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Evening Support Worker (Family Practitioner)

Evening Support Worker (Family Practitioner)

Posted 10 June by Next Chapter

Evening Support Worker (Family Practitioner)

Next Chapter Refuge Locations across North Essex (including Colchester, Tendring, Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree and Uttlesford Districts in an office and home-based capacity)

About Us

Next Chapter are passionate about ensuring that every person has the opportunity to live their life free from domestic abuse and are seeking equally committed and passionate women to join our growing teams across the organisation, delivering a wide range of specialist support services to some of the most vulnerable individuals, children and young people in our area.

We work across North and Mid Essex providing free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, domestic abuse.

Our vision is for life without domestic abuse and our mission is to provide rapid responses to domestic abuse that increases safety for all victims, enabling them to rebuild their lives and create lasting change. We believe in raising awareness through education, training and partnerships in our community.

We are currently looking for an Evening Support Worker (Family Practitioner) to join us on a part-time basis, working 25 hours per week.

The Benefits

- Salary of £19,161 per annum (£12,774 pro rata)

- On-call duty pay

- 25 days’ annual leave rising after two years’ service (pro rata)

- Employer’s contributory pension scheme

- A comprehensive learning and development programme

If you have experience working with individuals experiencing domestic abuse and other vulnerabilities, this role will enable you to take the next step in your career and make a difference to lives.

We believe that our staff are our most valuable asset and want to help you reach your full potential by offering career progression opportunities and a work environment where everyone supports each other.

The evenings can be particularly lonely for residents and their children traumatised by domestic abuse, and in this role, you will play an important part in helping women to grow and move forward to live full independent lives.

The Role

As an Evening Support Worker (Family Practitioner), you will provide emotional and practical support to the families in our refuge during the evenings.

Working alongside our CYP (Children and Young People) Team, you will assist with after school activities for the children. You will actively seek to meet with families and encourage them to engage and interact in social activities, whilst ensuring safety and security.

You will also welcome out of hours admissions, complete the admission process (including relevant licence and House Rules requirements) and provide tours of the refuge for new families.

Additionally, you will:

- Ensure all advice or assistance is in line with current safety and support plans

- Provide handovers to Refuge Support Workers and On Call Workers, raising any concerns

- Maintain accurate and confidential service user records

This is a part-time role working 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday, from 4pm to 9pm.

About You

To join us as an Evening Support Worker (Family Practitioner), you will need:

- Experience of working with individuals experiencing domestic abuse and other vulnerabilities or experience working in a residential care setting

- Comprehensive knowledge of safeguarding procedures and how to recognise types of abuse including neglect and physical harm

- An understanding of the principles of risk assessment, safety planning and risk management for victims of domestic abuse and their children

- Good IT skills including the ability to use Microsoft Office and organisational case management databases

- A good standard of general education

- A valid driving licence and own transport (due to travel within the role)

- The willingness to work flexibly and travel to different sites and venues

Experience of working in a community or voluntary organisation would be beneficial to your application, as would an understanding of current welfare rights legislation.

Experience of working with individuals with substance misuse issues, and/or domestic abuse, substance misuse, mental health or safeguarding training would also be desirable.

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational qualification under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

This role is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service check at an enhanced level.

Staff will need to be mobile in order to work flexibly across community locations as required and work flexibly within an agreed number of hours to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision. This may involve occasional evening and weekend working.

Other organisations may call this role Caseworker, Support Worker, Domestic Violence Support Worker, Case Worker, Abuse Caseworker, or Protective Services Worker.

Next Chapter are committed to ensuring the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and adults at risk, and all applicants will be required to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to best safeguarding practice.

Next Chapter is committed to creating an inclusive environment which celebrates difference and allows our staff and service users to flourish.

So, if you’re seeking your next challenge as an Evening Support Worker (Family Practitioner), please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

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