Early Help Co-ordinator.3028

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 20/09/2019 23:59
£32,029 - £35,934
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Foundry House Day Centre
Closing date:
20 Sep
Further Information

Early Help Coordinator
Salary: Band 8 (32,029 - £35,934) 
Working Pattern: Full time
Contract Type: Fixed term to 31 March 2021
Employment Location: Foundry House, Bedlington

This is an exciting time to join Northumberland’s Front Door Service which also incorporates an early help element  
Do you have excellent communication and research skills and a commitment to high quality practice that focuses on the child and family’s experience? Then you might be the right person to join our Front Door Early Help Team.

First Contact is the first point of contact for all new contacts about children, young people and their families. We help vulnerable children who may benefit from early help services as well as children in need of social work support, protection and your role will be to receive referrals , gather information, signpost to services and make recommendations about thresholds for intervention. 
The Early Help Hub process is a key part of Northumberlands Early Help offer.  You will have a significant role in coordinating support for the Hub referrals the local authority receives.  These referrals come from a wide range of services such as; school, GP’s, police, social care, families.
We are looking for someone who has a real passion and understanding of early help and universal services to provide a coordination role to our multi agency locality hubs in the Central and North areas of the county. 

- You will have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment, ideally with direct experience of early help
- You will have experience of working in an early help setting and be confident and competent in your ability to ensure children and families receive the right service at the right level at the right time.
- You will always want to hear the child’s voice and ensure that this is taken into account.
- You will have excellent communication skills and be able to make decisions and recommendations in a fast paced environment   
- You will be able to contribute to the development of the service.
- You will have a sound knowledge of thresholds of need and levels of intervention
- You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of children and families
- You will understand the importance of performance information and your contribution to maintaining high standards . 
- You will have excellent communication skills and be able to convey complex messages in a straightforward way, both verbally and in writing. 
- You will not be afraid to think creatively to solve problems. 
- In addition to this you will support universal services in their use of the Early Help Assessment and the Team Around the Family (TAF) process.
- You will also provide support to our Social Care First Contact Service and act as a point of contact for partner agencies in relation to early help queries. 
- Utilising Northumberland's agile working arrangement, there would be a requirement to work from a number of bases across the Central and North localities. Your main place of work being in Foundry House, Bedlington.

The successful candidate will need to have a new DBS / or show their current DBS if the update service has been used, as part of the normal recruitment process.

You will care enough to want to make a difference - every day, will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances to improve their overall outcomes.
If your skill-set includes the above, come and join a progressive and innovative organisation which values all of our employees.

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

This is a fixed term contract until 31st March 2021, secondments will be considered in agreement with your line manager

We offer:
A competitive salary up to £35,934 (dependent on grade and experience) with a wide range of additional benefits, the opportunity to continually develop skills and experience across a range of different specialist teams within children’s and adults across rural and urban localities.
Regular line supervision
A supportive environment
Induction, support and mentoring from day one in post
Flexible working

For an informal conversation, please contact Dorothy Chambers, Senior Manager Dorothy.Chambers@northumberland.gov.uk,, or Emma Walker Team Manager - Early Help emma.walker@northumberland.gov.uk who can be contacted on 01670 536400

For more information please see the attached job description and person specification here and closing date for applications is midnight on 20th September 2019

Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; if Trans applicants have any concerns regarding the process please contact Rebecca Harding (Trans HR Support Officer) on 07770975678 or rebecca.harding@northumberland.gov.uk.
We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. All applications to work on a part-time will be considered in line with the requirements of the post and the needs of the service.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk

Please note
This job is closed for applications.