Oxfordshire Mind
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Bicester, Oxfordshire
£21,748 - £24,981 per year (SCP 11-18) per annum, pro rata
Contract, Part-time, 18.5 hours per week
Job description

Job Title: Mental Health Worker - Family Safeguarding Plus (FSP)
Hours: 18.5 Hours per week
Salary: £21,748 - £24,981 (SCP 11-18) per annum, pro rata
Location: Allocated FSP buildings within Oxfordshire
Contract Type: Fixed-Term until end March 2022

About Oxfordshire Mind

We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We’re here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support; in total over 20,000 people in Oxfordshire access our services each year. With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem at some point in their lives, people need Mind more than ever.

Purpose of the Family Safeguarding Plus (FSP) Model

Oxfordshire County Council is making changes to the way we support children and families. As part of these changes, we will be providing new services to help and support parents. The services will be for:

  • Parents with Mental Health needs
  • Parents with Substance/Alcohol Misuse needs
  • Parents involved in domestic abuse

Oxfordshire Mind, Elmore Community Services, Connection Support and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust are delivering the service for parents with mental health needs in partnership.  The mental health team Manager will be employed by Oxfordshire Mind.

Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to deliver the mental health component within the Oxfordshire Family Safeguarding Plus approach. Workers will engage with parent/carers requiring time-limited support with their mental health, as part of the multi-disciplinary Family Safeguarding Plus team, to promote early engagement and aiming to de-escalate families in terms of social care intervention.

Workers will take a holistic and person-centred approach to supporting adults to identify their strengths, set goals and support motivation to improve their mental health and wellbeing through a variety of interventions.  Working alongside social care, substance misuse and domestic abuse colleagues the mental health workers will also be available for consultation and the mutual sharing of good practice between professionals.

The key responsibilities of Mental Health Worker (FSP) are to:

  • Support the delivery of the mental health component within the project,
  • Undertake assessments of parent/carer’s mental health using a suitable, evidence-based assessment tool.
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary way under the direction of the Social Work Team Manager & Mental Health Team Manager
  • Work as part of a multi-agency model with colleagues in the team to assure appropriate, timely intervention.
  • Deliver interventions specifically related to parental capability, mental ill health and presenting need with individuals and groups
  • Undertaking home visits and appointments in the community, in line with agreed risk assessment and management plans, to provide a service to parents/carers
  • Facilitate referrals to secondary mental health services and IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological therapies) as appropriate, including proactively supporting people to attend appointments and tracking progress.

About you

You will have previous experience of working within mental health within a child/family setting and have knowledge of safeguarding children and adults. You will have worked with parents/carers and children who are vulnerable, children that are the subject of children in need or children who first come into care.

You will be able to provide support and guidance to individuals to enable them to identify their own goals to support personal wellbeing and recovery, and the ability to support them in pursuing these.

You will have sound team working skills and the ability to work under pressure whilst using your inactive to achieve the best possible outcome for all involved throughout the process.

Closing Date: Sunday 6th December (midnight)
Interview Date: W/C 14th December (TBC)


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Posted on: 24 November 2020
Closed date: 06 December 2020
Job ref: 157151_MD
Tags: Social Care/Development, Support Worker