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School Family Worker

Job Description

The schools in Stevenage (Primary, Secondary, and Special) are seeking to appoint a member of staff to join our team of School Family Workers employed to work with the Stevenage Educational Trust (SET).

Further information about SET can be found on our website: www.educationtrust.org.uk

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

  • To work with Stevenage families and the school to enable children and young people, at risk of not achieving due to low-level unmet needs, to have full access to educational opportunities and overcome the barriers to learning.

  • To prevent needs escalating to require intervention by more specialist services and to ensure that Stevenage families receive an appropriate level of intervention from the correct service.

THE POST

The post is on Grade H6 and is a fixed-term contract until July 2025, full time term time plus four weeks with a view to extension dependent on funding. The successful applicant will be employed by Barnwell School, but work for all of the schools in the town and will have a base at the SET office at Barnwell School.

Full support and training will be made available to the successful applicant. The person appointed will be allocated a number of schools to work with closely as part of the Stevenage-wide team and will also work collaboratively with the other four SFW on town-wide support for parents.

MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  1. To provide targeted support to children and young people and their families with unmet needs by engaging them in time-limited one-to-one support by:

    • Working with the whole family to improve engagement with learning
    • Undertaking and/or coordinating assessment of children and family needs using Families First Assessment and EHM.
    • Contributing to and attending TAF where appropriate
    • Facilitating structured parenting workshops/courses for a targeted group of parents.
    • Providing appropriate intervention programs for vulnerable children and their families (this may include outreach work and possibly home visits in exceptional circumstances)
    • Where appropriate, providing transition support between Primary and Secondary School such as a result of a Families First Assessment or other targeted intervention
    • Providing targeted work with families, parents, children, and young people who have persistent absence
    • Liaising with any 'School Based Family Workers' employed by schools in the town
    • Liaising with individual schools and working with their existing pastoral support systems
  2. To advise and inform parents/carers about relevant local services and where appropriate make referrals to other agencies to access specialist support to increase their capacity to support their child's learning.

  3. To liaise with other agencies including attendance and contribution to child protection conferences, reviews, core group meetings, and school reviews as appropriate.

  4. To support the Families First assessment process and organization of the team around the family

  5. To record, maintain, and share data as appropriate, including evaluation of outcomes following planned programs of work

  6. To work as part of a team of workers in Stevenage and to be allocated a group of schools as a specific responsibility

  7. To run such Forums that are required to meet local needs, working with the other SFW, provide opportunities for staff and parents, such as Network Meeting for staff and Parenting Classes for parents

The duties and responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present. The post holder is expected to accept any reasonable alterations that may from time to time be necessary.

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