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Action for Children

Family Support Practitioner

Job Type



Social work




Posted Date

5 February 2024


Closing Date

9 February 2024

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

Aberdeen Priority Families Service is a partnership between Action for Children, Aberdeen City Council, Sport Aberdeen and Aberdeen Foyer. The service aims to improve the outcomes for families who have multiple and complex needs. Families are referred to the service as they need additional support to work on issues that can include problems within school, anti-social or offending behaviour, and child, or adult welfare concerns.

We're thrilled to announce that our organisation has successfully secured a recent tender, which has opened up new avenues for growth and service. With this tender, this enables us to broaden our operations, extending crucial support to families in need, particularly those seeking refuge.

The Family Support Practitioner will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that works for a period of up to 12 months with families to support and enable positive change and to improve outcomes.

An assessment of need will be undertaken to identify needs, strengths, and challenges that each family faces, the intensive interventions will involve advice, guidance, parenting support, 1:1 work with children and liaising with partner agencies.

You'll carry out assessments, intensive planned support and reviews and support families to overcome barriers. Working as part of a team, you'll attend meetings and work alongside partner agencies, advocating on behalf of children and families.

We are anticipating the roles will begin on 1st April 2024.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities for the role are;

Effectively assessing the needs of families and responding to them.
Working collaboratively with families to achieve positive outcomes.
Listening to children, young people and families concerns.
Working in an integrated way as part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team.
Let's talk about you

An SVQ 3 in social care or equivalent.
Experience of working with vulnerable families and the issues and barriers they face.
Knowledge and awareness of methods of assessment and interventions.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and through presentations.
Experience of developing multidisciplinary support plans.
Experience of working with children, young people, their families, and carers to promote and to ensure safeguarding and the welfare of the child / young person.
Good to know

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

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.

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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