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Early Help Worker (Unit) - Social Work, Family Support, Case Holding

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

Role Responsibility

About Intensive Early Help:

Kent’s Early Help and Preventative Services aim to promote family resilience, not reliance. It means taking action to support a child, young person or their family early in the life of a presenting issue or as soon as it emerges. Support can be required at any stage in a child’s life from pre-birth into adulthood. Our vision is that families will receive Intensive Early Help services in a timely and responsive way, so that children and young people are safeguarded, their educational, social and emotional needs are met.

The guiding principles within Early Help Intensive Units are that we work with Children, Young People and their families to:

  • Build on families existing resources with a culture of high aspiration and empathy
  • Build family well-being and resilience that leads to sustained change
  • Listen to the voice of children, young people and families and using their voice to shape our support
  • Join up services to support families at the right time and in the right place, with a focus on reducing transitions

About the role and main responsibilities:

You will work within an Intensive Early Help Unit which are composed of a Unit Lead, Senior Early Help Worker(s) and Early Help Workers supported by an administrative officer. Working together using a strengths-based systemic approach, the unit undertakes direct work and casework with children, young people and families of all ages who require intensive support for multiple and complex issues.

We currently have vacancies in West Kent area: Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling Districts. 

This role requires you to assess the needs and develop intervention plans that aim to prevent the need to involve a specialist service. You will support children, young people and their families who are impacted by a broad range of issues and your interventions will include;

  • Issue-based direct work with children and young people to promote change and work in partnership with other services to get the best support for families
  • Parenting support to reduce the negative impact on children and young people’s physical development, emotional wellbeing, enhance their learning and life chances. The issues impacting on the lives of children and young people may include; Domestic Abuse, Parental Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Learning Needs, Finances and Poverty, Emerging Neglect plus many more.

About you:

You will hold a relevant diploma (or level 3 equivalent) in childcare, health, social care, youth justice, education, youth work or another relevant field with experience of working with children or families within one of these areas.

Having the ability to create a rapport and build relationships with children, young people and families, you will be able to gather and interpret information from a range of sources. You will be required to access computer-based recording systems and therefore will need to confidently use IT software and equipment.

You will have knowledge of safeguarding and child protection and relevant legislation and regulatory frameworks. You will be flexible in your approach and committed to helping to develop creative ways of working. You will be willing to learn, work collaboratively to innovate and find new solutions, taking personal and professional responsibility for your actions and performance.

Please note, driving is a core function of this role, therefore a Full UK Driving License is required.  The Council is committed to making reasonable adjustments so whilst this job requires the job holder to drive, your application will still be considered if you are unable to drive due to a disability. 

About your application - Please read:

Within the ‘Reason for Application’ section of your application, please demonstrate how you meet the criteria within the person specification attached to the Job Description.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As a KCC Employee there are significant benefits such as continued professional development, Local Government Pension Scheme and access to Kent Rewards which provides discounts on many local and national brands for services and products.  

The interview will consist of an interview panel and a written test. Interviews may take place in person be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Please note - if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as interviews may take place earlier than the specified closing date should we receive a number of suitably qualified candidates applying. Therefore, the closing date for this advert may also be earlier than stated.

Contact Details

For further information regarding this role, please contact the hiring manager:

Contact Name: Vicky Burbidge
Contact Phone Number: 0300 0419 589

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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