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Family Group Conference Coordinator

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/143918/19237
  • Published: Mon 22/11/2021, 12:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/12/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £27,991 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

The starting salary for this role is £27,991 per annum for a 36 hour working week.

About the Role:

To be short-listed to interview for this position you will show that you:

- Are qualified and experienced in working with children and families,
- Have a Level 4 qualification either in mediation, education or social care
- Are confident in facilitating and chairing meetings and managing conflict
- Have a clear understanding and experience of Family Group Conferencing, application of legislation and key associated principles,
- You will be confident in working within a multi-agency environment, delivering and willing to improve upon effective direct work interventions with families,
- Have experience and ability to build positive relationships with children and young people quickly by understanding their lived experiences in order to advocate on their behalf
- You will have the ability to understand and maintain focus on your own continuous professional development
- Strive to share learning and collaborate with practitioners and multi-agency partners to achieve positive outcomes for children and their families.

About You:

Are you passionate about actively involving children and their families to make key decisions and safe plans to promote the welfare of children?

Do you have experience of multi-agency working and sharing expertise to achieve best outcomes for children and young people?

Can you see yourself facilitating and chairing meetings with families?

Yes? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you.

About Us:

We are looking for Family Group Conference Coordinators to join our small, well-established Family Group Conference (FGC) team in Surrey. As a Family Group Conference Coordinator, you will be thorough in all aspects of work and will help us to continue our proven track record and achieve future targets.

Working as part of the Early Help Hub you will deliver a critical front facing service that supports the effective delivery of the right services at the right time for our children, young people and their families. You will work in line with our 'Effective Family Resilience' document to support decision making and the application of thresholds correctly. You will be co-located within the Hub, based in Woking with colleagues from supporting agencies, delivering a partnership approach to services.

The FGC team support children and their families who are struggling with everyday life, children who may be at risk of coming into care, children in care and care leavers; anywhere where a plan involving the wider family and friends’ networks will be of benefit to the safety and wellbeing of the child or young person. Further information about FGC can be found at www.frg.org.uk

Feedback received:

A mother after the FGC said, “I just wanted to thank you for your professional support, it was very beneficial to my family, I’m happy with the outcome and feel very positive about the plan we have in place.”

A social worker said, “Thank you for chairing the FGC and managing the expectations of the family so well, tensions were high and it had the potential to be challenging but you prevented confrontation and they have created a good plan”.

The post is currently based in Woking and covers the whole of Surrey so the ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day/week/weekend is essential, as is a full driving licence and access to a car.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow. 

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council. 

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 19/12/2021.

Interviews dates to be confirmed.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Sumbal Wasiq by e-mail at sumbal.wasiq@surreycc.gov.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application. 

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

Company Information

Our Values

Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy.

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  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/143918/19237
  • Published: Mon 22/11/2021, 12:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/12/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £27,991 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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