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Strengthening Families Practitioner - West

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

About the role

Do you have the skills and experience to engage and build positive trusting relationships with parents, children and young people to inspire them to make positive changes and improve life opportunities?   

Strengthening Families is part of our Children and Family Support Services.  Using a multi-agency approach, the service offers intensive support to children, young people and families with identified complex needs, to support and empower them to achieve good outcomes. The service delivers a range of interventions from direct work with families using an Early Help approach, to parenting and domestic abuse groups, and works collaboratively with partners to create a supportive team around the family to help families to sustain changes

You will be based in one of our Children’s Centres in the West of Northamptonshire

What will you be doing?

You will be required to manage a caseload of families. This will include undertaking structured one-to-one family support work as a lead professional or a co-worker working alongside other professionals.   

You will be required to support in the delivery of group work programmes to families.

If you feel that you have the skills and experience to do this role well and are passionate about working with colleagues who have children, young people and families at the heart of all they do, then we would welcome your application.

We welcome the opportunity to speak to any interested candidates so please feel free to email:  or and they can agree a mutually agreeable time to call you

About you

  • You have excellent communication skills, written and verbal.  You must be able to write assessments and support plans by building positive relationships with families    
  • You understand good practice and evidence-based interventions that will support positive change with children and their family 
  • An ethos of strong relationship based practice with children and families 
  • You have a good understanding and experience of partnership working   
  • You are flexible and creative with the support you are able to offer to children and families  
  • You can work on your own initiative and as part of a team 
  • Ability to lead Team Around the Family meetings 

The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS clearance which we will organise.

When applying please ensure your supporting statement covers how you fulfil all of the essential criteria set out in the person specification as this will be used for shortlisting. You will need to provide a full employment history including any gaps since leaving full time education

Interviews are planned to be held on Weds 24th July.

Our benefits

We are committed to continuous improvement, building a skilled, knowledgeable, and flexible workforce alongside promoting innovation and creativity whilst keeping children, young people and families at the heart of all we do.

We really value our workforce and offer you a great benefits package including:

  • 28 days annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time) and an additional 5 days, after 5 years
  • Local Government Pension Scheme plus immediate life cover (3 times your annual salary from day one) and ill-health protection.
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 25 days annual leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme - We have an employee support programme run by Health Assured, an independent, external organisation. Health Assured is available for you and your immediate family members, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and includes telephone counselling, legal advice, bereavement support and medical information.
  • Employee discounts with local and national retailers, days out, finance, health and beauty, travel and eating out plus lots more.
  • Flexible and family working arrangements including enhanced maternity benefits
  • A permanent, supportive and inclusive management team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions
  • Extensive Learning & Development and career development opportunities
  • Subsidised town centre car parking scheme

About us

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust was established in November 2020 to deliver Children’s Services to the newly established North and West Northants County Councils. The Trust is wholly owned and funded but operationally independent from the Councils; this provides the organisation with unique opportunities to explore new ways of working and to be more agile and adaptable in its approach to service delivery. We are developing a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish and evolve, delivering at the cutting edge of new innovation. 

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