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Family Support Worker

Organisation
OTHER ORGANISATIONS
Business/Department
WAVE MUTLI ACADEMY TRUST
Work Location
Wave Shoreline Academy, Barnstaple 
Pupils on Roll
Pupils on Roll
Reference
KH/19/03445
Occupational group
Education Support
Salary details
£18,870 - £21,074 pro rata
Job term
Permanent
Appointment type
Full Time
Hours
37 hours per week, term time only
Closing Date
28 February 2019
Interview date
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Reports to: Family Support Manager

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 team within the academy, this role will work in collaboration with a variety of agencies which, together with AAC, will provide help and support for young people.
The Family Support Worker will work under the direction of the Senior Leadership Team and will complement the work of the Family Support Manager.
This role will use a ‘whole family’ approach, focusing on the strengths and difficulties within the family. This role will enable parents’ recognition that their children’s cognitive development and learning is important, as is the instilling of values, aspirations and support for the development of wider interpersonal and social skills.
This role will promote the importance of consistent school attendance and engagement with education.
This role will play a key part 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;
- 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;
- Use a structured approach to gather and record information.

Duties:
- 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 and advocating for them when necessary;
- Contribute to the APAs attendance strategy;
- 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;
- Initiate CAF/Early Support, act as Lead Professional and attend, and contribute to, multi-agency meetings 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 maintain appropriate records in accordance with APA policy;
- To challenge current processes and offer ways to improve through continuous development;
- To participate in AAC Performance Management systems;
- 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 carry out any other duties as required by the APA.

Person Specification
Attributes
Essential
Desirable
How Identified
Relevant Experience:

- Successful track record in promoting children’s rights/needs through family focussed support work;
- Display personal and interpersonal development and team-working skills;
- 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;
- Have the ability to develop and use a structured approach to gather and record information about the child’s, young person’s and family’s contact with services;
- Totally pupil focussed;
- Confident;
- Motivated;
- Empathetic;
- Evidence of challenge and support;
- Proactively plan, organise and manage workload;
- Undertake analysis and synthesis of complex information;
- Display robust self-management skills with regard to problem-solving;
- Practitioner of Evidence-Based Practice;
- Knowledge of processes and systems in an educational establishment;
- Application, interview and reference.

Education and Training
- Relevant Level 3 (social work/youth work/education/nursing) or other professional experience or qualifications/experience in public or statutory sector;
- Application and sight of certificate.

Special Knowledge and Skills:
- Be an excellent communicator, who can demonstrate your ability to influence and negotiate at a variety of levels;
- Be able to demonstrate that you can work effectively as part of a team, showing flexibility and a desire to innovate and develop best practice;
- Have the ability to influence and contribute to an organisational climate that promotes open dialogue and supports reflection, critical thinking and constructive challenge.

Any Additional Factors:
- Ability to travel at short notice and at unsociable hours;
- Interview and reference.

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

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