Children and Families Practitioner (4997)

Family Support Practitioner

Location: West Bromwich or Smethwick

Hours: Fixed Term, Full Time until March 2022 (working 37 hours a week)

Salary: Circa £20,100 per annum 


Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

How do we work?                                                                                                   

Action for Children does what's right, does what's needed and does what works for children across the UK. Every year, our team changes the lives of 301,000 children, young people and their families – but for every child who needs help to get help, there's plenty more to do. That's where you come in.

Sandwell Working Together with Families service provides intensive early support to families where children are at risk of neglect. We follow a relationship-based model providing focussed interventions as early as possible to achieve change before problems become entrenched. We operate across 4 towns: Smethwick, Oldbury, Wednesbury and West Bromwich.

We work with families for 22 weeks in total which is broken down into 3 phases. Families can be supported via single agency, through early help where practitioners take on the lead professional role. The service uses the Graded Care Profile 2 as its tool for assessment and evidencing change.


The Role

As a Family Support Practitioner, you'll manage approx. 6-8 cases depending on the complexity to provide practical and emotional support to families to reduce concerns of neglect.

The role is full-time (37 hours a week) basis and the hours are Monday to Friday. Generally, these are 9-5 but there will be some flexibility required to start earlier or finish later depending on the needs of the service. 

You will make a difference by:

-You'll significantly improve young people's lives:

-Providing family support on an intensive level for up to 6 hours a week.

-Working collaboratively with families in their homes to achieve positive outcomes.

-Listening to children, young people and families.

-Chairing Early Help meetings and liaising with external agencies.

-Reviewing and evaluating the service provision.

-Supervising volunteers and/or students if required.

-Keeping and updating records.

You will need:

-Diploma Level 3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent.

-Experience of working with vulnerable families and complex cases where there neglect is present.

-Previous family support work experience.

-The ability to engage with people of all ages in vulnerable families.

-Knowledge of safeguarding legislation and neglect.

-Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and through presentations.

-Experience of chairing meetings.

-Ability to build effective working relationships.

-Transport required for travel. 

-The ability to easily travel throughout Smethwick, Oldbury, Wednesbury and West Bromwich.

The way we work

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.


We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.

For safe and happy childhoods

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.

For more information, please contact Sam Richardson on 07935545059 or email recruitmentservice@actionforchildren.org.uk

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

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Working Together With Families
Hillside Children's Centre, Connor Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B71 3DJ
  • Circa:
  • Department/Division:
    England North
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    24 June 2021
  • Number of Roles:
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