Host Organisation: Westwood House Child Contact Centre

To assist the Coordinator in managing the work of the centre which offers a service to children of separated families who can spend time with the absent parent in a safe and child-friendly environment.

Opportunity Interests: Advice and Guidance Services, Children and Young People, Families
Type of Activity: Administration, Management, Support / Care Work
Location: Congleton
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Saturday AM

To assist the Coordinator in managing the families we work with and helping to maintain a safe and child focused environment for family contact.
Your contribution in all the aspects of the role would be making a positive difference in the lives of children whose parents have seperated. More than a million children nationally have no contact whatsoever with one or other parent after separation. We are an accredited member of The National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) which is the only charity in the UK dedicated to solving this problem, by providing safe spaces where children can meet the parents they don't live with. Westwood House is one of around 350 contact centres across the UK, run by a network of nearly 4000 volunteers.

Your role at Westwood House would include:
*Supporting the Coordinator in managing referrals from families and agencies.
*Organising the weekly family contact sessions..
*Reviewing the progress of contact with families.
*Keeping appropriate records.
*Occasional attendance at Child Contact sessions on Saturday mornings as Team Leader.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

*Some experience of child development and complex family circumstances.
*Practical experience of working with children and parents.
*Knowledge of and experience of dealing constructively with statutory agencies and the child safeguarding system would be advantageous but not essential as appropriate training and support is offered.
*An ability to communicate well with children, their parents and referrers.
*A level of understanding and experience of child safeguarding and best practice
*Enjoy working and playing with children of all ages

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?:
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Full travel expenses if attending external training, conferences.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Volunteers receive regular training and support. Please note that all volunteers are required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as we are a Safe Recruiter of Volunteers and we operate a strict safeguarding policy for our families. Volunteers do not have to pay for their DBS check or any training.
The Deputy Coordinator would be supervised and receive full support from the Coordinator and have the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Initial full training and induction for the role of Deputy Coordinator in a time scale agreed between the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator applicant.
The centre offers a three year rolling programme of training to all volunteers including safeguarding .
Any other appropriate training the applicant may wish to discuss that would benefit the role.