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We are working with Barnado's to look for five individuals to work with and support high risk families as part of a new Family Safeguarding team at Cambridgeshire County Council. The closing date is 6 December. 

Cambridgeshire County Council has secured a £4.15million investment from the Department for Education (DfE) for the implementation of Family Safeguarding which will be introduced in February 2020.

The Strengthening Families, Protecting Children - Family Safeguarding approach improves outcomes for vulnerable children and young people by involving multi-disciplinary teams in children’s social care, and builds on work which has been underway in Peterborough for the last two years. Initially developed in Hertfordshire, the model has resulted in significantly better outcomes for some of the most vulnerable and at risk children.  

Most children who are facing the greatest risks to their wellbeing are those who live in families where at least one of the adults is struggling with mental or emotional health issues, substance or alcohol difficulties, or where there is domestic abuse. Under the Family Safeguarding approach, children’s social work teams are expanded to include adult practitioners who are experts at supporting parents to address these challenges.

This will be a unique opportunity to join the team at this exciting time and to focus on motivating parents to identify for themselves the change needed within their families.

 In these particular posts, you would be required to provide high quality interventions to families at high risk of Domestic Abuse. This will include working with victims and those in crisis to support them to be able to live safely and free from violence. The successful applicants will support victims , helping them to recognise forms of abuse and support them to make changes to safeguard their family.

 You will need to provide practical and emotional support to victims of Domestic Abuse and their children, working within appropriate professional guidelines and legislation and contribute to a plan for a family to manage and evaluate risk. Knowledge and relevant experience of working with victims of Domestic Abuse is essential, together with extensive experience of sensitively assessing and responding to the needs and risks of victims of Domestic Abuse.  

 https://jobs.barnardos.org.uk/jobs/vacancy/domestic-abuse-practitioner-5688/6679/description/

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