Family Time Support Worker


Family Time Support Worker

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £19,698 to £21,748 per annum
  • Closing date: Sunday October 25th, 2020 11:59pm
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A bit about us

We are Somerset County Council’s Children’s Social Care Family Time Team and we have a 6 month fixed term opportunity for a Family Time Support Worker based in Mendip and South Somerset.

We provide a safe and supportive environment for children who are separated from their families to spend time with their parents and other relatives.  We assess the quality of this time and offer advice and support for parents to help them provide safe and fun care.

We also have a permanent opportunity based in Taunton which you can view on our website.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

You will work as part of small teams, coordinating and supervising positive time between children who are looked after and their families. This is an exciting opportunity to work directly with families in Children’s Social Care to make a positive difference for children.

To ensure that parents are able to see their children at a time that best meets the child’s needs, we have recognised that we need to be as flexible as possible to provide a service outside of normal working hours and when required on Saturdays.

We offer a full induction, regular supervision and ongoing development and training.

A few things about you

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate the skills to make positive non-judgemental relationships with families, a working understanding of child development and the ability to communicate with adults and children and on occasion manage distress and ensure a positive and safe environment.

As the role involves supervising contact for Children Looked After with their family and friends. You will need:

  • Some experience of working with children, young people & families, preferably to Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce, or a willingness to work towards this.
  • An understanding of the skills required to engage with children, young people and families.
  • Excellent communication skills, attention to detail and a broad range of IT skills with a minimum of GCSE Grade C/Level 4 (or equivalent) in Maths and English.
  • Use of a car and a full driving licence are essential as there is an expectation to drive children and their families as part of the role.

Additional information

For further information about this post, please contact:

Heidi Carey on 07977 400641, HCarey@somerset.gov.uk

All interviews will be taking place virtually over Microsoft Teams.

Interviews will be held on 3 November 2020.

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.