Job Opportunity

Troubled Families Practitioner

Job Description

Our client is a leading charity that supports children and families in the most deprived parts of the UK. More than half the children in an average classroom will struggle to stay in education while dealing with challenging, often devastating circumstances at home – extreme poverty, mums who are victims of domestic violence, caring responsibilities, homelessness and parental addiction are just some of them. Our client looks beyond the classroom to understand the issues that can affect a child’s learning. They work on the simple ethos of ‘Children in School, Ready to Learn’. Their team of dedicated Practitioners offer a combination of specialist support and emotional and practical advice to vulnerable children and young people, working with them and their families to help overcome the barriers that are preventing them from learning.
They are currently recruiting for a Troubled Families Practitioner to join their team in East London until March 2015. Working 35 hours per week during term time, you will be responsible for supporting the local authorities response to the governments Troubled Families Programme by holding a caseload which will consist of families characterised by anti-social behaviour, unemploymentAbout Us
MacIntyre Academies Trust opened its first academy, in Headington, Oxford in September 2014. Endeavour Academy is a new and exciting Academy School for children and young people with autism and associated severe Learning Difficulties aged from 11 to 19 years old.

MacIntyre, a national charity founded in 1966 by the parents of a disabled child, is delighted to have been chosen as the sponsor for this new academy. With over 40 years of experience in providing specialist provision for over 1,000 children and adults with learning difficulties and autism across the UK, MacIntyre has developed a strong reputation, both nationally and locally in Oxfordshire, as a high quality, person centred organisation. We are currently Recruiting for a Head of Care to join our leadership team.

The Role
As the Head of Care you will be the Registered Manager for the Home as specified in the Children`s Homes Regulations 2001 and fulfil the obligations set out in the National Minimum Standards for Children`s Homes 2002. You will lead a team to deliver an outstanding quality of support and care to students on a full time and short breaks placement within the academy. You will be responsible for the day to day management of the home, promoting a student-centred caring environment throughout the academy, through high standards of professional practice, which are conducive to the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual needs of the children and young people. This also includes acting as the dedicated Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer within the Academy.
This is chance for you to have considerable input along with the Principal and Head of Key Stages on setting up of this new provision. You will be involved in the recruitment of the residential staff teams, development of procedures and the 24 curriculum. You will work closely with families, carers and the wider community to share the vision and direction of the academy. Whilst contributing to the creation of an ethos, provide the vision and direction which enables effective support, and achievement by students providing sustained improvement in their spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical well-being in preparation for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

About You
Ideally you will be a Register Manager within a children`s home and have an NVQ level 4 in Child Care or equivalent. You will have practical experience of working with children and young people who have severe learning difficulties and autism, be a confident, effective manager with knowledge of regulatory standards and requirements. You will have demonstrative experience of working with large staff teams and the role will require you to have a calm and organised approach to work under pressure and be able to work flexibly. You will need to have excellent written and verbal communications skills. There may also be a requirement to travel when necessary.

To Apply
If you wish to apply simply download the application form and supporting documentation to be returned to us by the closing date by the closing date stated at the top of this advertisement.

MacIntyre Oxford Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All positions will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and registration with the DBS Update Service together with all other relevant recruitment checks. This includes an Ofsted requirement for individuals to obtain an overseas police check, if you have spent six months or more resident outside of the UK.

*Salaries are dependant upon qualifications and experience  and pupils not attending school. You will be based within the local authority and will work in close partnership with affected schools, children and young people, parents/carer’s, head teachers and social care/health professionals. The main purpose of this role is to work with families, supporting them and building their engagement to achieve positive outcomes. You will do this by delivering a flexible range of programmes of intervention, undertake outreach work including home visits, act as an advocate, mediator and negotiator in confrontational situations and solving problems as they arise.

To be considered for this role, you will hold a relevant qualification in education, social care or equivalent working experience in a similar environment. It is essential that you have significant experience of working with multiple agencies and knowledge of support services and referral routes available for troubled families. Experience of working with vulnerable children and families whilst effectively dealing with the social and emotional factors which affect a child’s capacity to learn and develop is also essential for this role along with an understanding of the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and of child protection legislation.
This role is to start early November and is subject to satisfactory references. Candidates must have an enhanced DBS issued within the last 6 months.

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