Extensive research shows that the impact on children of parental mental health is dependent of various factors including severity, circumstances and the support or protective factors that surround the child. Anxiety, depression and other mental health difficulties can affect attachment and the parent-child relationship, and the impact of disrupted attachment on children’s intellectual, psychological, social and emotional development is well documented.
Family Action’s Newpin model provides a range of interventions and support for children under 5 and their parents who are experiencing mental health problems and where Adverse Childhood Experiences are often a generational feature. Our aim is to ensure both the child and their adults get the support they need to thrive and achieve their potential. Our model harnesses the parent-child relationship, providing a structured, supportive environment to increase parents’ capacity to develop understanding of their child’s communication, emotions, behaviour and needs and to reflect on the impact of their own mental health on their child/ren’s wellbeing.
As Project Manager you will lead the day-to-day management, delivery and development of the service including: managing a small team of staff, providing quality reflective supervision of the direct work with parents and children, develop and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders including families using the service, local partners and commissioners, manage the budget and contract requirements and work with the Operational Manager on the development and evaluation of the service.
You will have excellent direct practice skills where you have provided interventions to families with complex needs (ideally which maximise the development of the parent-child relationship) and promote positive outcomes for children. You will have experience of day-to-day service management including a confident approach to managing, supervising and developing a team of staff (or volunteers) who work with families with complex needs.
Our values: People focus, Mutual Respect, Excellence-in-all-we do and a Can-Do attitude.
If you can relate to these and have the necessary skills and attitude, we can offer you:
- A competitive salary, leave entitlement and pension scheme
- Career development opportunities
- A full induction and ongoing quality training
- The opportunity to become part of Family Action initiatives
- Flexible working hours
- Managed work-loads with regular supportive and reflective supervision
Education, qualifications and experience
1. Educated to degree level or equivalent with a recognised professional qualification in early years, social work, health, education, psychology/counselling/psychotherapy. Management qualification would be beneficial but not essential.
2. Proven knowledge of potential impact of parental mental health and parent-child relationship on children’s social, intellectual, emotional and psychological development.
3. Extensive experience in delivering interventions for families with complex needs/ACE’s such as parental mental health, in a planned and structured way to promote positive outcomes for children, family resilience and wellbeing.
4. Experience of managing services which work successfully to deliver positive outcomes for children and families.
5. Experience of supervising, managing and leading a staff team working with families who have complex needs. Confidence in training and developing staff practice skills and professional development.
6. Experience and working knowledge of child and adult Safeguarding issues in a multi-agency arena and management of risk.
7. Experience of collecting information, writing case studies and outcome data which evaluates performance and impact.
Abilities and skills
8. Ability to maintain a focus on the child, their safety and lived experience at all times, particularly when responding to the needs of their adults who may be themselves experiencing (or have experienced) significant distress and trauma.
9. A confident and professional approach to work with families and a variety of stakeholders. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal and proven ability to develop and sustain relationships with colleagues, partners and commissioners.
10. Excellent knowledge and understanding of risk management, health and safety issues and pan-London Child Protection procedures and Working Together to Safeguard Children, as well as ability to work in accordance with local and organisational Child Protection and Safeguarding policies and procedures (for both children and adults) and keep up to date as required. Implementing child protection procedures in consultation with management.
11. A commitment to community participation and user involvement, as well as the professional credibility to influence individuals and groups through the provision of advice/consultation, negotiation and training with a proven commitment to reflective practice.
12. Excellent IT skills, experience of using database for case recording. Ability to collect and analyse data that informs the service as well as local stakeholders and funders performance, trends, gaps in provision, risks, barriers as well as successes and contribute to production of monitoring and evaluation reports in accordance with funding specification.
13. Ability to problem solve, applying creativity and innovation.
14. Ability to draft, monitor and control budgets to ensure service costs are contained within contract fee.
15. Able to evidence Family Action’s values at all times, which underpin Family Action’s mission of ‘building stronger families’ by:
a) Being people focused
b) Reflecting a ‘can do’ approach
c) Striving for excellence in everything we do
d) Having mutual respect for everyone we work with, work for and support through our services
16. Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service.
Please visit our current vacancies page for further information and to download an application form and the documents to apply.
Closing date: 7th October 2020 at 9am