Family Support & Community Engagement Worker - FTC - 12 Months

Salary: £25,989 per annum + £750 Home Working Allowance per annum

Hours & Contract: 35 Hours per week

Fixed Term Contract - 12 Months

Location: Homebased working across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas

As a ‘not for profit’ organisation, TACT puts the needs of our children and carers first and looks 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 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 in 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.  

This is an exciting opportunity to join TACT East Midlands in a new role as a Family Support & Community Engagement Worker and be part of an exciting project which aims to promote community engagement for TACT as a fostering agency, through developing links with local healthcare providers, religious leaders, education establishments and leisure groups in the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area, to develop better awareness and visibility of TACT as a fostering agency and promote our foster carer recruitment in the area. 

In addition, the Family Support & Community Engagement Worker will work alongside other professionals, in developing links and relationships with the foster families in the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area to identify and respond to their support needs, and will be leading on the establishment of a TACT Carer Support Hub which will support carers who look after children with complex needs with stay over breaks.  

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 Family Support & Community Engagement Worker will include:

  • To support the foster carer recruitment in the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area to develop a ‘TACT Carer Support Hub’ that will bring foster carers together to support each other and provide more family support and breaks from caring.
  • To engage foster carers to raise TACT’s profile in the community and recruit more carers in the locality.
  • To support carers in the Hub who look after children with complex needs so that children can benefit from stable family life.
  • To offer practical and emotional support to TACT foster families, including trauma-informed and solution-focused interventions and strategies which will involve supporting foster families to strengthen and develop their skills and knowledge relevant to supporting children with complex needs.

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, and 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 on serious diagnosis).
  • An hour a week of live, expert-led activities through the Annual Employee Wellbeing Programme.
  • Menopause Policy and free Menopause Clinician Appointments.
  • Stakeholder Pension Scheme (salary sacrifice).
  • Fantastic learning and development opportunities for all roles.

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: Midnight on Sunday, 23rd June 2024

Interview Date: Monday, 1st July 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 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.