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Family Support Practitioner

Job Type

Fixed Term


Northern Ireland




Posted Date

22 July 2022


Closing Date

14 August 2022

Choices Family Support Service (CFSS) aims to support young people age 10-17 years and their families to overcome and manage issues regarding mental health, family breakdown, emotional health and difficulties regarding education. CFSS provide one to one support for young people, family work and parental support. We aim to enable young people to make positive choices and express ambitions for the future.

As a Family Support Practitioner you'll be working with families experiencing complex challenges and will need to be creative in your approaches in engaging families who may be avoidant and resistant to your efforts.

CFSS is an outreach service working in families' homes covering the Northern Trust area. It can include some early evening work to suit working parents.

As a Family Support Practitioner you'll be:

Supporting young people to overcome and better manage difficulties they are facing by assessing needs, agreeing a service plan, carrying out agreed work and reviewing on a regular basis.
Carrying out assessments and devise action plans to work towards achieving positive outcomes.
Carrying out individual work with young people aged 10 to 17 and their parents/ carers on an outreach basis.
Updating and maintaining digital records.

What You'll Bring:

Our job description for the Family Support Practitioner outlines the requirements of the role but the ‘must-haves' are:

Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 or above or equivalent/related health, counselling or social care qualification.
Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team providing services to families and children aged 10-17 years.
Experience of working with various issues particularly low-level mental health issues (anxiety, self-harm, low mood) and low esteem etc.
Good working knowledge of safeguarding and child protection. procedures.
Excellent recording skills.
Competent in IT.
The ability to drive and 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.
Registration with NISCC or the willingness to register.

Working here is so much more than a job. Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you.

We work together to reach our vision of safe and happy childhoods. A diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with and we welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate our differences and as an inclusive workplace we want everyone to be themselves.

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.

We can't wait to hear from you – stay safe and happy.

Application Process: There are 5 sections for you to complete, Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration. Top Tip... Refer to the job description when writing your Supporting Statement.

Interview Date: Tuesday, 23rd August 2022 – this date can change in special circumstances, but we do our best to stick to this.

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