Early Help Coordinator

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Early Help Coordinator
Interim Position

Lewisham 0007 28B6 / 1

Posted: 7th March 2023 16:39
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  • Pay Rate:

    £21.96 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6 months


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What's involved with this role:

Interim Early Help Coordinator   

Reference no: Lewisham 0007 28B6 / 1   

Pay rate £21.96 per hour PAYE   

This opening assignment is for 6 months 


Enhanced DBS disclosure required 

The Early Help Coordinator role in Family Thrive will be primarily working alongside schools and partner agencies to support them in getting early help support in place for families in the community to prevent families from experiencing acute crises and needing higher level services.  The Early Help Coordinator will be pivotal in the Team Around School Approach to advise, guide and support schools in supporting families as soon as worries arise.  The role will also involve facilitating virtual Coffee with Colleagues and facilitating groups 

Key responsibilities: 


  • To develop, facilitate and coordinate working relationships and partnerships with a range of front-line staff and managers across Lewisham’s Children and Young People’s Services and partner agencies including schools, health, police, housing, and the voluntary and community sector to enable families to receive timely help and support, and supporting professionals in their use of the Early Help Assessment. 
  • To coordinate multi agency support across services to meet the needs of vulnerable children, young people and families by providing information, advice and guidance to professionals working with families who may need early help, by being both responsive: providing information, advice and guidance to professionals when they request it and proactive: where families are identified as likely to be in need of early help, making contact with professionals already working with that family - or who may know the family - to try and get help to them as quickly as possible. 
  • Use negotiating and influencing skills to identify and enable different agencies to undertake ‘lead professional’ responsibilities, and providing advice, guidance and support to those professionals to undertake this responsibility.  
  • This includes modelling the skills and attitudes that promote and foster children, young person and family centred working and the development of trust between practitioners.  
  • To provide training, guidance and advice to individuals completing EHA’s and to act as a quality assurance agent, as well as delivery of EHA training to a broad range of audiences. 
  • To undertake reviews of EHA’s to ensure that progress is occurring to plan and timescales.  
  • Responsible for attending multi agency meetings, where required, to advise /guide and consult on the EHA and to support in the identification of services that can contribute to the plan.  
  • Design and deliver training and support to local practitioners to work as a multi agency Team Around the Family (TAF). 
  • To create and review guidance around TAF for practitioner use 

“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria: 

  • A relevant professional qualification or NVQ Level 4 equivalent gained in setting associated with children or young people and families or Substantial professional experience of working with children, young people vulnerable adults and their families 
  • Good working knowledge of current legislation and policy regarding safeguarding for children and families, and the legislative and national policy and guidance context for early help for children and families 
  • A sound working knowledge of Safeguarding and Early Help procedures, CSC thresholds and the Supporting Families agenda 
  • Knowledge of the EHA and Team Around the Child/Family process 
  • Experience of working in a multi-agency environment - developing and maintaining relationships across services and supporting them to work together to achieve coordinated responses to children’s needs 
  • Experience of working independently and setting own priorities 
  • Experience of assessing & analysing information about the needs of children and families 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to negotiate effectively and influence practice development 
  • Able to build and sustain positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including children, young people, parents, carers, voluntary and statutory groups 

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD. 

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To help speed up the process of uploading your CV to the client we would suggest that you send us your CV in Word format (or equivalent) if possible, rather than as a PDF. 

If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity. 

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items: 

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours. 
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this. 
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice. 
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service. 
  5. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed. 


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable: 

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience 
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for. 


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Early Help Coordinator
Client Category: Local Authority

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