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£30,000 per year
Contract, 22 months, Full-time
Job description

About Soundabout: 

Soundabout is a charity that uses music to empower and unlock the potential of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The charity leads the provision of training and delivery of music-centred approaches to working with people with severe, or profound and multiple learning difficulties. We work across the UK in a variety of settings such as special schools, early years’ environments and care services.

At Soundabout, we believe that everybody deserves to have a voice. Rather than focusing on what people can’t do, we want to emphasize what they can do. We believe that people with severe and profound learning difficulties including autism should have a life full of expression, passion, and enjoyment. To enable this to happen we aim to educate, support, and empower through both empowering training and supporting those in our community. That’s why we use music to enable people with learning difficulties to express themselves, connect with others, and feel the warmth of music. 

We have a small core office team and a growing body of freelance practitioners who are the creative, delivery force of our work. 

Diversity and equal opportunities 

Soundabout is an equal opportunity and Living Wage employer. We are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining diverse candidates, as it’s important that our team reflect the communities we serve at every level within the charity. We especially welcome applications from people from under-represented groups and are committed to making adjustments that would support you in applying for or carrying out the role. We are currently under-represented by disabled and neurodivergent people, people from under-represented minorities, and from the LGBTQ community. 

The Role 

The role of the Family Support Co-ordinator is to build the knowledge, skills and confidence of families with profoundly disabled children to interact musically with their child to benefit their development, personal and social interactions and build family resilience, enhancing wellbeing and reducing isolation for parents/carers. A key part of the role will be to measure the longitudinal progress and development of children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities supported by Soundabout, to help the charity develop and improve our practice to ensure the best outcomes. 

The role is also the first point of contact for families when enquiring about Soundabout, sharing ideas for opportunities to engage with our services and offering additional support to our families as and when needed, trouble-shooting any access or other issues or concerns.

The post holder must be willing to lead on our Safeguarding agenda (either through pre-existing experience or by attending appropriate training).

The Candidate:

You will be a warm, flexible, and energetic team player with significant experience of working with families of profoundly disabled children and a commitment to reducing isolation for families and building support networks and connections. You may have an understanding of how music and sound can be used as a developmental tool and to build family cohesion and resilience. You are motivated by the opportunity to improve the lives of people with severe and profound learning disabilities and their families.

Key responsibilities:  

  • To be the primary point of support for all families with children who have profound and severe learning difficulties and are part of Soundabout’s community; whether attending music-making sessions, participating in 1:1 support sessions with our music practitioners or as part of Soundabout’s Inclusive Choir and associated groups. 

  • To induct new families into the organisation, exploring with them the opportunities available and best suited to each child and family’s needs. Introduce families to our evaluative processes to be undertaken by Soundabout practitioners and track progress, providing bi-annual updates to families via progress reports. Signpost families to other opportunities and forms of support as appropriate.

  • To maintain regular contact with the families through ‘light touch’ support via telephone, email and zoom, as and when appropriate, and undertake annual re-assessments. 

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead for Soundabout 

  • Leading Soundabout’s participation agenda, so the voice of participants and their families are heard and taken into account across our organisation. 

Specific duties:  

  • To update and distribute a welcome pack for all current and new families, highlighting the charity’s safeguarding and privacy policies, the charity’s broader services and signposting to other opportunities and supportive organisations.

  • To measure the longitudinal progress and development of children and young people with severe learning difficulty (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) supported by Soundabout and use the evaluation information to develop and improve Soundabout’s services. 

  • Maintain contact as required and agreed with each family through telephone/email/zoom/social media.

  • Assess the needs, strengths and challenges of the child and family. 

  • Identify and agree with the child and family, the support and services they would like to access. 

  • Highlight the support available for siblings of disabled children and encourage their involvement in Soundabout’s community.

  • Provide ongoing support and resources developed by Soundabout and relevant organisations.

  • Developing a strong participant-led voice for Soundabout. 

  • Collecting information and maintaining database for our families. 

  • Planning and organising appropriate family-focused events and finding appropriate partnerships. 

  • Play a central role in the Soundabout team and represent the voice of people with a learning disability and their family members within and outside of the organisation 

Application resources
Application Instructions

Please submit the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (the link is on the full job description).

Posted on: 03 August 2022
Closing date: 29 August 2022 at 09:00
Tags: Social Care/Development,Support Worker

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