Children and Families Support Worker

  • Job Reference: 00000889-1
  • Date Posted: 12 October 2021
  • Recruiter: Shelter
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £23,847
  • Bonus/Benefits: + essential car user allowance (pro rata, 18.75 hrs pw) + benefits
  • Role: Project Manager/Officer jobs, Experts by Experience jobs
  • Job type: Contract
  • Duration: Fixed term contract until end September 2022
  • Work hours: Part Time

Job Description

We’re looking for a proactive, diplomatic and compassionate individual to join us as a Children & Families Support Worker to provide intensive, tailored support to children and parents as part of a whole family approach.

About Shelter
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the Team

Shelter Sheffield has been providing housing advice and support to the city’s residents for over 20 years, specialising in emergency homelessness work, intensive support to children and families, people experiencing domestic abuse, and people with multiple and complex needs. We wrap a range of functions around a person to help them holistically– including high intensity support, legal representation, practical DIY assistance, and specialist housing, employment, training, and welfare benefits advice. This ensures we can help an individual to address a range of inter-connected issues that may be impacting on their ability to sustain accommodation and thrive within the community.

About the Role:

As Children and Families Support Worker, you’ll support families, specifically children and young people, to address a range of issues and the significant trauma related to homelessness. Support lasts an average of 6 months and consists of regular one-to-one sessions as well as advice, advocacy, group work, activities, family trips and liaison with specialist agencies. You will be liaising with a range of agencies, such as schools, the local authority, the police and social care, advocating on behalf of clients and ensuring we achieve the best possible outcomes for them.

About you:

Your experience of working in children’s work, youth work or family support work will have given you the confidence to communicate with children and young people and the ability to engage with them in both 121 and group settings. You’ve got knowledge of the issues affecting families, including homelessness and poor housing, ASB, welfare benefits and domestic abuse and have worked within a safeguarding framework. The ability to drive and access a vehicle for work purposes is also essential.

We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave (pro rata), enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Closing date: 29th October 2021 at 11.30pm