Family Support Practitioner (Choices)

Closing Date: 06/06/2023

Location: Antrim or Larne Office – Primarily covering the Larne/Carrick/Newtownabbey areas.

Contract Type: Temporary

Job Description

Salary: £22,500 per annum

Location: Antrim or Larne Office – Primarily covering the Larne/Carrick/Newtownabbey areas.

Contract/Hours: Fixed term contract until 30th June 2024 with possible extension.

Full-time – 37 hours per week (generally Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm but some flexibility may be required).

Interviews will be held on 13th June 2023

Benefits: 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, Blue Light card, excellent training and developments opportunities, 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

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 which works across the Northern Trust area however, this role is primarily to cover the Larne/Carrickfergus & Newtownabbey areas. It can include some early evening work to suit working parents.

How you’ll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities of the Family Support Practitioner role are:

  • 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.

Let’s talk about you

  • 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.
  • Access to a car & Business Insurance cover. 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.

Good to know

Application Process

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

Talent Pool

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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.

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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