We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated practitioner who can think outside the box, have a can-do attitude, and an ability to do work creatively to support children and families as part of our Intensive Support Service.
This is a hands-on role working intensively with a small group of complex families. You will be a key part of the plan in place to make improvements to address key worries such as neglect, poor home conditions, and safety and wellbeing of children, and you will work alongside social workers and other partners to provide a holistic support package.
You will work intensively in family homes and out in the community, visiting your families multiple times a week for extended visits to really get to know them and understand what works for them and their wider support network.
You will provide practical support, modelling skills and walking alongside families to make and sustain changes. Some of these families will have had a lot of service support in the past and as a service we are keen to challenge old ways of working, and to work creatively in ways that work for families.
We love to identify and build on strengths to build resilience and skills, all the while empowering families towards a safe and positive lifestyle – if this sounds like something you are also passionate about, we would love to hear from you.
The person we are looking for
Applications from those considering a career in children’s social work are also welcomed as this is a perfect opportunity to gain valuable, frontline experience of working with children, young people and their families in a varied, fast-paced environment alongside the children’s safeguarding team.
Our offer to you
The intensive family support offer is a developing service within Children and Young Peoples Support and Safeguarding offer. Within our service we have three locality-based teams, each led by an experienced Team Manager. Although you will be based in one locality, you must be prepared to travel across other localities should the need present. We are a diverse bunch, with a range of professional backgrounds, including education, family support, social work, mental health and youth work.
We love to share skills and are embarking on a programme of training and development for the service, including recording and writing for children, signs of safety, early years development, language, and direct work tools so this is an ideal time to join our teams.
We are proud to share good practice and try new approaches and are quickly carving out an excellent reputation for our service.
In addition to our service offer to you, as part of ERYC we also offer a range of staff benefits including flexible working as we know life outside work is just as important.
‘You can, I can, We can’
We have created a bespoke practice model that reflects and connects our vision, our value base and our behaviour as one East Riding of Yorkshire approach to working with children, young people and their families, which is nurtured and grown from within East Riding of Yorkshire CYPSSS and owned by our workforce.
We remain committed to Signs of Safety as a practice framework, but this will be set within a much wider, values based, model of practice that clearly connects Signs of Safety much more clearly with the East Riding value base, and our overall approach to making and sustaining relationships with children, families and communities.
Without a well embedded model, there is nothing to centre our practice on to ensure that, while the work may be different, all of our teams are grounded in the same values, beliefs, theories and approaches. Having a well-developed practice model helps to create a common language for the service and enables everyone to understand how we go about doing the right things, in the right way and for the right reasons for children and their families.
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The Council offers many remote working opportunities as part of our commitment to providing flexibility wherever possible for our employees.
The Council is undertaking a review of pay and reward as part of its ambitions to attract and retain employees by having effective pay and development structures in place to support modern ways of working and to support the provision of Council services which meet local priorities. Please note that the future terms and conditions of this post may change following the outcome of this review.
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Some travel across East Riding of Yorkshire may be required, applicants must be able to transport themselves.
This post is subject to an enhanced DBS clearance check.
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