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Independent Family Group Conference Co-ordinator – home based

Job Title: Independent Family Group Conference Co-ordinator- home based
Salary/Rate: Sessional hours. Fees; an hourly rate £20.00
(Plus additional expenses for food, mileage, attending by monthly co-ordinators meetings, consultations and development)

Oxfordshire Family Group Conference Service is currently seeking to recruit sessional Independent Family Group Conference Co-ordinators. In Oxfordshire the FGC model is used to bring family members and friends together to look at how they can collectively provide safe, supportive and sustainable solutions to the problems being experienced in caring for children within the family/friends support network.

What we need from you?

We need energetic, compassionate and reliable professionals helping family to focus to move forward to improve the situation for child/ren.

Your role is to organise the meeting and assist the family to come to their own decisions about how they will care for their child/ren. You will understand the importance of facilitating the participation of young people and their families when they are working with welfare agencies. Good communication skills and the ability to engage quickly with clients will be essential. Mediation skills are vital to the position in order that differences of opinion can be expressed constructively.

This will be a self-employed contractual role offered on a part time basis as and when you are available.

You will be expected to work a minimum of 25 hours per month but it is highly likely that more hours will be available. You will be offered a self-employed contract and claiming via invoice per case. You will be home based and expected to work to the County Council’s working at home procedures. The post will require some working in the evenings and a degree of flexibility is required.

Further information about Family Group Conferencing visit https://frg.org.uk/family-group-conferences.

For JD for this contractual role and how to submit your CV, please contact FGCadmin@Oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Please submit your full CV, with home address including two current referees’ full details, along with a covering letter to FGCadmin@Oxfordshire.gov.uk.

Important Information

Closing dates for receiving completed application forms: Friday 26th November 2021
Interview date:
Friday 3rd December 2021
For an informal chat about the role, please contact: Benu Redey, FGC Lead on 07867 467 808

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