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Family Safeguarding Recovery Worker - SDAS - Yeovil

Job Introduction

Fixed Term Contract - Up to 24 Months (Possible Extension)

This is a new and exciting service working in partnership with Somerset County Council’s Children’s services.

Children’s Services have led on the development of a new approach to working with families through the Family Safeguarding Model. The model creates Family Safeguarding Teams who are multi-disciplinary and include professionals with specialisms in social work, domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse who provide high quality support to families with complex needs as part of the Family Safeguarding approach.

This service will be co-located within Children’s Services teams, working with adults with ongoing or a history of domestic abuse to achieve their goals, live safely, free from violence and improve outcomes for the families, specifically in relation to their parenting ability. 

The Family Safeguarding teams will operate in the Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton and Mendip areas.

At Turning Point, we support people across the UK with substance misuse issues. As a Family Safeguarding Recovery Worker, you'll make a real difference to their lives as you develop the personal, flexible and realistic support packages they need to help turn things around. Passionate about people, you'll enjoy the scope and support to enhance your own life too, as you make the role your own as part of a friendly and multidisciplinary team.

As directed by the SDAS Young Persons & Family Service Manager / Family Safeguarding Team Leader, the Safeguarding Recovery Worker will be an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team within the Somerset Family Safeguarding Team delivering comprehensive interventions, underpinned by Motivational Interviewing Techniques, that will include delivering a full range of outreach, open access and case management services, Support medically assisted recovery where appropriate, and recovery interventions to families affected by substance misuse where children are subject to Children Protection or Child in Need Plans.  

Role Responsibility

To provide high quality support and interventions to the highest risk families as part of the Family Safeguarding Team. This includes working with adults and young people with a history of substance misuse to achieve their goals and improve outcomes for the whole family. 

The Safeguarding Family Recovery Worker is responsible for providing the full range of services across an operational site in Somerset as well as the outreach provision in the locality area.

The Safeguarding Family Recovery Worker will carry a case load and provide screening, comprehensive assessments, needle exchange, risk assessment and risk management, recovery planning & review, support access to medically assisted recovery (through titration and prescribing regimes), provide outreach services including home visits, deliver 1-1 key working sessions as well as semi and structured groups to support families through engagement, detoxification, stabilisation and rehabilitation.

The post will be required to contribute to the overall aims and objectives of the Family Safeguarding Team by compiling data and progress reports as directed and in line with the Family Safeguarding Workbook.  

The focus of all interventions will be: 

  • To reduce substance related harm to the individual and their children 
  • To reduce the negative impact on children and families of parental substance misuse and associated lifestyle factors 
  • To promote healthier life styles and increase family choice 
  • To promote and support parents/carers into both abstinence based and medically assisted forms of recovery 
  • To provide effective case management and coordination of the individual’s treatment plan in support of the children’s CP or CIN Plan.  
  • To promote family members involvement to improve outcomes for children 

The post holder will be responsible for contributing to the overall performance of the service to ensure that contractual output targets are achieved and will be required to record and input client data and information in order that the service operates within contractual, administrative and financial requirements. 

The post holder will be required to work flexibly across operational sites as required and within an agreed number of hours to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision. 

The Ideal Candidate

Having handled a significant caseload in a busy environment as a Recovery Worker or similar, you'll have a deep understanding of substance misuse and the Recovery Agenda. It's an extremely varied role, so flexibility, a track record of DANOS compliance and knowledge of relapse and other barriers to recovery will be vital. Naturally, we also look for Recovery Workers with excellent communication skills and, ideally, a vocational qualification, such as an NVQ 3 or equivalent.

Excellent IT skills with knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook etc. are essential for this role. (Tested at interview)

The facilitation of workshops, managing of recovery coordination sessions, compiling risk assessments and risk management plans, care planning and reduction plans are just some of the varied duties you will be providing.

About us

Why Turning Point?

As a leading health and social care provider with more than 300 locations across England, we take real pride in the services we offer.

Across the varied regions, sectors and settings we operate within, our organisation is held together by a shared vision – and our people are connected by the same values. These include belief in potential, confidence in communication, embracing positive change and always treating each other as individuals.

We run all of our services on a not-for-profit basis; instead, we invest every penny back into our services and people. We never stop believing in change for the better, and we work constantly to improve the lives of the people we support.

Our people bring our vision to life. So, if you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to support others to fulfilling their potential, here at Turning Point, we don't just offer you a job – we offer you a career.

What Benefits Will I Receive?

Of course, we know it's not about the money. But that doesn't mean we don't reward our people for their invaluable work with a benefits package that includes:

  • Comprehensive opportunities to learn and develop, with silver accreditation from Investors in People
  • 28 days’ paid holiday a year, increasing with each year of service up to 30 days. Plus the option to purchase additional holidays
  • Flexible benefit options including cycle to work schemes and season ticket loans
  • Competitive pension and life assurance schemes
  • Employee assistance programme and access to online health and wellbeing support
  • Flexible working patterns to support work-life balance
  • Access to a wide range of discounts, including cinema tickets, grocery and high-street shopping and gym memberships

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we are able to appoint to the vacancy before the advertised closed date.

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