Family Practitioner 2 x Fixed Term (until 31st March 2023) in Mid and East
Family Practitioner 1 x Fix Term (until 31st March 2023) in North Devon
Helping Families in need
We are a specialist family service working alongside families who need intensive, multi-agency support to help prevent the need for social care intervention and aim to improve outcomes for the whole family. At Devon County Council, we are committed to supporting and helping local families in need. We want to be there for families as early as possible, so that we can help them to overcome their problems and stay together. As part of Early Help we contribute to the National Troubled Families programme. A framework of six broad themes help to identify the families we work with:
- crime and anti-social behaviour;
- education and attainment;
- specific support need;
- work and finance;
- being safe; and
- physical and mental health.
The team works intensively and holistically with families, primarily in the home, to reduce needs over time which is why we’re looking for local people to work with us as Family Practitioners.
An Introduction to the role and key responsibilities
The role involves providing intensive support to families with multiple and complex needs, supporting them with appropriate skilled interventions, both practically and emotionally. This will involve working with families in the home and community in close partnership with other agencies. This may be in response to crisis or for some families as part of a long term support package. As a Family Practitioner you will provide a key working role to families referred to the service; assessing needs, developing action plans, setting and reviewing targets, providing interventions and coordinating the input from other service providers. As well as keeping accurate, up-to-date electronic records of your work, you will attend and lead Team around the Family meetings. We also deliver evidence-based parenting programmes to groups of parents and their teenage children.
What sorts of skills do you need?
Previous experience of working with families who have multiple and complex needs and a working knowledge of the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. You should be empathetic and understanding, but at the same time, persistent, tenacious and assertive. An ability to listen and offer practical solutions, an honest approach, and to support and challenge is needed to enable people to make positive changes in their lives. You will need a flexible approach to working hours, as there is a need to work some evenings and weekends.
For an informal discussion please call the Team Manager for these locality.
East and Mid Devon and North Devon - Jon Baker-Churchill (07580834440)
- We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
- DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon. More information can be found on our Equality and Diversity webpages.
- The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc.
- This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.
- Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.
- Happy to Talk Flexible Working.
- For more information about Working for Devon please visit our Working for Devon page.
- This role requires a DBS disclosure.