What you will do in your working day
As a Family Assessment Worker, you will be part of a team in a residential setting; working with families on a day-to-day basis providing detailed evidence-based assessment recordings of the parents' abilities to meet the safety and care/welfare needs of their children in line with the National Assessment Framework.
Purpose of Job
The training you will be getting
- Work with families on a day-to-day basis, observing and recording the parents' abilities to meet the immediate safety and care needs of their children. This will be completed through daily observations.
- Ensure parents/carers prioritise the safety and welfare needs of their children
- Create a supportive learning/re-learning environment for parents and children
- Provide childcare for children whilst their parents/carers attend Groups and Individual Sessions
- Provide group and individual sessions with the families which is specific to their individual needs
- Provide playroom groups such as Baby Massage, Baby Sensory, Messy Play, and Musical Babies (training will be provided)
- Ensure the safety and welfare of children remains central to the assessment/intervention process.
- Take an active part in the assessment process regarding children and families - to observe, supervise, record and assess family interaction, child behaviour, parental motivation and parental ability to meet the needs of the child(ren).
- Provide a service that values and respects the strengths, experiences and background of the families.
- Take an active part within team meetings in reviewing and developing the practices and provision within, and resources available to, the centre.
- Use common sense and sensitivity in challenging and teaching parenting practices.
- Provide structured feedback to parents during and at the end of each shift.
- Plan and prioritise workload effectively within established timeframes, and ensure that all written recordings meet required deadlines.
- Assist with childcare duties as required.
- Liaise with managers, and source other agencies/resources as appropriate.
- Working as part of a team to provide a culturally sensitive service for children and their families.
- Promote and maintain equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice within the work environment.
- Observe and implement Child Protection Procedures and the Centre's policies and procedures.
- Participate fully in training and supervision, identifying training courses relevant to role and personal development.
- Be aware of health and safety responsibilities at work.
- If you have observed a specific incident, to provide evidence in court, if required.
- Undertake other duties as identified by the Centre & Deputy Managers or, Team Case Managers.
All apprentices will undertake a thorough induction which incorporates, shadowing others, online Health & Safety training, face to face training and understanding our policies and procedures.
There is extensive inhouse training covering recording information, the Assessment Framework, Safeguarding Children, Signs of Safety, Verbal Intervention Skills, Attachment theory as well as ongoing mini practice workshops, guidance and support.
The work and training undertaken at Dudley Lodge will help to evidence your learning to achieve the Level 4 Children, Young People and families Practitioner Award.
Acacia Training will carry out all assessment training and a Tutor will be allocated. Functional skills support will also be provided.What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship
Having achieved the Level 4 Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Award, there is the opportunity to be considered for a permanent Family Assessment Worker position should there be an available vacancy.
Additionally, after 12 months employment, there may be the opportunity to further your learning and apply to be considered for the Degree Apprenticeship in Social Work whilst employed at Dudley Lodge.
Requirements and prospects Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness, Defuse volatile situations, respectful of others, Reliable Qualifications
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 1-4) Desired Things to consider
A driving license is not essential as our centres are easily reached using public transport. However, shift work means that there is often an early start or late finish and so your own transport might be more suitable for some people. There is parking at all our centres.