Job ID 1261674
Career Level Manager
Early Help Practitioner 0-19
Purpose of Job:
The 0-19 Early Help Service delivers early help assessments and family support interventions to children, young people and families across the borough. The post holder will provide flexible, practical and evidenced based support to children and their families utilising a range of strengths based approaches to build resilience and promote improved outcomes and life opportunities.
* To provide a flexible and responsive service to children and young people at times when they need it, including weekends and evenings
* To undertake Early Help Assessments to determine children and young people's needs
* To deliver a range of Early Intervention activities and programmes for children, young people and families
* To deliver flexible and targeted outreach support across the 0-19 age range
* To work as part of the locality hub team undertaking Early Help (EH) Assessments and associated work as allocated by the Multi-Agency Early Help Panel and as directed by the Team Manager
* Ensure that children and young people are engaged in programmes and activities that are designed to enhance their social, intellectual, emotional and physical wellbeing.
* Work collaboratively with a range of statutory and non-statutory agencies to improve children and young people's circumstances and outcomes
* Prevent children and young people from escalating into statutory Social Care and Youth Offending interventions by preventing family breakdown through early identification, assessment and intervention
* Undertake Early Help assessments including identifying any risk to children, young people and their families and escalating immediately to line manager and through agreed processes.
* Provide evidenced based early help interventions to children, young people and their families to support the management of problems and improve their outcomes.
* Undertake direct work with children, young people and their families in a range of settings including their homes, schools and communities.
* Establish rapport and build trusted relationships with children, young people and their families to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning actions to achieve and sustain change
* To provide support and challenge to families to empower them to identify and build on their strengths, supporting them to change and develop
* To deliver programmes and group activities designed to build resilience by supporting children, young people and their families in their local community across the 0-19 age range
* Be aware of all relevant legislation and guidance including the London Child Protection Procedures and the concept of significant harm and to take immediate steps supported by line manager to ensure the safety of children in situations of risk, and to report concerns as soon as possible using agreed procedures.
Key to role:
Experience (two years or more) in either a paid or voluntary capacity working with children, young people or families.
Experience of working collaboratively, with professionals to enable effective joint working and positive outcomes for families
Ability to undertake (continuum of need) Early help Assessments and act as Lead Professional, delivering direct interventions and co-ordinating services for children, young people and families
A good working knowledge and understanding of legislation, policy, procedure and guidance in relation to children in need and at risk of harm and wider children's services.
Ability to work with children and young people who present challenging behaviour. Qualifications
GCE, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in a related field to children and young people
Current and enchaned DBS
Flexibility to work unsociable hours and / or weekends