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Early Help Worker

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

Role Responsibility

KCC Early Help Vision is that every child and young person, from 0 to 19 (25) years and their family, who needs early help services will receive them in a timely and responsive way, so that they are safeguarded, their educational, social and emotional needs are met and outcomes are good, and they are able to contribute positively to their communities now and in the future, including their active engagement in learning and employment.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Early Help Worker to join our dynamic Early Help Intensive Units in the Canterbury District  to continue the positive work we are doing in the area.

You will hold a Level 3 diploma (or equivalent) in childcare, Health, Social Care, Youth Justice, Education, Youth Work or a relevant field with experience in a relevant role or evidence of relevant experience.  You will manage a workload of complex cases, providing a high quality, effective and responsive service for children, young people, and their families, targeting support as required at critical times and stages of development.  The issues may include domestic abuse, mental health issues, prevention of the need for statutory social care intervention, children and young people experiencing significant attendance or behavioral difficulties, parenting intervention, and step-downs from Children’s Social Work Services.

You will have the ability to build relationships with children, young people and their families.  You will be able to gather and interpret information, undertake family assessments, and deliver 1:1 work, tailored to the needs of individual children/families, underpinned by the Signs of Safety Model. You will have knowledge of safeguarding, child protection and regulatory frameworks. You will work closely with a range of partner agencies, including schools. You will need to work collaboratively to innovate and find new solutions, taking personal and professional responsibility for your actions and performance.

The ability to travel in a timely and flexible manner across the wide geographical area of the Canterbury District at various times of the day is essential.

This role is subject to holding a Full UK Driving Licence – The Council is committed to making reasonable adjustments so whilst this job requires the jobholder to drive your application will still be considered if you are unable to drive due to a disability.

Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

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.

Interviews will be held on  Friday 24th April 2024.


Contact Details

If you have any questions, please contact Maryann Hawks, Unit Lead at or 03000 422110.

About the Company

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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, faiths and those with caring responsibilities, 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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