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Social Worker - Family Drug and Alcohol Court

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Our Values

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

FDAC, Family Drug and Alcohol Court, is a problem-solving court, where parents are assessed and offered an intensive intervention from a multi-disciplinary team, offering Trauma-Informed and Relationship-Based Intervention where their children are subject to care proceedings where substance misuse has been a feature of their parenting difficulties. The team works directly with the parents with the hope that they can overcome their difficulties in the timeframe for the child, and support permanency for the child in a time-focused manner. 

Coventry FDAC is a well-established and nationally recognised team for innovative practice within the public sector. The specialist multi-disciplinary FDAC team has developed and refined its knowledge of working with parental substance misuse. The Team’s combined skills and expertise offer an accessible and holistic approach to parent/s to overcome their difficulties to achieve abstinence. The Two elements of the intervention are – Can the parent overcome their difficulties in the timeframe for the child and can they provide safe enough care? 

In May 2019 the DfE asked Local Authorities to support and invest in families and in practice. The Supporting Families Investing in Practice programme, provided investment through grant funding to develop and expand the Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC). 

Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council have through the DfE Supporting families by investing in practice grant funding to expand the existing FDAC team in Coventry to provide a service to Warwickshire families as well.

What is the job role?

We are looking for an experienced Social Worker to join our team.

You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, experienced in assessing and intervening with families in a child-focused way to assess and manage risk in relation to substance misuse.

Relationship-based practice and problem-solving skills are key skills and experience in working within the Court process.

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 experienced Social Worker who has knowledge of assessment and intervention in parental substance misuse.

You will use solution focussed approaches to promote the best outcomes for children, young people, and their families and use motivational interviewing to promote change. 

You will have the ability to use a range of evidence-based interventions to effect change with Parents whose children are subject to care proceedings as a result of parental substance misuse and demonstrable experience of working effectively with service users and carers, colleagues, and other agencies via negotiation, counselling, giving and receiving information.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview date(s):


About Coventry

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and it was the UK City of Culture 2021. We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons as you can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Opportunity for Salary Match and Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 
  • Lifestyle savings
  • Salary Sacrifice Schemes; Car Scheme, Cycle to work and more
  • Interest-free travel loans
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Workplace parking scheme
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption Leave
  • And much more


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