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Family Workers (Various Hours) (Purbeck, East and North Dorset)

Salary details: £22183 - £25991

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Dorset Council
Ferndown, Sturminster Newton, Wareham
Occupational group
Children's Social Work
Salary details
£22,183 - £25,991 (FTE)
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Gemma Watts
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Closing Date
01 December 2020
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We are seeking full time and part time Grade 8/Level 1 Family Workers in Purbeck, based in Wareham; East Dorset, based in Ferndown; and North Dorset, based in Blandford or Sturminster Newton.

You will be supporting either the Children's Social Care or Early Help teams, both will involve direct working with children and families; creating, supporting and contributing to multi agency plans and interventions to improve outcomes and life chances for children and young people in Dorset.

For further information about the roles please contact gemma.watts@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Interview dates: 9th/10th/11th December

What you will be doing

This role will be responsible for the delivery of support to children, young people and families in localities, taking a whole family approach.

At Grade 8 - the post holder will:

  •  Undertake 1:1, group, and outreach work
  •  Deliver direct work with children, young people, parents and families in the family home and other community locations
  •  Convene and attend team around the family meetings and reviews
  •  Use relevant case management systems, databases and business intelligence tools as directed by the Team Manager
  • Provide information, advice and guidance to children, young people and families
  • Co-work cases with other professionals including social workers
  • Assess parenting skills and help people to build physical and emotional caring abilities through a range of practical activities
  • Deliver parenting and behaviour management support to children and families
  • Support families during statutory child protection processes
  • Keep up to date with knowledge of local service provision
  • Coach, mentor and motivate families to make and sustain changes
  • Stay with families during crisis situations

About you

  • You will have experience working with and supporting children and/or families.
  • You will be dedicated to improving outcomes for Dorset's children and young people.
  • You will be self motivated, dedicated to children and families and used to working in a fast paced environment.
  • You will demonstrate and role model Responsibility, Respect, Recognition and Collaboration, in line with Dorset's behaviours and values.

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit www.DorsetCouncil.gov.uk/about 

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

For further information on our policy on safeguarding children and young people please click here

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

This post involves working with children or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them and will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information


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