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Early Help Worker - Unit

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

Role Responsibility

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

  • Do you want to make a difference to children and family’s lives?
  • Do you want to work in an inclusive environment where no two days are the same?
  • Are you a confident communicator who thrives when working with others?
  • Do you enjoy working with other services to support families?


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 wellbeing 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 underpinned by our Practice Framework, 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.

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;

  • 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 challenges impacting on the lives of children and young people may include; Domestic Abuse, Parental Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Learning Needs, Finances and Poverty, Special Educational Needs, Emerging Neglect plus many more.
  • Creating a support network for families


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

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.


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.



Assessment and Interviews will be held on Wednesday 1st March 2023

Contact Details

For further details about this role, please contact the hiring managers

Raj Tomsett, Unit Lead Ashford 

Telephone 03000 410465



Amanda Weston, Unit Lead Ashford 

Telephone 03000 419150



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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