Kinship Connected Family Worker (East Sussex)

Kinship

Employment Type Contract until April 2025
Location Hybrid · England, UK Based in East Sussex, with some remote working and travel across the region
Salary £23,500 (GBP)
Team Programmes
Seniority Mid-level
  • Closing: 8:00am, 22nd Apr 2024 BST

Perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Work from home option
Employee Assistance Programme
Extra holiday
Sabbatical Opportunities
Professional development
Team social events
Cycle to work scheme

Candidate happiness

8.54 (371)

Job Description

About Kinship:

Kinship is the leading kinship care charity in England and Wales. We offer kinship carers financial, legal, practical and emotional support and understanding from the moment they need it, for as long as they need it. Our expert advice, information and guidance helps with complicated and stressful decisions that so many kinship families have to make. We are always there to support them through challenging times and celebrate the good. 

Kinship carers are strong and determined. Together, they are powerful. We help them build communities of support and action by connecting families locally and across England and Wales. 

We are at the heart of kinship networks, partnering with and influencing service providers, local and national government and other organisations. We give everything we have to fight for each family and their rights, changing society until every kinship family is recognised, valued and supported. 

Kinship care often begins in crisis. A child has parents who are unable to care for them, for whatever reason. It can be frightening, confusing and heart-breaking.

Instinctively, a loved one steps in – a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or family friend. They are now a kinship carer, bringing up the children they love. There is often no chance to prepare. Plans may be pushed aside. Relationships, jobs and savings are frequently sacrificed.

It is life changing and challenging raising children who have been hurt or neglected, but kinship carers do it anyway because they put the children first.

We know how hard life can be for kinship carers, but we have seen the amazing things they are capable of, with someone by their side. With the right support, children raised in kinship families can flourish. 

That is why we support, connect and campaign – to keep kinship families stronger by keeping them together.

About the Team:

As a Kinship Connected Family Worker, you sit within our Programmes Team to deliver our flagship Kinship Connected programme to families in your commissioned area (East Sussex).

About the role.

You will provide intensive one-to-one intensive support to kinship carers and their families to help them become resilient and informed, with a strong support network to help them care for the children in their care.

You will be committed to the work of Kinship and passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable families. You’ll bring excellent relationship building, communication and organisational skills, as well as be able to work on your own initiative and collaboratively with partners. You will have proven experience of working with families, particularly those in more disadvantaged circumstances.  

 

 

Key responsibilities:

One-to-one support

You will provide intensive one-to-one support bespoke to kinship carers and their families over a six-month intervention, working within the Kinship Connected delivery model. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Practical and emotional support to kinship carers virtually or in-person in their home or community.

  • Signposting or referring to relevant national and local services.

  • Liaising with other professionals and organisations.

  • Attending professional meetings when the carer needs extra support (e.g. CIN. CP, family group conference, school meetings).

  • Making referrals to other Kinship services such as Advice, Someone Like Me, Peer-to-Peer.

  • Signposting carers to secure grants from local and national funders.

  • Setting goals for change following Kinship Connected processes, in partnership with the kinship carer.

  • Monitor, review and revise these goals to ensure carers are on track and goals remain relevant and as part of the ‘closing’ process as the carers complete the intervention.

Peer group facilitation and management

You will be responsible for planning, organising, facilitating peer support groups for kinship carers in your area, working in line with the Kinship Connected delivery model.  This will involve:

  • Developing existing groups and setting up new groups as required.

  • Working closely with Kinship’s peer-to-peer service where appropriate.

  • Collaborating with kinship carers, the local authority, and community partners to set up virtual and in-person support groups in your commissioned area.

  • Planning, preparing, facilitating virtual and in-person support groups.

  • Promoting groups in the local area to kinship carers and organisations who work with them, including contributing to the creation of promotional materials.

Participation

  • According to Kinship’s Volunteering policy and other related policies, support kinship carers to engage with opportunities such as volunteering in virtual and in-person support groups.

  • Work proactively to enable kinship carers to influence the design and delivery of the peer support groups delivered in their area (such as topics, time / date, location).

  • Support Kinship’s communications and engagement strategy by providing case studies and sourcing images for newsletters and local media to promote the programme.

Safeguarding and risk management

Kinship has a robust safeguarding structure. You will be supported by a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Designated Deputy Safeguarding Leads (DDSL).

  •  Recognise and respond appropriately to signs of abuse or neglect, following national legislation and procedures and Kinship’s own safeguarding procedures.

  • Liaise with your line manager and safeguarding lead regarding safeguarding concerns, following Kinship’s policies and processes.

  • Provide updates and information for managers about cases of concern.

  • Complete risk assessments for events or groups with families in line with Kinship’s policies and processes to be signed off by a DSL or DDSL.

  • Follow Kinship’s health and safety policies to keep yourself and your clients safe, such as Lone Working Policy, Home Visit Policy and other relevant policies.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure casework, attendance, feedback, and other data related to service delivery are regularly and accurately recorded on our Salesforce database in line with Kinship’s policy and best practice.

  • Ensure completion of carer registration forms, review forms, and closure forms, taking details that will be used to evidence impact.

  • Collect case studies from your kinship carers to help demonstrate impact.

  • Contribute to any reports for local authority partners as required with data and case studies.

  • Attend monitoring meetings as required.

  • Engage in quality assurance processes in line with ongoing programme development.

Relationship and stakeholder management  

  • In partnership with the Senior Project Worker, enable local authorities to understand the programme and pathways for how to make referrals.

  • Support practitioners' meetings with local authorities to encourage referrals, discuss cases, and ensure local authority confidence in the programme.

  • Where applicable, work with local authorities to raise awareness of kinship care and to reach and support kinship carers through the programme.

  • Where possible and relevant, represent Kinship at external events and meetings to raise awareness of the programme and to influence other organisations.

General duties and tasks

  • To attend and engage with team and general staff meetings.

  • To personally prepare for and attend case reviews, one-to-ones and appraisals with your line manager.

  • To act at all times in the best interest of Kinship.

  • To participate in the induction of new staff members and volunteers.

  • To work with line manager to identify own training needs and undertake training and development.

  • To engage in reflective practice, using opportunities for supervision and professional development as appropriate.

  • Deputise for the Senior Project Worker as needed such as internal meetings or external meetings and events.

  • Participate in opportunities provided by Kinship to develop your skills and knowledge such as staff training, ‘Lunch and learn’ sessions.

  • To carry out other related duties as may from time to time be required to fulfil the mission of the team and organisation.

  • To develop Kinship Care Week in your local area.

  • Be willing to travel across England as necessary to attend events and raise the profile of the service and kinship care.

    Standard Clauses

  • The post holder must at all times carry out their responsibilities with due regard to Kinships’ Equal Opportunities Policy and Safeguarding Policy.

  • The post holder must accept responsibility for ensuring that the policies and procedures relating to Health and Safety in the workplace are adhered to at all times.

  • This role will require satisfactory enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

  • The post holder must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with the Data Protection Act.

  • The post holder must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the non-smoking environment of all Kinship offices.

 

Knowledge, abilities, skills and experience

Essential

Experience

  • Experience of family work and undertaking needs assessments both in person and remotely

  • Experience of setting up and facilitating peer support groups on an in-person and remote basis.

  • Experience of working with statutory, voluntary and community networks and the ability to represent the organisation to external stakeholders.

 

Knowledge, skills and understanding

  • Knowledge and understanding of kinship care and the ability to learn quickly about the regulations and guidance relating to special guardians.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • Proven track record of high-level administrative work and experience of working with a case management systems to record interventions.

  • Ability to work on your own initiative and manage a complex and varied workload to successfully meet project deadlines and targets.

  • Right to work in the UK and a Full, clean driver’s licence.

General attributes

  • Positive and can-do attitude and ability manage challenging and sensitive issues.

  • Commitment to the values, aims and objectives of Kinship

  • Ability to apply Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Principles in all areas of work Flexibility to travel across London and to occasional meetings in other parts of England

Desirable

 Experience

  • Personal experience of kinship care

  • Experience of writing articles, reports, web content and other documents or publications aimed at specific audiences.

  • Experience of using Salesforce database

 

 

Knowledge, skills and understanding

  • Knowledge and awareness of the National Kinship Care Strategy for England 2023

  • Network of local contacts in voluntary and community organisations in East Sussex

 

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