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					Dear Applicant Re: Father Engagement Worker (Family Support)

Thank you for your enquiry about the above post, please find enclosed:   Job description & Person Specification Application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. (The application form must usually be used. However, if you have a disability which prevents you from being able to use it please contact me to arrange an alternative method of application) Annual Review 2009 Current Settlement structure

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Further information about the Settlement is available at www.birminghamsettlement.org.uk Please note that this post has been deemed to carry with it a general requirement for the post to be carried out by a male worker in line with section 7 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (as amended). Completed application and equal opportunities forms must be returned to Lyndsey Smith (Faxes and CV’s will not be accepted) at the Centre for the Aston Family by 5pm on 11th November 2009. Application forms arriving after this time will not be put forward to the selection panel. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 16th November 2009. Thank you for your interest in the Settlement and I look forward to hearing from you. Yours faithfully

Martin Holcombe Chief Executive

BIRMINGHAM SETTLEMENT

Job title:
Salary: Hours: Pension: Annual leave: Tenure: Based at:

Father Engagement Worker (Family Support) £19,000 per annum 35 hours per week (flexible) Group Personal Pension with employee’s and employer’s contribution matched at 3% or 5% of salary or Stakeholder Pension 27 days per annum (3 to be taken between Christmas and New Year) plus 2 concessionary days and Bank Holidays (pro rata for part-time staff) Funded to 31 March 2011, will be extended subject to funding Centre for the Aston Family, 359 – 361 Witton Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 6NS. Some travel to other Settlement offices, home visits and delivery venues within reasonable reach. Team Leader – Family Support Services No line management responsibility To engage, empower and support children and their families/parents with a particular emphasis on fathers, including home visits and work in partnership with other agencies to provide the support that families need. Casual car user allowance Due to the nature of the client group, this post has been deemed to carry with it a general requirement for the post to be carried out by a male worker in line with section 7 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (as amended).

Responsible to: Responsible for:

Role Purpose: Allowances: Additional:

Background information: Birmingham Settlement tackles social disadvantage by working at the grassroots. With local people we identify difficulties and work closely together developing services to meet needs. Our work currently covers three broad areas of activity:    Care Services Advice Services Regeneration e.g. family, child and older people services e.g. money, employment and training e.g. community cohesion, capacity building

As a member of the Settlement’s Children’s Centre, this post sits within Care Services and is one of four Support Workers based within the Family Support Team led by the Family Support Team Leader. As Father Engagement Worker (Family Support) you will engage with local families. In particular you will establish links with fathers in the community and encourage and promote fathers engagement in their children’s learning and development. You will ensure fathers are supported to understand the needs of their children – emotional, physical and developmental; and empower fathers to overcome barriers to achieve this. As a member of the Family Support Team, you will work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment maximising access to support networks and services for families and their young children. The requirements listed below are broad definitions of the role. Birmingham Settlement reserves the right to amend and/or change these as and when it sees fit in line with changing needs. The postholder is expected, and agrees, as part of their role, to be flexible to this end.

Key accountabilities/job purpose:
1. Service delivery: Responsible for the day-to-day delivery of Family Support Services including; a) Promoting, developing and facilitating activities for fathers and their children at the Children’s Centre and in the community that will interest and motivate joint involvement in learning with the opportunity for fathers to meet together and receive mutual support b) Identifying and engaging new fathers to the Children’s Centre c) Organising and coordinating consultation activities appropriate to father engagement d) Using e-start to build a profile of father involvement and family profiles e) Monitoring improvements/progress, activities and services delivered through father engagement and support, ensuring e-start provides an up to date picture at all times f) Carry out home visits, venue visits e.g. community and leisure venues to engage with fathers g) Identify needs and support excluded families h) Support fathers to access relevant training and employment opportunities i) Provide a child centred service keeping the well being of the child at the heart of family support and father engagement work j) Undertake risk assessment prior to activities and home/community visits with referring agents and families k) Maintain up to date files and records in a responsible and professional manner l) Attend and contribute to multi-agency meetings as required m) Be responsible for collating evidence of family support and father engagement work as required for the Self Evaluation Form [SEF] and the Annual Conversation n) Ensure priority targets and outcomes for Family Support are met in agreement with the Team Leader o) Be actively involved with the family support team to increase father involvement in service delivery and outcomes p) Ensure all services are customer focused, responsive and delivered to the highest standard q) Contribute to cross team working as directed by Team Leader to ensure effective joint working across the Settlement 2 a) Policies and procedures All staff are expected to work cooperatively with colleagues including offering support, advice and contributing to the development, induction and training of staff and volunteers. All staff are expected to work with a view to achieving best value in all areas of work. To work at all times in accordance with, and to assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures appropriate to Children’s Services, Family Support and Birmingham Settlement as a whole To work at all times with due consideration to the Health and Safety of self and others in accordance with Birmingham Settlement’s Health and Safety Policies. To work at all times in line with Birmingham Settlement’s commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity for children, staff, volunteers and service users. Responsible for maintaining confidentiality concerning all information relating to children, staff, volunteers, service users and funders. Responsibility for ensuring all issues of Safeguarding are dealt with appropriately with support from the Team Leader

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Other: a) To undertake training and attend team and other meetings as required. b) To demonstrate a commitment to the aims, objectives and work of Birmingham Settlement. c) To carry out any other duties commensurate with the post as required by the Team Leader. d) To contribute to the overall aims and ethos of the children centre promoting and subscribing to the values and vision of Birmingham Settlement

e) Some weekend and evening work as required (to be agreed in advance and within reason)

Person specification ESSENTIAL 1 Experience: a) Demonstrable experience of working in an early years environment and with families. b) Experience of successful engagement of fathers with demonstrable outcomes for families and children c) Experience and understanding of the issues of working with families with complex needs and social issues d) Experience of working within the area of child protection e) Proven experience of working in a multi disciplinary and multi agency environment 2 Specialist knowledge: a) Knowledge and understanding of the educational, developmental and health needs of children under five along with the support needs of parents and families of young children. b) Knowledge and understanding of Every Child Matters, the Children’s Act 2004 and the Childcare Act 2006. c) Knowledge and understanding of person centred approaches to service delivery d) An understanding of the importance of and an ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues and parents/carers 3 Education/Training and Qualifications: a) Holder of an NVQ in childcare or other relevant discipline b) Proven ability to use IT packages, excel, word, powerpoint, outlook [or equivalents] 4 Communication/interpersonal skills: a) Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and listening skills with ability to communicate with a range of audiences, service users, professionals and colleagues b) Proven organisational skills including a systematic approach to work, an ability to use own initiative, prioritise, work under pressure and to deadlines. c) Ability to work sensitively with a willingness to be pro-active and work flexibly and creatively with colleagues and as part of a team. d) An understanding of the importance of and an ability to establish good working relationships with professionals, colleagues and parents/carers. 5 Equality and diversity: a) A high level of awareness, understanding and commitment to the principles of good practice in relation to equality and diversity. DESIRABLE 1 General: a) b) c) d) e) f) Family support experience including breast feeding, health promotion and prevention Understanding of early years provision within the PCT and Local Authority Knowledge and understanding of the Common Assessment Framework Experience of working with mothers experiencing ante or post natal depression Knowledge of the SEN Code of Practice Knowledge and understanding of Children Services Plans and Parenting Strategy
Agreed – MH 1009

Board of Trustees PA to CEO Chief Executive Head of Care Fundraiser

Ageing Well Programme Manager

Teacher / Nursery Manager

Team Leader Family Support

Development Manager Shops Coordinator

Finance Manager

Money Advice Manager – Outreach & Training

Money Advice Manager – CMAC

Ageing Well Support Workers

Family Support Workers x 3

Father Engagement Worker

Development Coordinator

Assistant Accountant Shop Managers x 8 Specialist Money Adviser – Probation x 2 Purchase Ledger Clerk Senior Money Adviser

Nail Care Admin

Nursery Nurse x 2

Home Support Worker (PCT)

City Spirit Network Support Workers x 2

Shop Deputy’s x7

Money Adviser x3 Money Adviser – Reaching Out

Shops Transport Employment & Training Adviser (CAF) Finance / Monitoring Officer – Children’s Services

Money Adviser - Housing

Senior Admin Officer CAF Centre Coordinator Admin Officer

CAF Facilities Support Worker

CAF Reception / Admin 57 posts

Birmingham Settlement
Application form
Please complete in black ink, as this form will be copied

1. Post applied for:
2. Personal details:

Father Engagement Worker (Family Support)

Title (Mr, Mrs, Ms etc)……………….First name(s)…………………………………………………………….. Surname/family name ……………………….…….……Previous surname, if changed……………………… Home address………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………….……………….…………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Post code ……..…… Telephone No..………….……… (Daytime)……………..…………………(Evening)…………………………… Mobile No……………………………………Email ………………………………………………………………… Do you need a work permit to work in the UK? Yes/No If yes please give date of expiry……..

Have you ever worked or been a volunteer/trainee at Birmingham Settlement? Yes/No If yes, please give details of dates and areas of work.

How did you learn of this vacancy?

If you are selected for interview which is the best way to contact you during work hours? Please give details.

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Current/most recent employer:

Company/organisation name ………………………………………………………………………………………. Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Postcode ……………………………………………Telephone No ….…………………………………………… Position held ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Date started employment ……………………………………Salary…………………………………………….. Date left/leaving ……………………………………Reason for leaving ………………………………………… Outline of responsibilities/duties …………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Previous employment, paid and unpaid – (Please enter most recent first) Dates Post held From To Employer Reason for leaving

5 Education and qualifications Please include vocational and academic courses and any relevant professional membership

School/college/university/ professional qualification From

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Subject/qualification/profess ional membership

6 Training and short courses attended Please put the most recent first and include any skills based courses, e.g. use of PC’s etc Dates Subject From To Certificates/qualifications

7 Relevant skills, knowledge and experience to support your application Please give details of your relevant skills and experience and reasons for applying for this post. We will use the information you give us to make our shortlist. You should look at the job description and person specification and show how you meet the criteria we are looking for. You may find it helpful to use the headings in the person specification and job description to do this. Please continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

8 Key interests and voluntary work Please give details of any interests or voluntary work that support your application and show your skills, knowledge and experience for the job you are applying for.

9 Miscellaneous information Birmingham Settlement keeps a record of interests of staff of any clash between someone’s work at the Settlement and involvements outside. If you are offered a post you are expected to declare such interests. Are you related to a current or former employee or Trustee (Committee Member) of Birmingham Settlement? Yes/No If yes please give details

10 Health How many days sick leave have you taken in the last two years? Do you consider yourself to have any significant health problems or a disability? Yes/No If yes please give details.

Please note that we may ask your permission to approach your GP/ your specialist our own Doctor to assess your current state of health before confirming an offer of employment.

11 Declaration under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 In accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act the Settlement will not discriminate its employment decisions against ex-offenders with criminal records if it is judged that the offence has no relevance for the post(s) applied for. Please note that if you are applying for posts working with young people or vulnerable adults, both spent and unspent convictions must be disclosed. For certain posts at the Settlement we will also require your consent to obtaining information from the Criminal Records Agency prior to offering you employment. Have you been convicted of a criminal offence (not including any convictions which are now spent under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974)? Yes/No If yes, please give details

12 References Please give the names of two referees; if possible one should be from your current or most recent employer. If you are not currently working please give the name of your last two employers. If you are currently studying and not in full time employment, you should also give the name of your college principal or tutor. We will not request references without your prior consent and do not normally contact referees unless we make a job offer. Referee 1  Referee 2 

Name …………………………………………………. Position ………………………………………………. Address ………………………………………………. ………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………… ………………….…… Post code …………………… Tel no …………………………………………………. Fax no ………………………………………………… Relationship to applicant …………………………………………………………

Name ………………………………………………… Position ………………………………………………… Address………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………... ……………………………Post code…………………. Tel no ………………………………………………… Fax no………………………………………………... Relationship to applicant …………………………………………………………

13 Declaration The information provided in this application will be processed (as defined under the Data Protection Act 1998) for HR Purposes and I consent to the processing. I declare that the information given on this form is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge

Signature ……………………………………………………Date ……………………………………….…………

Please return this form marked Job Application to: Birmingham Settlement Centre for the Aston Family, 359 – 361 Witton Road, Aston, Birmingham B6 6NS

Birmingham Settlement
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Birmingham Settlement is striving towards the provision of equal opportunities in all areas of work. To help us monitor the effectiveness of our policy, please complete this form and return it with your application. The information is confidential and will be separated from your application before it goes to the short-listing panel. Your application will still be considered if you do not complete this form.

Post applied for: Father Engagement Worker

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Sexual orientation: Heterosexual  Gay  Lesbian  Bi-sexual 

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