Temporary Flexible FGC Coordinator - Working for Essex
Salary: £500 per FGC plus £15 p/h Admin Rate
Closing date: 16 Jun 2024
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16941
Role: Social Care
About the role

Temporary Flexible FGC Coordinator

£500 per FGC plus £15 p/h Admin Rate

Location: Countywide

Closing Date: 16th June 2024

Please note, this is an ‘As and When’ role and Coordinators will be paid £500 per FGC and £15 per hour admin rate.

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

The Role

To act as an FGC Co-ordinator under the supervision of FGC Team Manager/ Senior Practitioner and undertake presentations of the FGC model to other professionals.

Job Purpose

  • To undertake FGC Co-ordinator’s role.
  • To work closely with referring Practitioners to FGC Service.
  • To promote the participation of the family network in supporting children.

Key Accountabilities

  • To carry out Family Group Conferences with families and allocated social workers as practice guidance outlines.
  • To coordinate Family Group Conferences by liaising closely with the family network and preparing them for the meeting as practice guidance outlines.
  • To be aware of and to implement good social work practice, including an anti-oppressive and non-judgemental approach, working in partnership with children and families as far as is possible and treating all family members with respect and dignity.
  • To participate in monthly supervision with the Team Manager.
  • To participate in team meetings at least once every quarter.
  • To produce reports to a high standard within timescales and present these reports in a range of forums, including court.
  • To use methods of communicating directly with children and young people to promote children and young people’s wishes and feelings in the FGC process.
  • To listen to family member’s whilst supporting them to work together with others when there may have previously been barriers to communication. This may involve the use of therapeutic skills in assisting others to explore feelings and change their perspectives.
  • To be committed to the development of the FGC Service in each quadrant and the evaluation of its progress. As part of this, to actively seek to promote your individual development.
  • To maintain an up-to-date record of activity on electronic case files.
  • To be able to liaise confidently with people in and outside of Essex County Council to promote the FGC Services, including the voluntary sector.
  • To help develop and deliver the FGC Service with any other teams within Family Operations and any other specialisms as required.
  • To offer advice and information about services available within and outside Family Operations and act as an advocate for families where necessary.
  • To be aware of events and developments in relation to Family Group Conferencing to improve knowledge and expertise.
  • To undertake such duties as may be reasonably required by the Team Manager.
  • To be flexible in working hours. FGC’s can often occur in the evenings and at weekends.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Accredited Family Group Conference training is desirable
  • Otherwise an alternative professional qualification, including NVQ Level 3 Caring for Children and Young People or equivalent, Youth Work, or Health & Social Care, or counselling diploma.
  • Experience of having worked within a statutory Children & Families Social Care team and working in a supportive relationship with children, young people and families
  • A working knowledge of statutory Child Protection procedures and Family Operations.
  • Detailed and in-depth understanding of the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and knowledge of the law relating to children and families, in particular Essex SET Procedures.
  • Knowledge and understanding of theoretical models of child development, family dynamics and risk situations in analysing information about abuse, neglect and trauma.
  • Knowledge and understanding of FGC principles that underpin the model.
  • Knowledge of the role of Independent Co-ordinator.
  • Knowledge of FGC process in relation to Child Protection procedures.
  • Knowledge of the Family Group Conference Service.
  • Knowledge of networking in relation to services available for children and their families.
  • Knowledge of alternative means of communicating.
  • Commitment to anti-oppressive practice and behaviour.
  • Knowledge of departmental policy and procedures and an ability to work within them.
  • A genuine commitment to equal opportunities.
  • A strong commitment to delivering services for children and their families and a commitment to improve this.
  • A commitment to working in partnership with children and their families.
  • Knowledge of other legislation that may affect children and their families.
  • An understanding about how to work effectively and proactively with professional networks.
  • Ability to form respectful relationships with colleagues and work sensitively with colleagues from other agencies.
  • Strong commitment to children’s and families’ rights, in particular their right to have their wishes and feelings sought, considered and taken into account.
  • Ability and commitment to enhance self-development, and to use it for team benefit.
  • Ability to communicate well, non-verbally, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to empathise with children’s needs and those of parents, and separate the two when necessary.
  • Ability to form sound judgements both directly and indirectly.
  • Ability to make decisions speedily and with confidence.
  • Ability to empower children and their carers to enable their full participation in work undertaken.
  • Ability to advocate on behalf of children and families.
  • Ability to set and maintain a high standard of work for oneself.
  • Proven ability to meet timescales.
  • Proven ability to input knowledge, understanding and skills to others.
  • Full driving licence and access to a car for work purposes.
  • To be prepared to drive to meet families across the county and sometimes in other counties as required.
  • To work out of hours where the needs of the service requires it.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next...

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

Please note that Essex County Council has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email curve.resourcing@essex.gov.uk