Children’s Support Worker Job at Look Ahead Housing and Care – in Kent

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£23,000 per annum


plus 25 days Annual Leave, Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more.

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Children’s Support Worker

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Recruiting for a Female Domestic Abuse Children’s Support Worker to join our Domestic Abuse Service in West Kent

GBP 23,000 per annum working 40 hours per week on 12 months Fixed- Term contract (Monday- Friday 9.00-5.30 flexible hours shift pattern) plus 25 days Annual Leave, Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more.

Job Overview:
To offer practical and emotional support to children and young people aged 0-16 years, who are living with the effects of Domestic Abuse and Violence and overcoming the traumatic impact on their lives. The support is offered during their time in the refuge, through the transition from refuge to their new home and ongoing support in the community. Support is also offered to children who live in the wider community who access the service independently. To liaise and work together with all other agencies involved with the families, in order to meet their ongoing needs appropriately and effectively. The post is restricted to females only due to the nature of the role. The occupational Requirement under Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality Act 2010 applies.

Key Responsibilities:
This is not an exhaustive list of all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time and is subject to change in accordance with the needs of Look Ahead.

  • To ensure that the needs of children and young people in the refuge are assessed as part of admission and the duration of their stay
  • To plan and implement a programme of therapeutic and recreational activities for children and young people living both at the refuge and in the community, as well as play-work and activity trips • To provide individual, age appropriate key working sessions for children of all ages. With a focus on safeguarding, including risk and safety planning, emotional & physical health & wellbeing, education and social & family networks
  • To encourage and support mothers to build loving and consistent relationships with their children • To work in partnership with all agencies in relation to safeguarding children following both local and national approaches around Early Help Assessments, CIN, TAF and Child Protection Protocols
  • To act as the Lead Practitioner in early help assessments and using early help principles to develop support plans for sub-threshold families, ensuring effective multi-agency involvement
  • To write and contribute to the completion of Reports for Courts and Children’s Social Care Conferences and meetings regarding the families, when required.
  • To keep up to date with, and implement, requirements of the Law and any other Legislation relating to work with children, such as the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, and Child Protection Policies and Procedures
  • To advocate on behalf of children and young people with experience of domestic abuse on an individual and group basis
  • To develop links with appropriate agencies to ensure the diverse needs of children and young people using the service are met, and to communicate with nurseries, schools and other educational establishments
  • To coproduce a scale to measure outcomes, and involve children in the decision making process where possible
  • To take all reasonable steps to ensure that work with the children is as appropriate as possible with regards to children’s cultural and religious backgrounds and any special needs
  • To educate and foster an understanding with mums, as well as other agencies, of the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people, and the resulting needs and issues
  • Enable families to make full use of appropriate community facilities
  • Report any observations relating to children, or their family’s welfare
  • Adhere to all the policies and procedures of Look Ahead Care, Support & Housing plus those specific to the project including any statutory requirements
  • Ensure Look Ahead Health and Safety policies and local protocols are adhered to at all times
  • Maintain records as required at the project under the direction of the Support Workers/ management
  • Participate in team meetings/reviews and the general development of the service
  • Undertake any other duties consistent with the grade and nature of the post as may be reasonably assigned

Person Specification:

  • Exudes a warm friendly presence and open behaviour
  • Prefers working as part of a group or team
  • Is fundamentally calm and resilient, does not let emotion adversely affect them or obscure their judgement
  • Flexible
  • Open to feedback and self-development
  • Has a practical and logical mind and is naturally well organised
  • Thrives on change and enjoys dynamic diverse environments Mission & Values ‘Working with people to make choices, achieve goals and take control of their live through high quality care, support and housing’
  • Is confident with high levels of self-esteem
  • Is respectful, articulate and sensitive in style of communication
  • Is motivated towards excellence and improvement of personal performance with a can do attitude
  • Enjoys social interaction and the company of others, joins in local activities to encourage customer involvement
  • Ability to cope positively with challenging and diverse behaviour


  • A recognised qualification in childcare such as NVQ level 3, NNEB/DCE,
  • Experience of working with children of all ages
  • Experience of working with children who’ve experienced domestic abuse
  • Ability to communicate effectively with children of different ages and backgrounds, and help them communicate their experiences
  • Experience of planning, facilitating, evaluating and recording group play
  • Experience of writing Reports
  • Ability to work flexibly around working


  • Experience of working with children in a residential setting
  • Experience of delivering domestic abuse recovery programmes

This post is restricted to female applicants pursuant to Section 9s of the Equality Act 2010.

This position is advertised in accordance with para 1, Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010.

If your application for this role is unsuccessful, but we feel that you would be suitable for another role, we may contact you to discuss alternative opportunities. If this occurs, you would not need to submit another application for the alternative role.

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we are able to appoint to the vacancy before the advertised closed date.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion at work and are accredited with the Inclusive Employers Standard 2020. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

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