Family Health Engagement Officer for Move More
REPORTS TO: Deputy CEO
SALARY: Grade I - J (qualification and experience dependant)
Grade I £24,964 - £31,601 (pro-rata £10,639 - £13,468) Grade J £30,153 - £37,306 (pro-rata £12,850 - £15,899)
HOURS: Part time & Term time only, 20 hrs per week, 39 weeks per year, plus additional 10 days within school holiday times.
CONTRACT: Fixed term contract, up until 31st Aug 2019
(Extension subject to funding)
Closing Date: Monday 5th March 2018
Interview Date: Friday 9th March 2018
The successful Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sport Network (SSN), which has been in existence since 2010, is soon to become a Charity, namely: Move More CIO.
This transition is imminent and will bring with it some exciting, new opportunities within health and family engagement, predominately linked to primary schools within the Gloucestershire, Wychavon and Malvern areas initially.
Move More is looking to recruit 2 new, exciting roles namely: a Health Activator and a Family Engagement Officer to join the team. They will predominately be working in an outreach capacity, whilst the central office will continue to be based at All Saints’ Academy, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Please visit Cheltenham and North Tewkesbury School Sport Network (SSN) website to find out all that the organisation does at present: www.cheltenhamssn.co.uk
Start date will be based on the successful applicants’ availability / resignation period as well as the official launch of Move More, anticipated to be around Easter 2018.
- To make a sustainable impact on children's lives and actually change behaviour in terms of lifestyle, diet and enjoyment of physical activity, engaging directly with parents, carers and family units including those most hard to reach.
- To work closely with primary school staff, to enhance and expand their family liaison work, using general, specific and targeted interventions.
- As a physical activity advocate, you will provide an intensive, high quality advocacy service for families that supports the drive for transformational change to behaviours amongst families. You will play a prominent role in advocating for families, this may include ensuring they are signposted to effective support and empowering them to become more aware of healthier behaviours and choices, including physical activity, in their day to day lives.
- General family support and awareness raising—in terms of diet, physical activity and offering fun, family based challenges.
- Working with primary school personnel and other agencies, to ensure there is a well rounded, joined up, approach to support families generally, as well as any specifically identified families.
- Sharing, signposting and supporting families and other personnel on how physical activity can be brought into the family unit, what it looks like, how to make it enjoyable, sustaining motivation and offering bespoke advice.
- Identifying families’ needs, devising, delivering and reviewing shared, agreed, personal outcomes (where appropriate), enabling the child / young person, as well as their families, to increase their physical activity engagement and enjoyment on a regular basis.
- To support families in making healthy choices around diet in a practical way within the home. Giving families the knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and tasty meals within the constraints of the family’s food budget.
- To educate groups of families in how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals and deliver healthy eating workshops to children and their parents.
- To support the school in other, health related programmes i.e. real Play, Health Award Scheme.
The above is a sample of the functions and is not an exhaustive list and therefore the ability to adapt as the role develops is crucial.
Knowledge and Understanding
- Sound knowledge and understanding of child development, with the ability to assess and identify need and provide support and/or refer as appropriate, in order to meet the individual needs of children and their families to achieve positive healthier outcomes.
- Good working knowledge of safeguarding protocols, health and safety legislation and risk assessment and how they are applied in practice with an ability to work appropriately within these.
- Good knowledge of what constitutes a healthy balanced diet and how to prepare healthy balanced meals.
- Knowledge and understanding of the relevant, current food hygiene and standards guidelines.
- Some demonstrable knowledge of welfare issues and awareness of local partner agencies.
- A clear vision and understanding of the positive role of physical activity, PE and school sport in the lives and learning behaviours for young people.
- Knowledge of disability sport and inclusion strategies to promote the involvement in physical activity, PE and sport to all.
- An up to date understanding of the current school sport landscape, health, obesity and wellbeing national concerns and the changes associated with this over the past 5 years.
- Experience of delivering services to children, young people and families within schools and outreach, across a range of venues and within the homes of families most in need.
- Experience of brokering support from internal and external agencies in order to support a whole family.
- Experience in developing innovative and informed solutions to the challenges faced by others, as well as support the ongoing motivation to sustain healthier lifestyle habits.
- Experience of working across a range of different sports and physical activity areas.
- Experience of delivering workshops and training, possibly in a range of health related activities, including physical activity to children young people and carers / families, within the home, community or school based environments..
- Proven experience of working in partnership with school personnel, other professionals from a range of services, in relation to early intervention for families including those most disadvantaged, isolated or in need.
- Possible experience within the following fields: Caseworker, Advocacy, Vulnerable People, Family Intervention Officer, Family Engagement Worker, Social Worker, Community Support.
Skills and attributes
- Highly motivated, able to demonstrate excellent communication and inter-personal skills that can be adapted to best suit a range of needs and audiences.
- Excellent organisational and time management skills including the ability to prioritise, work under pressure and meet deadlines while managing any conflicting priorities.
- The capacity to manage a large work load and meet deadlines.
- An ability to work in partnership, delivering high quality, front line services that are flexible and responsive to need and change.
- Creative and innovative in overcoming barriers for positive change.
- The ability to create positive working relationships with a large range of professionals, organisations, families and individuals.
- The ability to work within cohesive and supportive teams as well as independently, when implementing initiatives / programes.
- The ability to demonstrate the desire and passion to make a real difference to the lives and life-chances of children and young people, linking their school with their families
- Proficient user of databases and Microsoft Office packages.
- A qualification in health, education, childcare, social care or equivalent.
- Current and full UK driving license (use of own car essential).
- Evidence of professional development relevant to the role.
This is an outstanding opportunity to join a successful and progressive Charity driven by a forward thinking philosophy and a vibrant, positive, solution based culture, on behalf of children and young people.
This post will require a current, fully enhanced DBS certificate.
To apply, please complete a Move More application form and return it to Jeanette Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org