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Family Workers

Senior Family Worker

This role within the Children and Young People Disability Service has the lead responsibility for managing a team of Family Workers who work in close partnership with families to undertake or be involved in targeted pieces of work or holistic assessments of children and young people aged 0-18 years with SEND. The Senior Family Worker also oversees the Contact Service and manages the Contact Co-ordinator’s. The contact service provides a safe and welcoming environment for facilitated contact sessions between children in care and their families.

Family Worker 
Family Worker works in close partnership with families to undertake or be involved in holistic assessments of children and young people aged 0-18 years with special educational needs and/ or a disability. Subject to the outcome of the assessment the family worker may work closely with the family to achieve the identified outcomes; this could include undertaking direct work with children, young people and their families which could include building family resilience for example.

Facilities used for services provided by the Children and Young People Disability Service are accessible for the range of needs supported. Staff within the service have access to training in alternative communication methods such as Makaton, PECs and communication books to enable them to work with children and young people with limited or no verbal communication. We also have access to British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters.

If you would like to make a new referral for CYPDS services, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Further information and request forms are available on the RBWM Safeguarding Partnership - Early Help and Prevention section

To request a needs assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan, please contact the Children and Young People Disability Service.

Family Workers complete an assessment of child or young person's needs within 15 working days of receiving a referral.

Families would only be required to pay for the activity costs of any short breaks put in place by a Family Worker.

All staff within the Children and Young People Disability Service including Family Workers have an enhanced DBS (previously known as CRB) check. All staff also undertake targeted safeguarding children training, which is updated on a regular basis.