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Family Group Conference Co-ordinator – Liverpool City Council

Job Title: Family Group Conference Co-ordinator
Salary: £28,770 – £33,070 per annum
Location: Chatham Place, Liverpool, L7 3HD

Job description: Read here
Apply: Click on this link

Closing date: 15 July 2024
Interview date: Face to Face Interviews will be held 26 July 2024

A bit about us

Liverpool is home to vibrant, energetic and engaged communities, people who take real ownership of their local area and are passionate about making our city a better place. We’ve got ambitious targets to meet by 2025 and we need people who are driven, dynamic and ready to deliver the very best for our communities. Public service is more important than ever, and this role represents a real opportunity to make a difference to our communities by transforming the way we work and placing our residents at the heart of everything we do.

Working at Liverpool City Council provides an opportunity to contribute to your community and make a positive impact on the lives of residents. Our values shape how we work to deliver public services, and how we communicate with the residents we serve. We care about the best outcomes for local people, through our public services.

We are proud of our world-famous thriving city with it’s rich culture, as well as affordable housing, good schools, beautiful green spaces – there’s really something for everyone!

Liverpool Children’s Services have high ambitions and are on an improvement journey to become outstanding. We have an inspirational leadership team who have a fresh vision, dedicated to driving practice forward. It’s an exciting time to join us and be part of that change.

The role

  • An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Family Group Conference Co-ordinator within Liverpool Children’s Services. We provide independent Family Group Conferencing facilitation for children and their families within Liverpool and beyond. Full training will be provided if required.
  • You will have direct experience of working with vulnerable children, young people, who have complex family needs and varied family networks.
  • You will be confident in your approach and demonstrate the necessary skills required to organise and facilitate facilitating family led meetings both virtually and in person.
  • As a Family Group Conference Co-ordinator you will liaise with social workers, families, and other professionals to prepare, arrange and facilitate a Family Group Conference (FGC).
  • You will have excellent communication skills to positively engage, motivate and encourage vulnerable children and families who are experiencing multiple difficulties, ensuring that they are inclusive partners in the decision-making process impacting on their lives now and in the future.
  • You will empower families to find their own safe sustainable solutions and help identify extra support and resources to bring about sustainable long-term change.
  • Your approach will be child/young person centered, you will be able to develop imaginative and creative ways to support children and young people to participate in their conference ensuring that their wishes and feelings are listened to and acted upon.
  • You will need to be organised, adaptable and flexible to meet the needs of families and the service, and able to prioritise your caseload.
  • If successful, you will join a large cultural and diverse organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and families of Liverpool. The FGC team is located to the South and East of the city with access to staff parking. Both agile and office based working is required with access to confidential ICT systems.
  • Car use is essential to support and visit families within and outside the city of Liverpool.

Our offer to you:

  • At least 27 days annual leave, rising to 32 days after 5 years service
  • Agile working - A “Flexibility First” approach to Agile working where flexibility is the norm rather than the exception.
  • Part of the Local Government Pension scheme – option to join the AVC scheme
  • Progression – opportunities and training through a wide range of high quality learning
  • Health and Wellbeing – including Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to Work and Travel Pass Schemes
  • Drive Time – a salary sacrifice car lease scheme
  • Family friendly policies with enhanced leave
  • Discounted Gym Memberships
  • Employee Volunteering Scheme
  • Medicash

Contact details for further information/ discussion:

If you would like any further information or an informal discussion, please contact Harriet Cadman, Recruitment and Retention Lead

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

If you are an international social worker candidate and require sponsorship, we have currently closed this programme and are in the process of reviewing it. If we advertise again in the future this will be a separate advert, so please do not apply to this vacancy.

Liverpool City Council is committed to fostering a workforce representative of the communities we serve. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we believe in appointing candidates based on their skills, experience, qualifications, and abilities. To support this commitment, we guarantee an interview to candidates from under-represented groups who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role.

If you require any reasonable adjustments in line with the Equality Act 2010, such as an application form in a different format or additional time to complete your application, please contact us at

Although we advertise on Jobs go public, and other websites, your application process will be directed to our Tribepad system. Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered on Tribepad, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Please check your emails regularly, including Spam/Junk, after the closing dates for notifications. Please ensure you complete your full profile, work and education history in Tribepad.

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