CAPA (Child/Adolescent to Parents Abuse) Safeguarding Co-Ordinator

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: OCT20211099

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Fixed Term


£35,744 - £39,880 Per Annum

Closing date

27 October 2021

CAPA (Child/Adolescent to Parents Abuse) Safeguarding Co-Ordinator – secondment/fixed term for up to one year due to funding

Band 10: Salary: £35,744 – £39,880 p.a.

37 hours per week – including occasional evenings and Saturdays/Bank Holidays.   

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

Portsmouth Youth Offending Team is a multi-disciplinary team that works both within Children’s Services and the Criminal Justice System. Our over-riding aim is to prevent offending by children (10 – 17 years of age). Every Local Authority has to bring together practitioners from key agencies to help prevent offending and work with young people.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on a new project addressing child/adolescent to parent abuse and violence (CAPA) using a whole family approach.  The successful candidate will be instrumental in setting up and delivering assessment and intervention for families where child/adolescent to parent abuse is an issue.

Though based within the Youth Offending Team, you will be expected to work across the Children, Families and Education Directorate as well as other statutory and non-statutory services working with children, young people and families including third sector with responsibility:

  • To support services to identify families where there is child/adolescent to parent abuse/violence;
  • To complete whole family assessment, including risk of abuse and serious harm;
  • To coordinate a multiagency panel to identify risk and need of the family and individuals;
  • To support intervention pathways suitable to individual and family needs;
  • To offer advice and guidance to support emotional wellbeing;
  • To collate, analyse and present city wide data around the incidence of child/adolescent to parent abuse.

In applying for this post you will be joining a lively, challenging and supportive team whose priority is in improving outcomes for Portsmouth’s children to prevent and reduce the risk of offending. In return, we are looking for a practitioner who is:

  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic
  • Creative, flexible and innovative in helping colleagues and families find solutions to overcome barriers and challenges
  • Keen to develop their practice skills within a multi-agency, youth justice setting

What you need to succeed:

Ideally the post holder will be educated to a relevant degree level (e.g. psychology or social work) or demonstrate equivalent qualifications and/or experience. You will have a high level understanding of, and experience of direct working with family abuse as well as experience and commitment to working in a trauma informed way promoting the use of positive language and motivational delivery within a restorative and inclusive approach.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

What next

How to apply: To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “job profile” and “how to apply” to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role.   Please ensure you refer to the ‘how to apply’ document when you complete your application as there is information in there that you need to include and evidence in your application for this role.  This is really important or you are likely not to be short listed.  Please ensure you fully read and follow the guidance so you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile.