Family Engagement Worker - South Wales
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To support families with vision impaired children and young people to develop improved wellbeing, resilience and coping strategies.
Key tasks and main duties
Main areas of responsibility:
• To establish and maintain a case load of families with vision impaired children aged 0 to 25 who identify themselves as needing support
• To undertake family assessments to identify specific areas of need; to provide therapeutic support for families; to identify appropriate interventions that will promote children’s development and emotional wellbeing and make onward referrals as required
• To maintain regular contact with the families through ‘light touch’ support via telephone, email and home visits, as and when appropriate
• To ensure that our service delivery is excellent against pre-agreed benchmarks and peer review.
• Maintain contact as required and agreed with each family through home visits/telephone/email/skype
• Visit families in their own homes, or somewhere agreed with them, at times convenient to each family, including evenings and weekends if necessary
• Assess the needs of child and family (relationships, coping strategies, parenting skills)
• Identify and agree with the child and family, the support to be provided
• Support family in establishing relationships and maintaining working relationships with
- local organisations
- social services
- medical services
- education including QTVIs
- advocacy services
This includes support for families attending meetings with professionals e.g. school reviews, meetings with other agencies
• Organise and facilitate peer support groups and workshops as required
• Review effectiveness of support provided at regular intervals as agreed with Service Manager/Clinical Lead
• Provide access to information from reputable sources on the causes and impact of sight loss
• Establish and build partnerships to ensure new referrals are continuous
• Keep accurate records of interactions and provide reports on the outcomes achieved and the impact of the service including the production of case studies within departmental timescales
• Liaise with other Family Engagement Workers to ensure consistency of approach and for peer support.
Support for families attending local hospitals for paediatric ophthalmology:
Ensure equality and diversity principles are embedded in service delivery
Promote and safeguard the welfare of all children and young people/vulnerable adults that have contact with the organisation.
This Job Description is not exhaustive and other duties not included above may arise from time to time. On the understanding that such duties are commensurate with the purpose of the job and have been identified as such by the post holder’s line manager and advised to the post holder, then such additional duties shall form part of the requirements of the post.
Educational or Professional Qualifications
• Academic ability as evidenced by 1st degree with a 2:1 grade in a subject related to a relevant field (psychology, social science, education or health)
• Ability to establish a therapeutic relationship with families and CYP demonstrated by a qualification that provides eligibility for Professional registration / membership (e.g. BACP, UKCP, HCPC, BPS, AFT etc).
Skills, Experience and Knowledge – Essential
• Experience in working therapeutically with families – this is different to setting up new services or managing teams
• Knowledge of children’s development – from experience or qualification
• Knowledge of family systems/systemic practice – from experience or qualification
• Evidence of knowledge in relevant professional areas (children, families, counselling, therapy, social work, nursing)
• Experience of working with children with disabilities across age range 0-18 minimum in teaching or therapeutic intervention role (not just managing a service). Minimum of one year in total
• Knowledge and practical experience of using non-directive therapeutic interventions with families
• Experience of providing effective interventions to support the development and wellbeing of children with disabilities
• Proven ability to maintain accurate case files where outcomes are clearly defined
• Ability and commitment to assess need and implement evidenced based interventions in line with best practice
• Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively with families, children and young people
• Knowledge and/or the willingness develop understanding of vision impairment, its implications and impact
• A clear understanding of, and the ability to practise within, appropriate professional boundaries, whilst maintaining an appropriate level of empathy and support
• Good knowledge of other professional roles and expertise in the field of childhood disability
• Good knowledge of the Framework for Statutory Assessment and understanding of the SEND Reforms and Code of Practice
• Good report writing and IT skills
• Excellent organisational
Please apply by submitting a supporting statement and CV and typing “Family Engagement Worker Application – South Wales” in the email title.
Deadline for applications are 9am on 2 September 2019.
The Society is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Therefore all posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service and 2 satisfactory professional references.
Salary: £33500 per annum
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