Social Work Family Support Officer

Location Southwark
Job type Contract
Salary £17.45 - 17.45 per hour
Contact Tom Loomes
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Reference 169494

Sanctuary Personnel, an award-winning and renowned Recruitment Agency is looking for an experienced and dedicated Social Work Family Support Officer to work full-time based in Southwark.

The pay rate for this locum Family Support Officer job is £17.45 per hour (Assignment rate) and is an initial 4-month contract.

Contractual hours of duty are in accordance with the needs of the service with a minimum of 36 per week. The post holder may be required to work outside of normal working hours (e.g. attending occasional evening or weekend meetings / training) in accordance with service needs. This work will be planned and flexi time arrangements will apply. Time off in lieu arrangements will apply.


  • Provide an effective and targeted Early Help service in an integrated team in the context of the Children and Young People’s Plan and it’s underpinning Early Help Strategy
  • Ensure at all times that maximum attention and effort is given to promoting the well-being, social and emotional development, achievement, good behaviour and safety for the children and young people of Southwark
  • Provide an Early Help service to families with children where support is likely to help the family stay together and become more effective
  • Provide a service to families where there are concerns about a child’s learning and development or behaviour. Principal accountabilities
  • Maintain and progress a caseload of families in accordance with service procedures, with the aim of addressing the targeted needs identified and assessed with a minimum of delay
  • Use a variety of professional skills, including consultation, identification, assessment, intervention planning / delivery, review, etc. to (a) promote effective partnerships between children and young people, their parents / carers and practitioners who work with them and (b) achieve positive outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families
  • Develop, implement and review a range of innovative strategies to promote and improve parental capacity, demonstrating the effectiveness of evidence-informed practice and outcomes for children, young people and families
  • Provide swift and easy access to advice, support and guidance via the Early Help duty desk service
  • Conduct all work related to children and families in the framework of the integrated tools and processes (common assessment, Team Around the Child and Lead Professional) outlined in the Early Help Strategy, all of which work is quality assured to Southwark standards
  • Identify, refer and support children and young people who are suffering (or thought likely to suffer) significant harm as described in statutory guidance; to include advising on child protection matters to other practitioners in the team
  • Deploy a range of strategies, including casework and parenting programmes, to empower parents to parent independently

Requirements of the Family Support Officer:

  • A relevant qualification in childcare / education / related discipline (including but not limited to NNEB, BTEC, QTS, BA / Foundation Degree, Dip SW, NVQ3, etc.) and commensurate literacy and numeracy skills
  • Current Social Work England registration
  • Demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to promote the principle of equality in employment and service delivery
  • Be familiar with and promote the Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm to the Council’s corporate objectives of Performance appraisal and Investors in People

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Daily payroll
  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive social work knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each social worker you refer who we successfully place after 100 hours of work has been completed
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support with a specialist safeguarding team
  • In-house payroll system
  • Free digital copy of the Social Work News Magazine


This Family Support Officer job is advertised by Tom Loomes; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

As a pioneer of diverse recruitment, Sanctuary Personnel is proud to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds as our pool of candidates is very much reflective of the clients that candidates will support within their role. This very much played a significant in previously winning ‘Best Candidate Care’ at the Recruiter Awards as well being a two-time finalist for the same award.

Sanctuary takes great pride in building candidate and client relationships that promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

With recruitment consultants and all other employees undertaking annual online training on EDI and many other compliance training courses, Sanctuary is best-placed to undertake a fair and thorough selection process.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.