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Family Support Manager

Work Location
Wave Shoreline Academy, Barnstaple 
Pupils on Roll
Pupils on Roll
Occupational group
Education Support
Salary details
£27,000 per annum
Job term
Appointment type
Full Time
Closing Date
06 March 2019
Interview date
15 March 2019
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Required to start as soon as possible.

Important Functional Relationships:
Internal - staff within the Academy Trust; parents and students.
External - Headteachers and other school-based staff; FE colleges and other outside providers; other outside agencies, both statutory and non-statutory; any other stakeholder.

Main purpose of job:
As a member of the senior management team of the Trust, this role will work in collaboration with a variety of agencies which, together with Wave MAT, will provide help and support for young people. This role will use a focussed ‘whole family’ approach, focusing on the strengths and difficulties of the whole family and supporting parents recognition that their children’s cognitive development is important, as is instilling of values, aspirations and support for the development of wider interpersonal and social skills. This role will play a key role in the effective safeguarding of children and young people. This is a hands-on role which provides both challenge and support and requires ability to travel widely at unsociable hours.

Professional competencies:
- Display personal and interpersonal development and team-working skills;
- Proactively plan, organise and manage workload;
- Display reflective practice and reflexivity using evidence based practice;
- Undertake analysis and synthesis of complex information;
- Display knowledge and understanding of appropriate use of ICT in an education setting;
- Display integrity and honesty in relationships with all stakeholders;
- Display regular evidence of initiative taking and willing to take action to contribute to the results of the APA;
- Display robust self-management skills with regard to problem solving.

- To act as a children’s educational advocate and to facilitate the educational partnership between home, school, APA and other agencies by support, liaison and negotiation. Give paramount consideration to the welfare of the child ensuring a highly focussed approach, placing the needs of the child above all others;
- To carry a caseload for the APA they are assigned to;
- To liaise and collaborate in joint work with all stakeholders in relation to aspects of young peoples’ general welfare and educational developments;
- Contribute to the APAs attendance strategy;
- Promote collaborative links and relationships with education colleagues, voluntary and statutory agencies and other professionals;
- To promote the Wave MAT early help strategy and initiation of CAF when appropriate;
- To work with young people taking into account their views seeking to strengthen the coping and resiliencies of young people and adults through protective support. Support and understand young people’s social, psychological and educational development, supporting their belonging to family, school and community. Mobilise support for these young people;
- To attend and/or organise/lead any meetings as required;
- To maintain appropriate records, prepare assessments and maintain a system of family files in accordance with the APAs policies, including having delegated responsibility for the Child Protection files;
- To refer any Child Protection concerns to the Multi Agency Referral Unit, following the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board procedures;
- To challenge current processes and offering ways to improve through continuous development;
- Work to the prescribed supervision model where their practice will be observed and reflected upon and their performance will form part of the reporting through performance management;
- Deliver training as and when required;
- To carry out any other duties as required by the APA;
- To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the APA;
- To be aware of, and adhere to, applicable rules, regulations, legislation and procedures, including the APA’s Equal Opportunities Policy and Code of Conduct, national legislation (including Health and Safety, Data Protection);
- The post holder is responsible for his/her own self-development on a continuous basis and may be required to undertake specialist training and development.

To apply, please see the Related Information section.
Your completed application form should be returned to contact@opus-abc.uk.


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