BAPP are looking for new Playworkers to join teams working with disabled children and non-disabled aged 5 to 19 years. We have vacancies during most school holidays, Saturday's, lunchtime in term time and other sessions.
If you're passionate about the child's right to play, a real team player and good communicator who's willing to give anything a go, then get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Play Service Manager
The Play Service Manager is a role managing a commissioned Early Help service providing support for children and families before the statutory threshold is met or joint working. The role also involves working across the project supporting and developing other services.
Referrals for the Family Support & Play service come from parents and families themselves, schools, social care, Parent Support Advisors, Health Visitors, GPs and from multi-agency EHAP. You will need to have or be able to develop good knowledge of services for children and families in the local area to ensure that our service is not duplicating and enable effective partnership working.
The successful post holder will need to work within all agency and LSCB Safeguarding Procedures and Policies and ensure that the service protects and safeguards children and young people at all times.
As a third sector organisation, staff are able to use their own initiative and be creative in response to situations, using a solution focused approach whilst fully supportive of the ethos and principles of community development, playwork and the family partnership model.
The role is based in the BAPP office in Odd Down Community Centre which is a fully accessible community building with unrestricted on street parking and served by a public bus service. Staff work in shared office spaces and you will be joining a small, friendly team
Responsibilities and Duties
You will be assessing families in line with the criteria of the service and making recommendations to a joint partnership meetings before allocating services. The job involves supervising and supporting staff and so you will need to be an excellent communicator as the role also involves working with a range of partners and service users in a non-judgmental way ensuring the voice of the child is central. You will support and manage a staff team of Family Play Support Workers and Community Play Support Workers to provide whole family support, Nurture Groups in schools and Family group work for children, young people and families across B&NES including holding a small caseload as required. During the school holidays, leading the team to facilitate and provide a range of community based play opportunities at Playdays.
You will be working with schools to agree and put into place a Nurture Group programme which will involve good communication at all levels. Other promotion may include use of social media, press releases, presentations
Caseload management is done through a shared database and online outcome tools for which you will need as well as funding applications so you will need to have confident IT skills, excellent time management and ability to prioritise workload in order to meet deadlines
Qualifications and Skills
Ideally you will have a Degree in a related field and have excellent written and oral communication skills, a Playwork or Youthwork qualification and experience of managing projects and staff.
You may have worked in the playwork or Youthwork sector or have a background in social care, family support or pastoral education.
You will have experience of project managing, ideally in a similar setting of play/ family support services for vulnerable families/ community services including managing and supervising workload and responsibility of staff teams
You will have recent experience of working collaboratively to deliver services which may include a small caseload as well as experience of networking and establishing relationships with statutory, private, voluntary and community sector organisations including schools in order to develop & deliver new services for the organisation
Confident at report writing including analysis of data, use of Word, Excel and Powerpoint
28 hours/week year round including working during the main school holidays over a minimum of 4 days/week
Salary: £23,698.00 pro-rata
Closing date of 21st June, interviews week beginning 24th June. Job to start as soon as possible after that but no later than 24th July.