Professional Practitioner – Family Intervention Service
Somerset County Council have an exciting opportunity for a Professional Practitioner position within our Family Intervention Service in Shepton Mallet and Taunton. The Family Intervention Service (FIS) is a specialist county-wide service, which offers support and interventions to children, young people, and their families. We deliver a bespoke intervention package working with them at an early stage to help them stay safe and reduce the risks of family breakdown.
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great learning and development opportunities, along with a very supportive leadership team. We’re supporting flexible working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards. We’re using risk assessments and where needed, PPE to protect our social workers. Good technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
Key purpose of the role….
You will be part of a strong and ambitious Children’s social care team, where the goal is to support families to ensure children have the best opportunities to grow and develop their potential.
Using a strengths-based approach, our workers ‘get alongside’ families to help them identify what it is they want to change and why, and then build sustainable family plans for change. We support families along the journey of change and are there to help them celebrate their successes.
You will need to be able to travel to meet the requirements of this post and be available to work evenings and weekends when required.
A few things about you
You will have a proven track record in using appropriate techniques and best practice to make ongoing holistic, professional assessments of allocated children, young people, and their families/carers to reflect individual circumstances. You will be a resilient, engaging, and supportive to ensure that intervention with children and young people is as supportive and effective as possible.
You will be passionate about working with children and young people and be able to quickly build up effective relationships based on trust and respect. You will be passionate about the work you do and proud of your profession. Additionally, you’ll be able to reflect and think creatively about how you can build relationships to make a difference to the children and families that you work with. You’ll be robust, confident, and resilient in your approach and be able to engage with carers and families many who will have complex needs.
The salary range for this role is £30,984 to £35,336 per annum
For more information or an informal discussion about this post please contact:
Kama McKenzie, FIS Operations Manager on 07811 307245 – KMcKenzie@somerset.gov.uk
Samantha Fahey, FIS Operations Manager on 07977 411298 – SFahey@Somerset.gov.uk
Due to the importance of the role we recommend applying as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date.
As this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.
Why choose Somerset County Council
What we can offer you:
- Generous annual leave and flexible working options
- Great career development opportunities, including various supported routes into social work
- Local Government pension scheme
- Optional pension enhancement through our additional voluntary contribution scheme
- Employee assistance and support offering a variety of wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle
- A flexible benefits platform including cycle to work and health screening schemes
- ‘My staff shop’ which offers excellent discounts at a variety of retailers including; cinemas, restaurants, clothing stores and insurance providers
- Gym discounts
- Discounted lease car options via salary sacrifice, along with discounts on fuel
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.
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