Team: Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) Team
Job Family: Supporting - CBG10
Salary: £32,142 - £33,686 per annum pro rata + MRS £5,150 per annum pro rata
Hours: 37 hours per week
Location: Highfield House, Flitwick
Closing Date: 16th October 2022
Interview Date: 20th October 2022
More about the role:
The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) is an alternative, and research shows, more successful form of care proceedings, where parental substance misuse is a concern. It uses a bespoke, problem-solving, trauma informed approach to target individual families’ complex difficulties.
Research shows that this model is successful in supporting parents to engage with and stay in substance misuse services leading to more children being able to safely return home. Where parents do not engage and children cannot return home, quicker decisions are made about permanent placements for them.
Pan Bedfordshire FDAC works across the three Bedfordshire Local Authorities - Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford. The lead and recruiting Local Authority is Central Bedfordshire Council.
The FDAC specialist multidisciplinary team is made up of a experienced professionals including a Senior Practitioner, Social Workers, a Parental Substance Misuse Specialist, a Domestic Abuse Expert, a Primary Mental Health Worker, Psychologist, Psychiatrist and Business Support Officer.
The FDAC Social Worker is separate to the Child’s Social Worker.
As a Social Worker in the FDAC team you would work with the court, providing an accessible community-based assessment and intervention service for high needs families with a history of substance misuse. Other difficulties are often present including domestic abuse and mental health difficulties.
You will provide a safe space for parents to address their difficulties, achieve abstinence and become able to focus on their child and address the concerns about their parenting. You would walk alongside parents, encouraging them to believe recovery is possible, whilst being firm and realistic about their child’s needs and timescales.
FDAC team colleagues’ practice is enriched through collaborative support of each other and learning from each other’s specialisms.
You will be part of a specialist team making important and key recommendations for parents and children. You will work directly with parents, provide effective and first-class intervention. Your role will be to contribute to every child being able to grow up safely and reach their full potential.
In this important and varied role, you would be allocated families to work with according to your areas of expertise. Your day to day work will include
undertaking timely FDAC assessment of complex cases; participate in collaborative formulation of individual intervention planning and facilitate review of such plans; undertake direct work with parents including weekly key work sessions; become trained to and undertake point of contact substance testing of parents; write updating reports to the court and parties; verbally update and advise the FDAC judges; attend FDAC lawyer and non-lawyer hearings; identify the need for and support parental psychiatric screening; facilitate multi-professional Child’s Needs Meetings; observe some family time sessions; facilitate some FDAC group work as necessary. Where reunification takes place, you may facilitate some family work with parents and children to support their relationship repairing. You share information with FDAC colleagues in a timely way to support collaborative practice. You will build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with partner agencies, sharing information to provide timely unified intervention and support.
The successful applicant will be qualified and SWE registered. You’ll have experience of frontline social work and will have worked within care proceedings, Child Protection and Child in Need. The successful applicant will be a good communicator, a team player and be equally capable of individual practice.
The successful candidate would start as soon after 1st August 2022 as possible.
The successful candidate will need a driving licence, access to a car during working hours and business insurance.
Join the FDAC team and you will access specialist training. Even better, you’ll develop a new level of specialism as you provide a bespoke, problem-solving approach to target individual families’ complex difficulties.
You will be expected to demonstrate how you meet the key accountabilities and competencies detailed within this Recruitment Pack.
For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Beverley Sorensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0300 300 6852
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Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.
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