Salary: £22183 – £27741

Shift hours: Full Time

In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes.  Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to children who are looked after.  

The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families.  It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on intervention and keeping families together. 

Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does.  We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support, high challenge and manageable caseloads.  Children’s Services is proud of its workforce, who are committed, dedicated, and work to a high standard. We are seeking other like minded practitioners who would like to join us.  We pride ourselves on building relationships with families and partners and hold respectful practice at the centre of all we do.

Edge of Care is an innovative, dynamic and creative service, that has a clear aim to safely prevent and reduce the number of children and young people from entering the care system in Coventry. With a workforce that has commitment to safely keep families together as a unit by strengthening, improving and re-building relationships. We are passionate about delivering ground-breaking solutions to promote sustainable change for our families, we encourage individuals to make informed choices about their own lives and involve them in all aspects of the work. 

What is the job role?

The Role- Adolescent Support Worker

We are recruiting for two posts currently available in our team. The first is an adolescent support worker, on a full time, permanent basis. Edge of Care is a service that supports young people at risk of entering care to stay with their families. We use evidence-based, models of practice and assist families to make significant, positive changes. 

You will provide intensive support to young people aged 8 – 18 and their families, usually over a period of 6 – 12 weeks. The work builds on a family’s strengths and introduces coping strategies. It mixes practical support with strong challenge, to address complex and enduring needs. 

Team members engage young people and their families to defuse crisis within the home. They assess problems, develop measurable goals and help the whole family acquire the skills necessary to achieve them.

Cases will span a wide range of issues including family conflict, absence from home, sexual exploitation, educational issues, anti-social behaviour and substance abuse. Working closely with other agencies and local services, you will be on the front line of an approach that improves behaviours, relationships, confidence, aspiration, employability, living conditions, mental and physical health.

As an Adolescent Support Worker, you will take on a portfolio of cases, working directly with young people and families in their homes.

Providing a flexible crisis response service with safeguarding at its heart, you’ll complete an initial assessment and develop strong skills in delivering intensive interventions.

Adolescent Support Worker- Reunification Project

The second role in the team is an adolescent support worker within the reunification project. This is a full time (37 hours) and fixed term post for two years. The working days for this are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

This role will work alongside two therapeutic practitioners and an advanced social worker, working with a cohort of looked after children in order to rehabilitate them back to their family homes. This requires working alongside their current placements and devising return home interventions, safety plans and follow through packages of support.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an Adolescent Support Worker to rise to the challenge of supporting children and young people to remain at home.

In this role you will be working with Children and young people open to children’s social care services.

It is essential that you bring experience of working with “Children & Families” and hold at least a Level 3 NVQ in Children & Young people.

EOC keep Children and Young People at the Heart of all our work, we listen, respond and value our families and communities.

This is an exciting opportunity to have a role in combining direct practice and contribute to service and professional development.

Are you innovative, positive, dedicated and not afraid of change or challenge? Then help us to transform the lives and futures of children & young people on the “Edge of Care”.

You will need to be passionate about working with Children, Young people and their families and have a reassuring presence, be calm in a crisis and able to work with families in their homes, helping them make the necessary changes to stay together. 

You are a team player with a flexible approach, willing to work on a shift basis that includes evenings and weekends. 

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled ‘Coventry City Council Application Process’

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!

There’s a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.

We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you’re happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We’ve created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.

As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.

Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

Reference: VPEED92055

Location: Coventry, CV1 1FS