Pause works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care. The programme gives women the chance to pause and take control over their lives, breaking a destructive cycle that causes both them and their children deep trauma, as well as reducing huge costs to society and the taxpayer.

As a Pause Practitioner, you will be responsible for implementing a range of interventions and support measures as part of an integrated package of health, therapeutic and social support. Pause is specifically designed to address the complex needs of women, through intensive support, to enable change in their lives, and ultimately reduce the numbers of children being removed into care. You will work systemically in delivering a relationship based programme where frequency, tenacity and creativity are central.

Pause Practitioners, and the therapeutic relationships they cultivate with the people they work with, are at the heart of Pause’s success – so recruiting the right people is paramount.

Pause Practitioners work with significant autonomy and authority. This means that the highest quality of professionals must be recruited, who embrace responsibility and are accountable for their work.

They are practitioners who come with demonstrable skills and a track record of supporting complex and vulnerable people to overcome the trauma and challenges of their lives. They will usually have held a senior practitioner role in their respective profession and should have experience of delivering evidence informed approaches in their practice.

Recent experience of working with care leavers or in a care leaver environment would be an advantage although this is not essential.

Please read the job description and person specification and then apply on line.

If you would like more information or would like an informal chat about the role please contact Jackie Wilson on 01302 735996.

Details
Posted
Application deadline 8th October 2017
Job location Doncaster
Hours per-week 37
Salary £Up to £35469 depending on experience

The Role

 

The Pause Project aims to deliver an intensive programme focussed on identifying and addressing the needs of a cohort of women who repeatedly have had children permanently removed through care proceedings and are likely to have more children in similar circumstances.

 

The programme gives women the chance to pause and take control over their lives, breaking a destructive cycle that causes both them and their children deep trauma, as well as reducing huge costs to society and the taxpayer.

 

As a Pause Practitioner, you will be responsible for implementing a range of interventions and support measures as part of an integrated package of health, therapeutic and social support. Pause is specifically designed to address the complex needs of women, through intensive support, to enable change in their lives, and ultimately reduce the numbers of children being removed into care. You will work systemically in delivering a relationship based programme where frequency, tenacity and creativity are central.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

  1. Work effectively as a team member of Pause Doncaster to ensure fidelity and integrity to the model through delivery of the Pause Framework elements, for example, assertive outreach with women and ensuring Long Acting Reversible Contraception is in place.

 

  1. Clearly identify levels and types of risk or need in relation to victims of domestic abuse and their children and which lead to clear associated plans to address the issues identified. Assist in the development and trial of risk assessment tools.

 

  1. Use a flexible and outreach approach to the work, demonstrating the ability to adapt to the varying needs and challenges of the service users and their systems.

 

  1. Establish a rapport and build a respectful, honest and trusted relationship with service users, their families and network whilst maintaining healthy professional boundaries.

 

  1. Provide focused, creative and purposeful interventions with explicit aims and objectives around motivating sustained change with service users. Interventions to be based on a range of tried and tested evidence based methodologies including systemic and social learning theories.

 

  1. Demonstrate a good understanding of some of the complexities faced by this service user group e.g. drugs and alcohol, mental health issues.

 

  1. Work within a flexible framework to meet the demands of the service outside of the usual 9 – 5 hours when required.

 

  1. Ensure that all matters relating to child protection or a vulnerable adult are dealt with promptly and in line with child protection/safeguarding adults procedures.

 

  1. Ensure that case files are well organised, up to date and provide accurate information, including finance reports relating to any financial spend for clients in line with the agreed financial guidelines.

 

  1. Contribute towards developing policies and procedures and general development of Pause/Growing Futures methodology.

 

  1. Ensure own continuous professional development around emerging research, case law and other relevant policy or procedural changes, and contribute to delivering and developing evidence based practice.

 

  1. Contribute to meaningful engagement with partner agencies, including around training, participation in multi-agency forums and in address of issues emerging through case work.

 

  1. Contribute to strategic and operational developments related to the establishment and sustenance of excellent practice across Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.

 

 

General Statement

 

As appropriate to the post holder’s duties, they must be carried out in compliance with the following:-

 

    • Equal Opportunities Policy and Strategies
    • Information Security Policies
    • Financial Regulations and Standing Orders
    • Health and Safety and Work Act (1974) (and subsequent Health and Safety Legislation)

 

These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive, as the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities, commensurate with the grading of the post, without changing the general character of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The person specification is a picture of skills, knowledge and experience required to carry out the job.

It has been used to draw up the advert and will also be used in the short-listing and interview process

for this post.

 

 

Department: Innovation

 

Section: Pause project

 

Post Title: Pause Practitioner

 

 

Grade: 9

*Assessed by:     A= Application        I= Interview      T= Test    E= Essential D= Desirable

 

   REQUIREMENTS  
  EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE E or D & A/I/T*
Education, Qualifications and Vocational Training Relevant professional qualification and/or experience e.g. nursing, social work, mental health, education, criminal justice, youth work, therapeutic practice, counselling, criminal justice  or equivalent.

 

Professional registration (if appropriate).

 

Evidence of continuing professional development.

 

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring check (DBS) enhanced level.

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Relevant Experience Experience of working with families/ individuals who present with a range of complex needs (mental health challenges, drug and alcohol misuse, domestic violence) and demonstrate an ability to create rapport and build effective relationships.

Experience of case management including assessments, care planning and reviews with clients with complex needs.

Knowledge and understanding of a range of evidence-based approaches including systemic practice, social learning theory, attachment and loss, relationship and strength based interventions.

Experience of working with care leavers or in a care leaver environment.

Knowledge of adult safeguarding, childcare legislation, local Child Protection Procedures, and an understanding of child development, parenting capacity and risk and protective factors.

Able to summarise and evaluate complex assessment information and use this to develop and implement effective interventions.

Able to build reflective, supportive, and outcome-focused relationships with Pause women, whilst maintaining boundaries.

Able to influence and inspire across professional disciplines using evidence and practice to improve outcomes for Pause women.

Able to challenge, negotiate, advocate and collaborate as part of the role of supporting women.

Able to write clear and concise records and reports.

Able to reflect on your own practice and identify and implement continuing opportunities for development.

Demonstrates an effective level of consultative, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills including the ability to deal with complex issues in a sensitive and appropriate manner.

The necessary computer literacy skills to produce good quality information in a variety of formats.

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Personal Characteristics Ability to communicate information in a persuasive manner to colleagues in order to achieve service deliverables

Ability to prioritise own workload and achieve personal and team deadlines / targets.

The belief that healthy families and relationships are the building blocks of an empowered community

 

Embracing of diversity and providing culturally responsive services delivered with compassion and respect

 

Committed to actions and decisions that secure the well-being of individuals and the community

 

Passion for multiagency working

 

Commitment to high standards of honesty, confidentiality, and accountability

Passion and commitment to improve outcomes and life chances for children by working with and supporting parents

 

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Physical Attributes Must be able to meet the physical and travel/mobility requirements of the post (with or without reasonable adjustments) E/A/I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to apply


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