Job Description

We have new exciting opportunities available for a Female Family Support Worker to join our team based in North Somerset.

You will join us on a full-time permanent basis working 37.5 hours per week from 8.30am – 5.30pm.

In return, you will receive a competitive salary of £22,183 per annum and benefits.

Established in 1999, Next Link is the leading provider of domestic abuse services to women and children in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. At Next Link, we are committed to providing holistic, empowering, and personalised support and advocacy to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. With a focus on survivor’s safety and recovery; we believe the provision of flexible support tailored to survivors’ needs can be transforming, helping to maximise independence and self-determination so survivors can make informed choices.

In return for joining us, we will offer you:
– Up to 30 days annual leave (depending on length of service)
– 3 extra holidays including International Women’s Day
– Excellent development and training opportunities
– Employer pension contribution (minimum 5% of your gross salary)
– Mindful Employer Plus Scheme
– Cycle to Work Scheme
– Long Service Awards
– Wellness Awards.

About the role:
As our Female Family Support Worker, you will be working with families, in particular children and young people (CYP) aged 0 – 17 who may have experienced or witnessed domestic violence and abuse and are supported in Next Link’s Community services and accommodated within our Safe Houses.

Key duties and responsibilities of our Female Family Support Worker include:
– Providing high-quality service and co-ordinated package of on-going emotional and practical support to CYP who are suffering effects from the trauma of, or have experienced domestic abuse
– Providing personal welfare support to CYP and ensuring that families in the safe house are provided with a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment
– Responsibility for coordinating and managing play and educational activities for children in the community and safehouses
– Working with children and young people to help them to become integrated into a new or existing community or safehouse
– Providing support for families through family court proceedings
– Developing positive, trusting relationships with CYP of all ages and work in a child-focussed way
– Liaising effectively and collaboratively with all appropriate agencies relating to CYP / family welfare
– Carrying out assessments that effectively establish the support needs of CYP/ families using our services
– Completing a written support plan with the CYP and their mother
– Recognising, respecting, and addressing the needs of service-users who face particular barriers when seeking help

Our ideal Female Family Support Worker will have:
– Ability to build and develop supportive relationships with abused women and their children maintaining professional boundaries
– Experience of carrying out needs assessments and delivering outcome-focused support to families in an engaging and empowering way
– Ability to proactively organise and develop a child-centred activity programme that meets the needs of diverse CYP
– Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with a range of people
– Ability to work as part of a team demonstrating a flexible approach including a commitment to being part of a rota and on-call system
– Ability to be calm and resilient whilst under pressure and to remain optimistic and persistent
– A full driving licence and access to transport

Closing date: 9am Friday 26th February 2021.
Interview date: Thursday 4th March 2021.

If you are motivated, resourceful, and passionate about empowering female victims of domestic abuse, please apply now to join us as our Female Family Support Worker and contribute to the valuable work of Next Link and its wider services, delivering hope and support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse.
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Next Link is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults at risk of abuse, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Missing Link is committed to Equal Opportunities. *Due to the specific requirements of this role, this post is exempt under the Equality Act (2010), Part 1, Schedule 9 (Genuine Occupational Requirement.)