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Social Worker - Early Help Family Support

Job Type:
Social Work, Early Intervention
Family Support
Social Worker
£29,323 to £35,444 per annum
Job Ref:

Social Worker - Early Help Family Support/Edge of Care - Southend-On-Sea - £29,323 - £35,444 per annum + benefits

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a social worker to join the Early Help Family Support Service, within the Edge of Care Team who work with parents/families to challenge behaviour and motivate change on behalf of Southend-On-Sea Borough Council. This role is being offered on a fixed term basis currently until June 2019. This is a relatively new and evolving team who have the support of a team manager, family support practitioners and other social workers.


  • Relocation grant of up to £8,000
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Savings of up to £900 on childcare vouchers
  • Car scheme that allows workers to drive new, fully maintenance, insured car at a lower cost

About the role:

  • The main purpose of this post is to prevent foster placements from breaking down and support children to remain safely at home through effective.
  • Utilising effective reunification strategies will ensure young people who come into care are placed back at home where it is safe and in their best interests to do so.
  • To work with children and families who have been referred to the Edge of Care project to challenge behaviour and motivate change. 
  • To ensure the work programmes and interventions are age appropriate and meet the needs of the whole family and the wider community
  • To ensure that children and young people do not enter the care system if appropriate and safe. 
  • To support foster carers and families in a way which enables them to feel able to maintain difficult placements and improve both the quality of life and life chances for the adolescents within them.  
  • To provide intensive and rapid support when a family breaks down (including foster families) with the aim of keeping the family together. 
  • To work intensively with families to keep their children out of care, to prevent becoming looked after and with identified foster families where the placement is assessed as risk of breaking down 
  • To work intensively with identified adolescents in order to better meet their needs
  • To support children and families within the family home including foster homes, within the school and within the community.
  • To be part of a multi-disciplinary team which will be available to support families 7 days a week between the hours of 08:00 and 23:00


  • Be eligible to work within in the U.K.
  • Valid driving licence and car available for business use.
  • That you are a qualified social worker with HCPC and have a social work degree.
  • Knowledge of child protection, looked after children and associated child in need social work practice issues.
  • A broad knowledge of social work practice and legislation, including safeguarding.
  • An ability to demonstrate excellent assessment and analysis skills.

Contact Details:
Tel: 0207 046 6215
Contact: Nina Brun

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