Job vacancy – Fortalice – Family Cohesion Worker

Job Title: Family Cohesion Worker
Salary/ Rate: £11.50 per hour
Location: Bolton
Closing Date: midnight on Thursday 15th July 2021
Hours: · 35 hours per week

Background Information

Fortalice was established in 1977 to provide emergency accommodation and support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse within their own homes.

The organisation has expanded over the past years and now provides a wide range of services for women, families, children and young people within both the Refuge and the Outreach Support Centre. The ethos of Fortalice in relation to support is to focus on self-help, promoting self-esteem, confidence and independence to enable women to break free from abusive relationships and reduce the chance of re-victimisation thus moving on to a self-sustaining, independent life.

Family Cohesion Worker

Temporary post for 12 months from 1st September 2021 with the possibility of extension subject to successful funding

Full time – 35 hours

£11.50 per hour

Due to exciting new funding opportunities, Fortalice have the opportunity to recruit a Family Cohesion Worker to join our dynamic, hard-working team. The new post involves working with families where the family unit has broken down due the trauma of domestic abuse and violence. If you have a background in working with domestic abuse, children’s or family support, social work or trauma and want to work in this challenging but rewarding field, please apply for an application pack.

Purpose of the role:

Using a whole family approach, the Family Cohesion Worker will work in both Refuge and Outreach community settings to work holistically with families who are, or have, suffered from the effects of domestic abuse and violence. The work will involve supporting children, young people and parents to rebuild their family units and recover from the trauma they have experienced. The Worker will help parents to understand the child’s or young person’s position, whilst working with the child or young person to improve their wellbeing and resilience and providing strategies for both the child and parent to manage challenging behaviours. Identifying and assisting with safeguarding issues is a key part of this role.

The posts will involve various duties to meet the needs of the organisation

Key skills:

· Proven ability to understand the impact of trauma and the complexities around domestic abuse

· Experience of working with families where the family unit has broken down, and using creative and proven strategies to support the rebuilding of their relationship

· Proven ability to support families with complex issues including challenging behaviour, mental health issues, self-harm, drug or alcohol abuse and risk taking behaviour

· An ability to work in a whole family approach to support families in practical matters to meet issues/needs identified in individual support plans and promote, self-esteem, confidence, and independence

How to apply and other information

· Women only applicants can apply for the post as this is an occupational requirement in accordance with paragraph 1, schedule 9 of the Equality Act under section 7.2e of the Equality Act 2010

· The posts will be subject to an enhanced DBS check due to the nature of the work undertaken by the organisation

· A current valid driving licence and the ability to provide a suitable vehicle for work with insurance cover for business use is essential

· To apply for a post, please request an application pack by email The closing date for applications to be returned is midnight on Thursday 15th July 2021. Please note that any completed applications received after this date will not be considered. If you do not receive a response within five working days from the closing date, then you have not been selected for interview

· Interviews will be held on the week commencing Monday 19th July 2021

· Please note we do not accept CV’s

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