Job Vacancy – Family Cohesion Worker – Fortalice

Job Title: Family Cohesion Worker

Contract Type: Temporary until 31st July 2024 with possible extension

Full time – 35 hours

Pay Rate: £12.41 per hour

Deadline: Wednesday 24th May 2023.

To apply for a post, please request an application pack by email The closing date for applications to be returned is 11.59pm on Wednesday 24th May 2023.

Fortalice has the opportunity to recruit a Family Cohesion Worker to join our dynamic, hard-working team. The post involves working with families where the family unit has broken down due the trauma of domestic abuse. 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.

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 adults, 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 victims to break free from abusive relationships and reduce the chance of re-victimisation thus moving on to a self-sustaining, independent life.

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.

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.

As this is a community based project and the work will involve travelling to different venues, therefore it is essential to have a current valid driving licence and access to a vehicle with business insurance for work.

To apply for a post, please request an application pack by email The closing date for applications to be returned is 11.59pm on Wednesday 24th May 2023.

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.

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview via email. Please note that if we receive a high volume of applications, we may be unable to contact applicants who are not shortlisted for an interview.

Please note we do not accept CV’s.

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