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Family Worker (Advocate)

Bury Saint Edmunds



Company Description

  • Catch22 Include schools (https://www.catch-22.org.uk/services/include/) helps vulnerable young people with challenging behaviours to realise their full potential.

Our independent schools and a range of tailored support programmes are targeted at young people who fall into high-risk groups in all key stages, including those who are excluded or at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools or Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), and those with social, emotional and/or mental health needs (SEMH) or special educational needs (SEN).

You can read more about our Suffolk schools on our website (https://www.includesuffolk.org.uk/).

Job Description

Do you have expertise in working with young people with complex needs and behavioural difficulties? Do you believe that all young people have the capacity to learn, regardless of their life situation? Do you want to be a part of a team that is leading the way in Torbay, by changing the futures of excluded and marginalised young people?

As the Family Worker (internally known as Advocate), you’ll have a key part to play in the school’s success. Working closely with the Headteacher and teaching staff, you’ll assess each pupil’s educational, emotional and behavioural needs, and then devise tailored support programmes to meet them. These could include individual sessions, group work, family visits and other interventions.

Main responsibilities

  • Support staff in the completion of behaviour management (SPINE) plans and Risk Assessments
  • Support staff in developing personalised strategies for individual students as necessary
  • Organise and deliver 1:1 and small group targeted support, advice, guidance, practical help and mentoring for learners as appropriate to their needs and context
  • Establish close collaborative and informative relationships with a range of partners including, but not limited to: Social Services, YOT, police,  parents and communities
  • Facilitate reintegration, restorative and class meetings to address and prevent harm caused by students as well as relationships and bullying incidents

For list of full responsibilities, please see  Job

The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, parents and carers and other agencies will be vital, allied with the organisational skills to manage a busy caseload while maintaining accurate records and preparing written reports. But most of all, you’ll share our passion for achieving positive outcomes for vulnerable young people.


  • A relevant professional qualification (NVQ level 2) in working with young people, e.g. teaching, youth and community work, social work, counselling, mentoring.
  • Level 2 English and Maths.


  • Experience of working with complex young people and families who have social, emotional and behavioral difficulties.
  • Experience of assessing family situations and needs to develop and implement effective strategies, risk assessments and individual educational/learning support plans.
  • Working with a range of issues affecting young people and their families, such as substance misuse, domestic violence, multiple exclusions, offending behaviour .
  • Managing complex cases ranging from level 2-4 on the continuum of need.

  • Full Person
  • Additional Information

  • Interviews for this post will take place week commencing 14th October 2019
  • 37 hours per week, 52 weeks
  • up to £22,000  (depending upon qualifications, skills and experience)

Catch 22 are committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and young people / vulnerable adults and expects all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check. As with all posts, the successful applicant will be required to provide proof of their right to work in the UK and, if they have lived abroad, overseas police clearance/s will need to be sought

Posted 9 days ago

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