The role of a Senior Family Support Practitioner is very varied, they provide support to vulnerable families at an early intervention level by utilising multi-agency working through the family CAF process, alongside assertive working methods to empower families to address their problems in a way that sustains positive change across social, environmental and economic areas and prevent new problems arising.
We hold a caseload of families that require intensive family support. As part of our work with the other Area Family Support Teams we also work with families that have been deescalated from child protection and child in need sometimes co-working the case if intensive parenting/ child interventions are needed that are not being provided by specialist services.
We also provide support to agencies such as schools around the CAF process and also with regards to completing the CAFs.
Alongside this we help various agencies co-deliver parenting courses such as Escape and Incredible Years and we also sit on the Area Case Panel for the West Area, which is held once a month.
The panel provides support for practitioners with cases requiring guidance from a multi-agency team approach as well as providing agencies with a forum to discuss referrals for early family support. Cases for referral support by the team will be allocated or declined at this panel meeting.