Are you interested in working with families from diverse backgrounds that need help to make changes in their lives?
Would like to be part of an established, friendly team of people from a range of different professional backgrounds?
Are you a solution-focused problem solver with the ability to communicate effectively with many different types of people?
An exciting opportunity has arisen for experienced individuals to work with families within the Integrated Team for Families and Parenting Service. We are looking for workers from diverse professional and organisational backgrounds e.g. social work, education, early years, and community and voluntary sector projects.
Fixed term for: 24 months
This role is available as a secondment to internal applicants in line with our secondment policy.
For an informal discussion, please contact Emma Waymont - Integrated Team For Families Locality Manager on 07557082664
About the role
You will be supporting families with multiple, complex needs and play a key role in delivering on the wider local Early Help and national Supporting Families programme targets. We are looking for three Family Coaches to work directly with families, taking on the lead professional role; completing whole family assessments, working alongside the family and other organisations to provide a holistic package of support via a family plan that is effective in improving outcomes for children and young people and reduces dependency on higher cost, specialist and statutory services.
A Family Coach will have weekly meetings with the adults in the family in the family home; see the children in school or community settings and hold meetings with other professionals involved with the family. Work with a family can last for up to six months in order for meaningful work to be completed. Needs identified for all family members through the assessment process are worked on through multi-agency meetings and the use of a clear plan which is reviewed regularly. The aim of the work is to help the family to effect sustainable positive changes for the young people with links to support in the community that will last after the intervention finishes.
You will be part of a highly experienced and passionate team based at one of three locations in the city. We provide a full induction and training programme and ongoing support in the form of regular one to one supervision with your line manager; group case discussions with your colleagues; reflective practice groups and monthly full team meetings.
You will need to have experience of working directly with children in need and their families and be able to build strong, meaningful relationships with children from diverse backgrounds, their families and key agencies. The role of Family Coach is extremely varied and requires someone who can work with people of all ages and backgrounds; confidently take on the coordination of all the work involving the family; have an understanding of how all the issues identified affect the wellbeing of the children and maintain momentum to achieve positive outcomes for families.
Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).