Change Practitioner / Outreach Social Worker

£30295 - £35959 per annum
08 Jul 2019
22 Jul 2019
Dave Williams
Contract Type
Full Time
REF: DW1279
LOCATION: Streatham, London
JOB TITLE: Change Practitioner / Outreach Social Worker 
SALARY & BENEFITS: £30,295 - £35,959 inclusive of LW - salary will be based on relevant qualifications, experience and knowledge plus pension, 5 weeks leave plus bank holidays 
WORKING HOURS: Full Time – 39 hours per week Monday to Friday – will require flexible approach to hours 

Would you like to be part of one of the most forward-thinking family assessment organisations in England?

Do you have experience working with Children and Families and have a background in Outreach?

St Michaels Fellowship is committed to working with families to achieve the best outcomes for children. We are flexible and responsive to needs and listen to and act on the views of families to improve the services we offer and now have a fantastic new opportunity for an individual who is passionate about working with and supporting Parents. This is an extremely rewarding role, working with mothers who leave St Michael’s without their child, which has secured funding for this work for a further 2 years but hope that the project will demonstrate its value through positive outcomes and become an integral part of our total service offer.

The work will be person centred and address the needs of the mothers as identified by them, however there are a number of issues that we expect will be common to all: dealing with grief and perhaps needing therapeutic support, accommodation, benefits, contact with the child, exploring what needs to change in order to become a parent at some point in the future, isolation, regression to previous behaviours.

What does the role involve? 
As a Change Practitioner / Outreach Social Worker your base will be at Head Office as a member of the Outreach Team reporting to the Outreach Manager. We have been providing a service to young parents since 2000 and have been commissioned by Lambeth to do so. We have a current focus on working with young families where there is domestic abuse by providing groups for young mothers in abusive relationships or at risk of abuse, Caring Dads programme for young fathers who have been abusive to the mother of their child, and to young children who have witnessed that abuse alongside intensive support. The Outreach Team also run a small supervised contact centre also based at Head Office called Jigsaw. 

This is a wide and varied role working with Parents, Mothers and various other authorities and will largely entail

To help to establish a service that is sensitive to the needs of mothers who have had a child removed from their care
Work with a caseload of mothers and work in partnership with mothers, social workers and other agencies to improve the service offered to these mothers
To liaise with the centre staff teams to establish appropriate involvement with families before the outcome of their assessments have been made
To introduce your service to those mothers whose child is to be removed to offer support and assist them with the next steps
Work with and alongside mothers on their needs as identified by them and establish a plan of work with a mother that would be subject to review
Support the mother to achieve her goals and address with her what changes would need to be made for her to successfully parent
Compile reports, assessments and share with mothers the content of all reports personally compiled before wider distribution

**This is not an exhaustive list of duties – a full detailed Person Specification and Description will be supplied to candidates of interest 

What we're looking for..
Although fully qualified Social Workers / Outreach workers with a background in children and families would be welcome and encouraged to apply, qualifications are not essential. What is essential is that you have experience working with children and families, also have worked in a social/community outreach type role and are hugely passionate about this line of work and providing a service and partnership with parents. Candidates will also need to have a background working with people who have a history of psychiatric illness, learning difficulties or substance misuse. You will also need to be a resilient and patient person who has experience in Report writing. Holding a valid Driving Licence would be an advantage but is not essential. 

What's in it for you?
You will have the opportunity to work in a team and an organisation that is supportive and challenges you to develop yourself, your experience and your professional practice. We are an organisation with a strong ethos of training and developing our staff and recognise that in order to deliver a great service, we need to invest in staff. With regular reflective supervisions, personal and team training, ASYE, social events and massage, you’ll gain experience, grow your practice skills and develop your knowledge with us.

If you want to make a difference to the lives of children and their families, we want to meet you. 

“They wanted the best for us, they helped us so much.” Parent

Applications are welcomed from qualified social workers and those who have a relevant background with significant experience 
Closing Date: Wednesday 24th July 2019

In the event of you being shortlisted, an informal visit will take place on Monday 29 July, followed by a final interview on Wednesday 31 July. Please keep these days free in case you are shortlisted


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