Salary: £20,202 per annum

Location: Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Contract/Hours: Permanent / Full-Time – 37 hours per week (may include evenings and weekends)

Perks: 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, professional qualifications, excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, up to 7% employer contribution pension, discount portal with your favourite brands.

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you’ll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It’s the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children’s lives.

A bit about the role

As part of a city-wide strategy, the service will promote the wellbeing of children and young people aged 0-12 years to support them to thrive with their families within their local communities by offering the right support at the right time.

The main focus of our work is supporting parents/carers to manage the behaviour of children through a variety of accredited parenting programmes. Work is also carried out to help improve the confidence and self-esteem of children and their parents/carers at home, school or in the community.

How you’ll help to create brighter futures

Our shared vision is to support children and young people to live with their parents and siblings, or where this is in the best interest of children, with their extended family, enabling them to grow up in their community with their friends, and attend their local school. We’ll rely on you to make sure our services run as smoothly as possible and will need you to help do this by:

  • Achieving the highest standards of safeguarding, whether through direct care provision or support activities to the children and young people who come into contact with our services, or by appropriately reporting concerns about any child or young person.
  • Promoting our equality and diversity strategy locally, including linking with local equality and diversity frameworks to ensure best practice and to inform and develop appropriate action plans.
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues and families to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Listening to children, young people and families.
  • Working in an integrated way as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team.

Let’s talk about you

The Family Support Workers will be part of a multi-disciplinary team with families to support and enable positive change and to improve outcomes. You’ll join a team with an opportunity to work supporting and providing outcomes to families. It would be great if you have the following:

  • SVQ 3 in social care or equivalent.
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency social care, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures
  • Experience of working alongside case holders to manage cases, in accordance with agreed procedures and completing assessments, planning and reviews to ensure positive outcomes
  • Experience of working with vulnerable families and a broad understanding of their barriers.
  • The ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and through presentations.
  • A Driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Good to know

Application Process

There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

Talent Pool

We know talent when we see it. But sometimes we find the right person but not for the right job. We’d love to keep your details for when the right job comes up. Let us know if you’d rather we didn’t.

Contact: If, for any reason, you need support with your application, please contact Laura McCarthy at . We’ll be happy to give you any support you require.

Diversity, equality and inclusion

At Action for Children, we’re dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

Don’t meet every single requirement?

Studies show that women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every qualification. So, if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with the job description, we’d love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.

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