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Family Support Practitioner

Suffolk County Council
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  • £20,903 pro rata (£10.84 ph)
  • Casual / no guaranteed hours
  • County-wide

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Contact Services Team as a Casual Family Support Practitioner working from Suffolk.

  • Would you like to work in an incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding role?
  • Are you passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in Suffolk?
  • Do you have a suitable practitioner level qualification at Level 3 or equivalent experience in relevant area of work experience of supporting children and young people?

Your role

  • you will provide supervised contact for children and their families and undertake direct work with a range of children and young people
  • the role is likely to require you to transport children, so you must hold a full valid driving licence and have access to personal transport
  • you will act as a catalyst for change working directly alongside children, young people and their families, writing reports and working along side the social worker to enable the best out comes
  • be responsible for keeping accurate and timely records of work with children, young people and families and writing relevant reports using electronic or other systems as directed.

Your responsibilities, you will:

  • have the ability to develop positive relationships with children and families who are experiencing some challenging and stressful difficulties and that you are able to do this in a way that ensures children remain safe and supported
  • have proven and relevant knowledge and experience of working directly with children and their families on a range of intervention, development, attachment, play and learning
  • be responsible for recognising and appropriately responding to safeguarding and risk issues.

The team

  • Suffolk County Council’s Children and Young People's Service that has been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted
  • The team values teamwork, a solution focused approach and positive working relationships

We will offer you:

  • an excellent opportunity to gain experience in working in the social care field with a view to using this as a stepping stone for further professional development as well as the opportunity for you to utilise your past experience in working with children and young people
  • opportunities for career development supported by induction, in-house training and other learning opportunities.  

Travelling requirements for your role: 
This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact:

  • West Suffolk: Julia Crittall on 07872 416718
  • Ipswich and South Suffolk: Sharon Wallis on 07834 006262
  • Lowestoft and Waveney: Andi Spalding on (01502) 674745

For further details and to apply for this role, please click here

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share
this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

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