Family Support Co-ordinator
Home-Start Central Lancashire seeks to recruit a Family Support Coordinator to play a major role in the further expansion of our holistic family support service.
Home-Start is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under nineteen years of age. Volunteers offer regular support, friendship, and practical help to families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown. Our team of coordinators manage and supervise the support given by volunteers and work directly with families themselves.
Job Title: Home-Start Family Support Co-ordinator
Employer: Home-Start Central Lancashire, Market Street, Chorley and
throughout the Lancashire wide area.
Reports to: The Business and Development Manager
Hours of work: 21 hours per week at £10.71 per hour.
Salary: £11,695 plus 8% non-contributory pension.
Purposes of the job
• To contribute to the effective day to day operation of the scheme in accordance with the Home-Start Memorandum & Articles of Association, Home-Start,
Standards & Methods of Practice, Home-Start Agreement, and the Quality Assurance Standards.
• To maintain high standards of practice in supporting families within the Home-Start model
• To ensure equality of opportunity, fairness, and diversity in all aspects of the scheme’s work.
• Implement good safeguarding practice in all areas of work
Supporting the work of the scheme
• Undertaking work as delegated by the Best Practice Officer to support the strategic management, development, and future funding of the scheme.
• Supporting the implementation and review of all Home-Start policies and procedures.
• Complying with the scheme’s administration, monitoring and financial systems.
• Promoting the work of the scheme, as required by the Best Practice Officer.
• Contributing to and supporting the development of the Home-Start network locally, regionally, and nationally.
Support for families
• Receiving referrals and assessing the needs of families.
• Introducing families to appropriate support.
• Ensuring support to families is reviewed at regular intervals and at the end of Home-Start support, in line with current Home-Start guidance
• To undertake designated responsibilities to safeguard and promote children’s welfare.
• Selecting and preparing suitable volunteers.
• Matching and introducing volunteers to families.
• Contribute as directed to the delivery of the Home-Start preparation course in full and to a high standard to all prospective volunteers
• Providing support, supervision, and initial and on-going training opportunities for volunteers.
Working in Partnership
• Ensuring appropriate liaison with referrers and other professionals
• Networking appropriately within the community.
A job description does not constitute a ‘term and condition of employment’. It is provided only as a guide to assist an individual in the performance of the job and is not included to be an inflexible list of tasks.
Home-Start Central Lancashire is a fast-moving organisation and therefore an employee’s duties may be varied from time to time. The post holder accepts that they may be asked to undertake any other work or duties as may reasonably be required within the scope of and commensurate to the nature of the post as and when required.
Please complete the attached application form and return to the address stated no later than 12.30pm Friday 5th June 2020.
Interviews for this post will be held on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th June 2020
Successful candidates will be subject to DBS checks and required to provide 2 references.
This job description is current as at 21st May 2020
Person Specification for Family Support Co-ordinator
Essential and desirable skills, abilities, experience, knowledge, and special requirements for the post of Home-Start organiser/coordinator.
This form also indicates how different requirements may be assessed during the selection process:
Person Specification – Family Support Coordinator
ESSENTIAL Method of Assessment
Education and qualifications
Good standard of education (GCSE, NVQ level 3 or equivalent)
Relevant previous or current employment or voluntary work, including of working with families
Supporting the organisation
Knowledge of the voluntary sector and the roles and responsibilities of voluntary management committees
Ability to process and collate information
Ability to prepare reports and statistical information
Understanding of the needs of families with young children
Knowledge of safeguarding issues
Knowledge of current legislation and policies relating to children and families
Working with others
Ability to work as part of a team
Ability to help develop and contribute towards training
Working in partnership and in the wider context
Knowledge of the roles of agencies providing services for children and families
A positive and creative approach to tackling tasks
Commitment to good safeguarding practice
Knowledge of and commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
Understanding of the need for professional confidentiality
Good written and verbal communication skills
Able to work flexibly, some evening or weekend work and occasional residential training
Willingness to access training opportunities
Eligibility to work in the UK
Relevant professional training, for example, Health Visitor, Teacher, Social worker, Childcarer
Experience of work in the voluntary sector or as a volunteer
The closing date for this post is 12.30 pm Friday 5th June – any applications received after this date cannot be considered.
Interview Dates are Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th June 2020. Please e-mail you’re completed to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Donna Hussain, Home-Start Central Lancashire, 112A Market Street, Chorley PR7 2SL.