Family Support Practitioner (Hubs)

Closing Date: 06/06/2023

Location: Antrim Office/Home Working, primarily covering the Magherafelt and Cookstown Area

Contract Type: Temporary

Job Description

Salary: £22,500 per annum

Location: Antrim office/home working – primarily covering the Magherafelt/Cookstown area.

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 Tuesday 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

Action for Children’s Northern Family Support Hub Service works across the Northern Health & Social Care Trust area supporting children aged 0-17 and their families access early intervention support when they need it most. The Hub is funded by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

The Hub is a multi-agency network of organisations that provide early intervention services in the area and in your role you will coordinate this forum to signpost referrals for families who need early intervention services in the most efficient way. This will involve directly linking with families and other professionals. You’ll work to look at the needs of families and work to match families’ needs to the best possible service or services that can help.

You’ll be based in our office in Steeple Road, Antrim and the normal working hours are 9.00-5.00 Monday-Friday however, there may be a need for flexibility within this to meet the needs of the service. The Family Support Hubs cover the whole of the Northern Health & Social Care Trust area, however, this role is primarily for the Magherafelt/Cookstown area.

How you’ll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities of the Family Support Practitioner role are;

  • Managing a caseload within the Cookstown/Magherafelt locality.
  • Responsible for assessing the family’s needs.
  • Liaising with the families and other agencies.
  • Undertaking home visits where necessary.
  • Attending meetings as required, including to present cases at monthly meetings.
  • Ensuring all records are kept up to date.

Let’s talk about you

  • Diploma Level 3 or equivalent qualification in early years and childcare, social care or related background
  • Experience of direct work/engagement with children and families.
  • Good report writing skills.
  • Excellent communication and IT skills
  • Registration or the willingness to register with NISCC.
  • 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.

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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