please initially email or call the HR Team via the contact details found on our website.

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