Short Breaks Support 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 Children’s Services has a specialist Children Disability Team (CDT) which provides support to children and young people up to the age of 18 who have a lifelong learning/physical disability.
The CDT is passionate about working with children, families and other professionals to achieve the best outcomes for vulnerable children. The team undertake children and family assessments and works with children in need, children subject to child protection plans and looked after children. A multi-disciplinary approach is modelled in the team in partnership with both universal and mainstream services to support children, young people and their families.
What is the job role?
This is an exciting opportunity to support children and young people with disabilities to have fun, play, and experience enjoyable activities, achieving positive outcomes as well as giving parents/carers the opportunity to have a short break.
The role involves being responsible for leading and arranging activities for children and young people with disabilities aged 5 - 18 years within Coventry in a group setting and on a one-to-one basis.
This is a city-wide service via both building-based and outdoor-based activities from venues such as Broad Park House, Family Hubs, and assorted sports centres.
The working hours are 10.25 hours per week in line with service needs, which will cover evenings, weekends and school holidays. The rota will be provided on a termly basis.
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?
We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative, warm and nurturing person who has experience working with children and young people on a 1-1 and/or group setting, and with an understanding of disabilities and challenging behaviour in formal settings.
We are also looking for someone who can demonstrate skills that engage children in activities relevant to their individual needs, personal, social, intellectual, and cultural development.
Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for further details.
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'
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
Coventry City Council