The starting salary for this role is £27,991 per annum and is based on a 36 working hour week.
Are you passionate about involving children and their families to make key decisions and safe plans for their child’s welfare?
Do you have experience of multi-agency working and sharing expertise to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people?
Do you have proven experience of working restoratively with families?
Can you see yourself facilitating and chairing meetings with families?
Yes? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you.
We are looking for a further Family Group Conference Coordinator to join our well-established team at Surrey who has a committed to working restoratively with children and their families to support them. The post holder will be thorough in all aspects of work and help us to continue our proven track record and achieve future targets.
Working in the wider service of the Early Help Hub, the FGC team support children and families across early help and social care to create family plans which involve their wider family network. In Surrey, we are passionate about ensuring that children and their families are at the heart of all we do so our work also includes supporting practitioners with training and resources.
You will be co-located within the Hub in Woking with colleagues from supporting agencies, delivering a partnership approach to services.
The FGC team work with children and their families who are struggling with everyday life, children who may be at risk of coming into care, children in care and care leavers; anywhere where a plan involving the wider family and friends networks will be of benefit to the safety and wellbeing of the child or young person. Further information about FGC can be found at www.frg.org.uk
A mother after the FGC said, “I just wanted to thank you for your professional support, it was very beneficial to my family, I’m happy with the outcome and feel very positive about the plan we have in place.”
A social worker said “Thank you for chairing the FGC and managing the expectations of the family so well, tensions were high and it had the potential to be challenging but you prevented confrontation and they have created a good plan”.
To be shortlisted to interview for this position you will show that you:
- Are qualified to level 3 in a related field and have experience in supporting children and their families,
- Are confident in facilitating and chairing meetings,
- Have a clear understanding of Family Group Conferencing, current legislation and key associated principles,
- Are you confident in working within a multi-agency environment, delivering and willing to improve upon effective direct work interventions with families,
- Are able to build positive relationships with children and young people quickly by understanding their lived experiences in order to advocate on their behalf,
- Are able to remain focused on your own continuous professional development,
- Strive to share learning and collaborate with practitioners and multi-agency partners to achieve positive outcomes for children and their families.
The post is currently based in Woking and covers the whole of Surrey so the ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day/week/weekend is essential, as is a full driving licence and access to a car.
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For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.Additional Information
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 25/07/2021.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion contact Emma Martin by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your application.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.