Salary: Circa £24,000 per annum

Contract/Hours: Fixed Term until March 2023 (yearly funded post, if / when the funding gets renewed, the contract also gets renewed), Full Time, 37hrs per week

Location: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire

Benefits: Annual leave of 29 days public holidays, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, annual staff awards, up to 7% employer contribution pension scheme, employee discount portal with all your favourite brands, check out more on our career's portal.

Closing Date: Midnight on 9th June 2022.  

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Action for Children so here's what you need to know….

About Us

At Action for Children, we believe that every child should have a safe and happy childhood. Last year, we helped more than 600,000 children and families across the UK. We work to ensure their voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting change to their lives.

About the Role:

Aberdeen Priority Families Service is a partnership between Action for Children, Aberdeen City Council, Police Scotland, 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, antisocial or offending behaviour, and child, or adult welfare concerns. We also support Refugees and their families from a variety of backgrounds, and we require one of the appointed candidates to be assigned to our Refugee Families for 0.5 of their role. 

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

As with all our funded roles, if / when the funding gets renewed, the contract gets renewed.

As a Family Support Practitioner, you'll be:

  • 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.

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

  • A 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. 
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining drive and enthusiasm. To be able to deal with children and young people effectively and safely, with challenging behaviour.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Good knowledge of Safeguarding and keeping young people safe.
  • Driving licence and access to a suitable means of transport is required for this role.

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.

Talent Pool: We'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up but do let us know if you'd rather we didn't.

Contact:  in our recruitment team who will be happy to support with your application.

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