Children and Family Worker
It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation.
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About the team we are recruiting to
We value diverse perspectives and experiences and are striving to create a workplace culture that is inclusive, is accepting of all and is free from discrimination and bias.
In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes. Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to children who are looked after.
The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families. It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on intervention and keeping families together.
Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does. We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support, high challenge and manageable caseloads. Children’s Services is proud of its workforce, who are committed, dedicated, and work to a high standard. We are seeking other like minded practitioners who would like to join us. We pride ourselves on building relationships with families and partners and hold respectful practice at the centre of all we do.
Coventry’s Early Help Service is led through eight Family Hubs which are located across the city. The Family Hubs provide services for children, young people and families, and work in partnership with the Social Work Teams and with partner agencies to ensure that children and families are in receipt of the right help at the right time.
Early Help is the identification and response to emerging needs within children and their families, focusing on building resilience as well as providing help at a time when evidence indicates that support can have the most impact. Coventry continues to invest in the Early Help Service and remains proud of the work undertaken by the Family Hubs and its Partners.
What is the job role?
A new opportunity to join a Youth Endowment Funded programme, named: Community Initiative to Reduce Violence. The Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) is a focused deterrence programme that seeks to support children at risk of, or involved in violence. It combines communicating the consequences of violence with support for developing positive routes away from it.
The programme will work in an integrated way with partner agencies to identify and rehabilitate those involved in gangs and county lines. CIRV is holistic and sequences support services, whilst working closely with local policing team to deliver the right support at the right time.
It achieves this by having various 24/7 referral pathways and an integrated recording system that enables a timely response to children and young people. The project involves various agencies including: West Midlands Police, Coventry City Council, the community sector and other partners.
We are looking to recruit two CIRV Children and Family Workers who will be hosted within Children’s Service Coventry City Council and form part of the CIRV multi-agency team. The team will be trained in advanced psychological techniques and work with international experts to achieve its outcomes. The project will be subject to rigorous evaluation, to find out if the model works here in the long term.
We are looking to recruit a worker who is passionate, child centred, enthusiastic, quick thinking and confident in dealing with members of the public, professionals and agencies in order to triage referrals and gather information to enable an accurate initial threshold assessment to be made regarding the support that a child and their family may require.
We’re on a journey to do better for Coventry’s children, and we’re committed to doing things differently and have re-structured our services to make sure that children are at the heart of our decision-making and receive good outcomes.
This is a fixed term position of 28 months due to grant funding.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Who are we looking for?
You will believe in providing a high-quality service that ensures that the child is at the heart of everything we do. You will need to have a positive attitude and the ability to work in a solution focussed way with families. You will be a good team player who is passionate about identifying appropriate interventions for children and families.
To be successful in this role you must have:
- An understanding of child and young people’s development
- Knowledge of Lead Professional role
- Be able to carry out initial assessments
- Experience of intervention work with children & young people
- Experience of intervention work with parents and carers
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'
Interview date: 30th March 2023
Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.
We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.
At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4800 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.
To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.
If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards and benefits package - to find out more please visit https://www.coventry.gov.uk/council-vacancies
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