Family Support Lead and Safeguarding Support Assistant

36 hours per week, Term Time plus 2 weeks in non-Term Time

Based at Quadrant House in Sutton initially with travel to all of our College centres and Academies where required

Grade SO1/2 £24,768 - £28,507 per annum (FTE £27,801 - £31,998 per annum)

Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust (OHC&AT) is a family of schools and college centres that work together to enable pupils to achieve their maximum potential in their local communities. There are currently 6 sites in total for Orchard Hill College which provide both full and part-time courses to learners aged 16+ with severe/profound and multiple learning difficulties and/or disabilities. There are 12 Schools within Orchard Hill College Academy Trust for children with special education needs including physical disabilities, Autism, PMLD, MLD and SEMH needs.


We are currently seeking a Family Support Lead and Safeguarding Support Assistant to join our versatile and committed team. The successful candidate will line manage the Family Support Team, monitoring performance and provide training and support. You will also be responsible for family liaison to support our children and their families and reduce barriers to learning. Initial contact with students, parents and carers and will be maintained throughout and the position will involve building close working relationships with local agencies and other professionals.


You will also support the Director of Learning Support Services to analyse data to identify trends and safeguarding hotspots, with a view to informing and planning future work of the safeguarding provision


The right person for this job will have:

  • Relevant childcare, education, social care, family support or health qualification to at least NVQ Level 3/4 or equivalent and/or considerable experience.
  • Experience of working with families in a variety of settings within school, at home or in the community.
  • Training in community work, counselling skills, or similar.
  • Training in facilitating parenting groups or experience of successful signposting
  • Ability to work flexibly and supportively with parents and carers.
  • Ability to work in partnership with teachers and other professionals as well as agencies, voluntary groups and service providers.
  • Ability to take responsibility and work on initiative within set boundaries.


OHCAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to commencing employment.


Please send your completed application form to jobs@orchardhill.ac.uk. Please note that CV applications will not be considered.


Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 14th May 2018

Interviews: Tuesday 22nd May 2018


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Closing date: 14 May 2018

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