Engagement & Activity Practitioner

Job Title: Engagement & Activity Practitioner

Salary: £25,989 per annum + £750 Homeworking Allowance

Hours: 35 Hours per week

Contract:  Fixed Term Contract for 12 months

Location: Homebased In South West working with foster families in Bristol, Bath, North/North East Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Swindon.

As a ‘not for profit’ organisation, TACT puts the needs of our children and carers first and look to appoint individuals who are as passionate about fostering as we are. We are a homeworking organisation, and we pride ourselves on our flexible working opportunities, available from day one, an extensive wellbeing programme and our benefits package, all curated to nurture a healthy work life balance for all our employees so they can give an excellent service to our carers and the young people and children we care for.

As a foster care charity, TACT invests all surplus income into services, staff, carers, and child development. This means that we have been able to invest unique projects like TACT Connect, our unique and ground-breaking scheme for TACT care experienced young people and adults,  as well as our expanding TACT Education Service and our new Health Service. All our activities are built on our commitment to becoming a fully trauma informed organisation, in line with our key values and ethos.

TACT achieved 16th place in the UK Best Companies Work For survey results in 2023, with 91% of employees acknowledging that the organisation is run on strong values and principles and 94% stating they feel proud to work for this organisation.  

As an Engagement and Activity Practitioner with TACT South West you will be a part of our amazing team of professionals working with our organisational values at the heart of their everyday practice.

If you want to be valued as a professional, be appreciated at work and contribute to better outcomes for the children and young people connected with TACT, apply now.  

Overall Duties of the Engagement & Activity Practitioner will include:

  • Being an accessible point of contact for the children living with our carers and to our young people, keeping them up to date with the facilities and opportunities available with TACT.
  • Experience in working with unaccompanied minors
  • Supporting interventions and activities to ensure stable placement arrangements.
  • Being able to transport children and young people to events, appointments and meetings (mileage reimbursed).
  • Organising and participating in virtual and face-to-face events and occasional residential meet-ups.
  • Managing all paperwork associated with events and activities.
  • Willingness to work flexibly, according to deadlines and needs of our families.
  • Undertaking trauma-informed direct work with children and young people. 
  • Liaising with our Supervising Social Worker team.

TACT offer an excellent employee benefits package including:

  • 31 days paid holiday plus 8 annual bank holidays.
  • Flexible working arrangements (including compressed hours, flexibility around core hours, volunteer days policy).
  • Family friendly policies.
  • Homeworking ‘bundle’ including annual allowance, IT equipment and a loan for home office set up.
  • Help@Hand Employee Assistance Programme (including CBT counselling, 24/7 remote GP appointments, physiotherapy, mental health support and second opinions).
  • Stakeholder pension scheme (salary sacrifice) and life insurance from day one.
  • Fantastic learning and development opportunities 

The Engagement & Activity Practitioner will be required to travel to face-to-face meetings in the South West for some face to face team meetings and on other occasions for training and team wellbeing events.

An Enhanced DBS clearance is required for this role and will be processed by TACT on your behalf.

Please see the Job Information Pack, Job Description and TACT website at tactcare.org.uk for more detailed information.

Closing Date: 21/042024

Interview Date: 30/04/2024 (via Microsoft Teams)

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and TACT believes that only the people with the right skills and values should work in social work.  As part of TACT’s commitment to safeguarding, we properly examine the skills, experience, qualifications, and values of potential staff in relation to our work with vulnerable young children.  We use rigorous and consistent recruitment approaches to help safeguard TACT’s young people.  All our staff are expected to work in line with TACT’s safeguarding policies.

We reserve the right to close a vacancy earlier than advertised if the volume of applications is excessive, you are therefore advised to apply at your earliest convenience.

TACT does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies, nor the fees associated with them.