Early Years Family Practitioner

Full Time
Salary: £24.00 per hour
Location: Kensington and Chelsea, London
Sectors:Unqualified Social Care

Early Years Family Practitioner
Kensington and Chelsea
Start date: ASAP

AKTON Recruitment is working closely with the local authorities and we are looking for a Early Years Family Practitioner in the Kensington and Chelsea area. 3 - 6 months contract. An enhanced DBS is required for this role, please apply if you have an enhanced DBS.


The Early Help service aims to identify families that need support at the earliest opportunity. Early Help Practitioners will support a caseload of families with children (0-19yrs) in order to build their strengths and help them overcome issues. The service is developing a more integrated model of practice that involves a 'Whole Family' approach that will continue to utilise motivational interviewing skills and will more systematically measure progress using the Family Outcomes Star.

The purpose of the role will be to support families to build capacity, resilience and independence so that they are able to have the best start or are able to overcome issues before they become so serious that specialist or statutory services are needed. Delivery will be through integrated family hubs and from a variety of venues.

Early Help Practitioners will have the skills which will enable them to support a range of needs in a family. In addition, workers will bring with them a range of experience and backgrounds which will be utilised through appropriate allocation of cases and sharing skills across the Early Help Team.


1. To provide holistic support to a caseload of families.

2. To undertake whole family assessments, coordinate network meetings and undertake regular reviews with families.

3. To deliver one to one sessions with parents and with the children (age appropriate) using solution focused and motivational interviewing techniques.

4. To meet with parents and/or their children at their home, school or other setting.

5. Provide short term practical support that is able to help families engage in services (e.g. escorting parents to children's centres, bringing young people to youth/play services)

6. Ensure that parents, children and young people's views are captured and included in plans.

7. To work in partnership with other services regarding the support for families (e.g. Schools, Children's Social Care, Health Visiting, CAMHS etc)

8. To deliver parenting interventions both on a one-to-one and group work basis.

9. To work as a reflective practitioner in order to identify issues and improve practice. To seek guidance on casework via case supervision, group case discussion and reflective forums.

10. To be committed to models of practice including the Outcomes Star, case discussion and supporting the wider team in identifying joint approaches in the way forward for complex cases

*Recognised qualification in a related discipline (inc. family support, early years, youth work, youth justice, social care etc

*Ability to build trusted and responsive relationships with children, young people and families who need extra support
*Experience of working with families with complex needs and a sound understanding of threshold management