Job Title: Family Practitioner
Responsible to: Senior Practitioner Manager– Seen Heard Believed Project and ultimately the Safer Communities Board of Directors
Salary: Starting salary £22,201.09 rising to £23,506.94 on completion of Trauma Informed Training (2% Cost of Living pending decision)
Location: Corvette House or as directed by Safer Communities and in partnership with Early Intervention Family Support Project
Hours and Terms: 37hrs Fixed Term contract ending June 2023 subject to an extension to June 2024
There will be an expectation of some evening and weekend working as dictated by the project need.
Context of the Seen Heard Believed Project (SHB)
The Seen Heard Believed Project is a partnership project between Safer Communities and Middlesbrough Council and funded from a variety of external partners including the Colonel Cohen Trust and the KPMG Foundation.
The role of the Families Practitioner is to provide a Trauma Informed approach in working with ‘whole families’ in recognition that one member of the family’s trauma can affect the whole family. Families can be involved with the project for as long it is needed for them to be able to take control in their own lives. Whilst the case may close for intensive support, Practitioners will be expected to ‘check-in’ to ensure the intervention remains a success
Whilst the job is closely aligned to mainstream statutory services this work is to demonstrate additionality and as such will be evaluated as a stand-alone project; the role of the practitioner is to ensure that the impact of the VCSE is recorded; has increased new opportunities to families at the early stages of vulnerability, risk and those measurable outcomes are monitored and recorded throughout the intervention as evidence of change.
Co-working cases alongside a Lead Practitioner – 25 children/young people
The role of the Family Practitioner is to co-work families alongside the Stronger Families Practitioners within Early Help and are showing the early signs of vulnerability and exclusion.
Model and Expectation of Service Delivery
Seen Heard Believed uses Trauma Informed Practice and Principles in engaging with families; the Family Practitioner will be expected to deliver interventions using these same methodologies.
Key values of working with families:
✔ Treat people with respect and dignity
✔ Respect and promote people’s rights to take control and make their own informed choices and decisions (empowerment)
✔ Ensure the safety and welfare of children and young people is paramount
✔ Recognise boundaries both professional and personal within the delivery practice.
✔ Demonstrate – empathy, consistency and boundaries
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
● Deliver intensive family centred interventions/support to families referred into the team, in a timely and appropriate manner and that these interventions/support:
o Lead to improved outcomes for the individuals and families
o Link with the community in order that families are able to maintain control of their own lives after/during the intervention
o Meet the identified needs of the family
● Provide and or link to specialist interventions that meet the needs of young people to improve the effects of ACE’s.
● Carry a client caseload, providing assessments; action plans; and which demonstrate progress toward positive outcome/changes of behaviours.
● Support in the delivery of multi-agency meetings in order to ensure the best outcomes for the families involved.
● Advocate on behalf of families/individuals – gaining consent; negotiate packages of support with a range of stakeholders (if required and or appropriate)
● Manage a case management system uploading factual, accurate and appropriate data that demonstrates the invention/support provides.
● Produce/prepare performance reports; data analysis in preparation of evaluations
● Network and liaise with partners and other providers in the furtherance of supported family interventions.
● Undertake professional development training commensurate with the responsibilities of the role.
● Act as Lead Practitioner for Families that have made good progress through Stronger Families to continue the Trauma Informed Support to achieve sustained change.
● Participate in training; supervision as required
● Identify gaps and opportunities to broaden the offer to families that support their recovery and or improve outcomes.
NOTE: As a developing project the above roles and responsibilities may change over time as such the organisations reserves the right to vary tasks within the salary grade.
● Safer Communities is committed to the active promotion and practice of equal opportunities as an employer and in the provision of services. It is the responsibilities of every member of staff to ensure the practical application of this policy.
● Under the Health & Safety at Work Act, all employees are required to take care of their own health and that of other employees in the company as their statutory duty.
● Follow all organisational and legislative Safeguarding Policies and Procedures
● From time to time, the role may require attendance at meetings and other events outside of normal working hours, and/or outside the Locality, to meet the needs of management and key stakeholders Flexibility in working hours and location, as per contract of employment, with a reasonable consideration for personal circumstances and needs.
● It is advantage to hold a full driving licence and have access to a vehicle for work purposes.
● This job is subject to safer recruitment procedures including an Enhanced DBS Check and follows the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.
NOTE: As a developing project the above roles and responsibilities may change over time as such the organisations reserves the right to vary tasks within the salary grade
In recognition that this is a new and developing project we would expect that training and upskilling is required:
Skills and Attributes
Experience of using IT systems and computer-based packages, including managing information on a database; creating; populate and analysis data
Ability to manage own workload within a demanding environment
Experience/ability to work with vulnerable and challenging young people (17years + age range)
Experience/ability to work with vulnerable and often challenging adults within a family setting.
Ability to work as an effective member of a team and within partnerships across a variety of sectors.
Effective interpersonal skills (verbal and written)
Active listening skills
Good organisational and time management skills
Able to develop positive relationships with families, children and young people in order to deliver timely interventions based upon their identified needs.
Understand and maintain professional and personal boundaries
Knowledge and Qualifications
Educated to Degree Level or equivalent in Youth & Community and or Social Care or can demonstrate transferrable skills and theorical knowledge of children and family services or can demonstrate ‘field based’ experience for a minimum of 2 years.
Have a knowledge of the Criminal Justice System
Experience of carrying out assessment to identify the needs of young people and the risks they present, able to create action plans and goal setting with young people.
Able to use resources and tools to support families and young people’s goals and aspirations
Understanding of the locality and the local voluntary sector and other youth agencies.
Understand Trauma Informed Practice and Principles
Understanding of Adverse Child Experience and its long-term effects
Valuing Diversity – demonstrates and understand of working within anti-discriminatory practice and can demonstrate an understanding of the negative effects of discrimination and prejudice.
Sound knowledge of, and experience in, matters of safeguarding (training is mandatory)
Work related circumstances
Ability to work unsocial hours including evenings and weekends including residential stays
We would expect our staff to hold a full driving licence and be use their car for business purposes.
Active commitment to continuous personal professional development and workforce development.
Attend supervision, clinical supervision and additional training as required.