Colchester, Essex
£22070 - £23307 per annum
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Children and Families Caseworker (Domestic Abuse)
Based at our refuge and community outreach locations across North and Mid Essex

Do you have experience of working with vulnerable children and their families? Perhaps you are a Support Worker or Learning Support Assistant looking to pursue a specialist career path? 

If so, this is an exciting opportunity to make a positive, lasting difference to children and families in your community. 

About Us

We are Next Chapter, a domestic abuse charity that provides free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced, domestic abuse. We work across Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Uttlesford.

Formerly known as Colchester & Tendring Women's Refuge, our mission is to provide rapid responses that increase safety for all victims, enabling them to rebuild their lives and create lasting change.

We are looking for a Children and Families Caseworker to join us on a 12 month fixed-term contract that has the potential to extend or become a permanent position.

The Benefits

- Salary of £22,070 - £23,307 per annum DOE & qualifications
- Career development and progression opportunities
- Join a skilled team who are passionate about making a positive change

This is a brilliant opportunity to take on a rewarding contract and build on your existing expertise with a well-established charity.

Our staff are our most valuable asset, so we are dedicated to creating a nurturing work environment where all can thrive. We are open, honest and fair, value diversity and always strive to act with courage; challenging injustices and enabling the voices of our survivors to be heard.

We are working towards a future without domestic abuse. If you are approachable, compassionate and eager to help us achieve our goal, this is the role for you.

The Role

As a Children and Families Caseworker, you will provide specialist domestic abuse support to children, as well as their parents.

In this important role, you’ll work with our Independent Domestic Violence Advisors and Domestic Abuse Practitioners to rebuild family bonds and increase the resilience of families as a whole.

Specifically, you will:

- Work as part of the Children & Young People’s Service to accept and manage referrals
- Support children and young people through 1:1 work, family and group activities
- Carry out initial needs and risk assessments
- Provide a needs-led, trauma-sensitive approach to supporting service users 
- Ensure that families have robust safety support plans in place

About You

To join us as a Children and Families Caseworker, you will need experience of the following:

- Working with vulnerable children and their families
- Building supportive relationships with children
- Running groups with children and parents
- Working alongside other agencies

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational qualification under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

We’re eager to hear from you if you’ve worked as a Support Worker, Learning Support Assistant, Teaching Assistant, TA, or in a similar education or support role.

Other organisations may call this role Domestic Violence Support Worker, Children’s Support Worker, Domestic Abuse Support Worker, Family Support Worker, or Caseworker.

This role is available on a full-time or part-time basis, working 37.5 hours per week, or 37.5 hours per week during term time only (077 FTE).

Next Chapter is committed to creating an inclusive environment which celebrates difference and allows our staff and service users to flourish.

So, if you are seeking your next step as a Children and Families Caseworker, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

Refreshed on: 28 July 2020
Closed date: 31 July 2020
Job ref: HKWLX1408/PK-HL
Tags: Social Care/Development