We are currently looking for two people experienced in working with children and adults to join our supportive and committed team supervising family time contact.
The Contact Service is located within Children's social work services. We arrange and deliver supervised contact for children in care (0-18 years old) so they can spend time with their parent’s and close family members.
As a contact supervisor, your priority is to safeguard children and provide with advice and practical support when required. You will need to be confident working with children and parents who have complex relationships with each other and who may arrive for contact feeling confused or stressed. You will be expected to respond professionally in challenging situations and support colleagues to ensure children are safe when spending time with their parents in contact.
Interviews to be held Thursday 8th September
For an informal discussion please email Becki Adams (Contact Service Senior Social on email@example.com) or Nicola Bloom (Contact Service Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org) with your contact details.
About the role
Contact supervisors also work closely with foster carers and social workers. You will be invited to professional meetings to share your observations of the family and write contact recordings which help inform decisions about the child’s care plan. You will need administrate your work effectively within set timescales and practice in accordance with policy and protocols.
Contact work requires
- Knowledge of safeguarding and child development.
- Knowledge of positive parenting skills and strategies that promote healthy child/parent attachment.
- Experience of working with children and adults with emotional and mental health needs
- Good observation skills
- Understanding of anti-racist practice and an awareness of safe working practices.
- Understanding of the challenges and barriers to building relationships
- Good communication, customer service and interpersonal skills in order to work effectively with children, parents, foster carers, team members and social workers
- Good administration, writing and IT skills (Microsoft Office suite, internet and other databases) including the ability to use databases to source and record information
- Confidence and ability to deal sensitively and professionally with difficult or unexpected situations
- Ability to under pressure to time constraints.
- Ability to work independently, be reliable, punctual and a positive team member.
Children's social work Services recognise that we need to do further work to support families and communities who experience racism in the city and to support our Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff. As a council we have made a commitment to being an anti-racist organisation and we have set up an Anti-Racist Project to make sure we achieve this within children's social work services. We have also appointed a Lead Practitioner for Anti-Racist Practice and we are one of the Local Authorities piloting the Workforce Race Equality Standards for social care. We would particularly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background.
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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.
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Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.