Your New Organisation

Southend on Sea City Council is a Unitary local authority, providing vital services to meet the needs of the local community. We employ around 1,800 staff who are working alongside our partners and local communities to deliver the Southend 2050 ambition and make lives better for the people of Southend.

Working for Southend on Sea City Council offers a challenging and rewarding career in local government within a collaborative and innovate environment, with the benefit of flexible working practices to support a positive work life balance. As a Unitary Authority we are responsible for all local government functions ranging from social services, transport, public health and parks through to planning, trading standards, community safety and education, so we offer a wide range of career opportunities. The diversity of our economy and communities and investment in a number of exciting regeneration projects makes our Council a great place to work, learn and make a difference.

Your new role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Early Help Family Support team in a full time fixed term contract capacity.

The role involves supporting families in Southend, using restorative practise and principles, to bring about change and help families achieve their support outcomes. An Early Help Practitioner will work with families to complete restorative whole assessments, collaborate with families to produce Family Plans and work with a range professionals to help the family achieve their support goals.

The roles involves working with adults and children in the family as a lead professional, which includes arranging and chairing multiagency family meetings. The Early Help team has been successful in delivery the Supporting Families programme and offers a range of interventions and programmes for families. 

If you are a person who is passionate and highly motivated about developing services within a health and social care perspective we would want to hear from you.

What you’ll need to succeed

To be successful in this position, you will have proven experience of working with adults and children in a lone working environment, as many interventions are delivered in the community and family home .

You should have experience of completing assessments and plans with families which support change and promote better family wellbeing.

It would be advantageous to have knowledge of the Supporting Families Programme and be able to evidence your knowledge of outcome based working . You will need to flexible in your approach and there is an expectation to work outside usual office hours to offer the support needed by families.

Whilst degree level education is desirable consideration will be given to relevant experience

What you’ll get in return

When joining the council, you can enjoy a range of benefits including: 24 days annual leave, flexible working, salary car sacrifice scheme and excellent training and development opportunities. They are committed to ensuring that you are supported in this varied and challenging role with the appropriate level of training. A full list of benefits provided by Southend Council can be viewed on the “Why Work For Us?” tab. 

What you need to do now

If you are interested in this role, please click ‘apply online’ to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV

To request a copy of the Job Description/Person Specification for this role, please contact Nathalie via email

All applicants for this role will require an enhanced DBS check

The Council is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit