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Family Engagement & Participation Worker

Seashell Trust
Hybrid work
£28,232 - £31,369 a year - Permanent, Full-time



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  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Employee discount

Full job description

Family Engagement & Participation Worker

Salary: £28,232 - £31,369 per annum + benefits
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Cheadle Hulme, SK8 6RQ

Here at Seashell, we provide care and education for children and young people (up to 25 years old) with severe, profound, and complex learning difficulties and disabilities, sensory impairment and communication disorders and autism.

We are currently recruiting a Family Engagement & Participation Worker to join the team within our Family Services Department. The key part of the Family Engagement & Participation Worker role is to ensure that children, young adults, and their parents and carers voice is listened to, valued and that co-production is at the heart of all our services. The Family Services Department is the ‘front door’ service for families and professionals, offering a ‘one-stop shop’ of family support and admissions into school, college, health, and care. We are looking for caring and empathetic candidate who has experience of individual and strategic co-production with children and young people who access education, health, and care services.

It is an incredibly exciting time to join the Seashell team and a wonderful opportunity to play an integral role in making a difference to our children and young people’s lives.

Key responsibilities:

· To facilitate support and provide appropriate information and additional resources to enable parents and carers to engage and participate.

· To advocate for families to be included in the design, development, delivery, and review of SEND policies, procedures and services.

· To work closely with the Policy and Campaign Officer and Family Liaison Workers.

  • To play an active role as a Stockport SEND Champion and to attend SEND relevant meetings.

· To promote recognition and celebration of children, young adults and parents and carers involved in co-producing services.

· To set up and run a range of engagement processes including parents and carers in decision making meetings, interviews, parent/ carer forums, focus groups, consultations, pulse surveys.

· To work in a collaborative and flexible way across Seashell, acting as a role model to colleagues and building strong relationships across the Trust.

About you…

· GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent qualifications, in English and maths.

· Train the Trainer qualification would be desirable but is not essential.

· You will have strong presentation skills and have experience of delivering interactive meetings, focus groups and workshops.

· The ability to empower and engage parents and carers, children, and young people to have a voice and contribute to decisions which make long term positive changes for their future.

· Substantial experience of working directly with families, building effective relationships and securing improved outcomes.

· An excellent understanding of SEND Legislation.

· Be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of children, young adults, and their families, which may include evening and weekend working.

· Excellent communication skills, written, verbal and influencing skills.

*Please request a full copy of the Job Description by contacting a member of our team.

Our benefits:

Pension scheme, life assurance, on site gym/fitness classes, employee assistance and wellbeing programmes, access to free counselling, physio support, cycle scheme, free parking and lots more!

About Seashell Trust:

Seashell Trust runs an Outstanding (Ofsted) special School, and a specialist College together with 17 on-site residential homes for children and young people with complex learning disabilities, physical disabilities and multisensory impairments.

We provide a caring environment that is safeguarded and committed to promoting learning, respect and independence, as well as dignity for all of our students. As part of our safer recruitment procedure, successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check (no cost) and full references will be taken.

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities. We are an inclusive employer and welcome all applications.

Disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria on the person specification will be guaranteed an interview. If you require any reasonable adjustments for an interview, please highlight this to our Recruitment Team in advance.

This charity 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.

Our vision is for the children and young people in our care to be safe, happy and to achieve the best possible outcomes so that they are valued and valuable members of their communities

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: £28,232.00-£31,369.00 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Life insurance
  • On-site gym
  • On-site parking
  • Private medical insurance
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay
  • Store discount


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Application question(s):

  • Please provide details of your relevant experience and interest in this position.

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Cheadle