Family Support Practitioner

Closing date: 
20 Apr 2017
The Early Intervention Support Service (EISS) seeks to address issues of concern, achieve sustainable change

Promote capability and capacity within families to problem solve difficulties.  EISS will support children and young people aged 0-18 and their families.  The service covers Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus.

You will be a vital member of the team, skilled in providing a high level of professional childcare and social work practice using a wide range of short term (maximum 12 weeks) therapeutic interventions that are outcome focused, evidence based and maximise opportunity for change.

Based in our office in Larne, you will work alongside families in Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus.

You will complete short term interventions with families (maximum 12 weeks).

You will work with families experiencing complex challenges and be creative in your approaches in engaging families who may be avoidant and resistant to your efforts.  You will provide reports to referrers which critically analyse progress and outcomes achieved and which will inform decision making on children's and their families circumstances going forward.

You must be flexible to work outside normal office hours including evenings and weekends when needed. You will work in partnership with other agencies building relationships and maintaining them.

You will promote the EISS service.

You will ensure recording is accurate and up to date.

You will be skilled in overcoming the challenges in maintaining and developing effective working relationships with external agencies to ensure the best outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Essential Requirements

Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 or equivalent/related; Health, Counselling or Social Care discipline.

5 years' experience working in a multi-disciplinary team providing services to families and children aged 0-18 years.

Good working knowledge of safeguarding and child protection procedures.

Competence in the use of IT packages including MS Windows and Office along with email and internet.

You must be able to work in a flexible manner, available to work weekends and evenings when required.

The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act. Access to a car and a willingness to procure business class insurance or be able to access another form of alternative transport.

Reference: RS101445