Family Support Worker (11070)

Action for Children

Family Support Worker

Salary: Circa £11.04 per hour

Location: Waterside, L'Derry

Contract/Hours: Part-time (working 26 hours a week) during term time only on a fixed term contract until the end of June 2024 – hours are Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm

Benefits: 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

Our Waterside SureStart service plays an essential role in giving children and families the early support they need. As a universal service we work in partnership with other agencies such as health visitors, midwives, and local schools.

To help 0–4-year-olds get ready for school our services include: child and family health services; parenting programmes and antenatal support; early year's education services, such as ‘stay and play' sessions; speech and language support and family learning.


How you'll help to create brighter futures

We have 2 positions available, one focusses on ante- and post-natal support to parents and children from 0-4yrs. This role involves conducting parent and child support group programmes, working closely with parents, conducting home visits and completing registrations.

The second role is focussed on speech, language, play and development and involves supporting our Speech and Language Therapist, conducting play and development programmes for parents and children aged 0-4ys and conducting home visits and registrations.


Let's talk about you

  • Diploma Level 2 in Early Years or a similar subject.
  • Experience of working with children and families and identifying their needs.
  • Excellent communication skills to be able to engage and work with children, young people and their families.
  • An awareness and an ability to identify and act upon safeguarding concerns with clients and to follow agreed reporting procedures.
  • Experience of group work programmes.
  • Access to a car. The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act.


Please note: Interviews are planned to be held on Monday, 11th December 2023.


Contact: Emma Goodwin on 01923 361725 or email her at Emma.Goodwin@actionforchildren.org.uk


Good to know

Application Process

Please note we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role.

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

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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?

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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  • Salary:
    £11.04 per hour
  • Directorate:
    Children's Services Northern Ireland
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Part Time/Term Time
  • Closing Date:
    4 December 2023
  • Number of Roles:
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