Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,616
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 22nd August 2022

  • Advertised from 3rd August 2022
  • Starting salary: £23,616 plus benefits (pay scale £23,616 – £26,741) 35 hours per week


Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support families affected by imprisonment. Imprisonment can often have a huge impact on the things that matter most to families: money and secure housing, safe and connected relationships at home and in the community, and the emotional health and wellbeing of families. Families Outside is dedicated to providing a range of practical, social, and emotional support to people with someone in prison that are relationship-based, prison-aware, and family-focused.

As part of an exciting new partnership project with our colleagues at Barnardo’s Scotland, the Families Outside Family Support Worker will work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and their families in Edinburgh. We will address the social and family adversities that children and young people who have a family member in prison face to ensure they are safe, healthy, included, and achieving at home, school, and in the community.

Our Family Support Worker will:

  • Support children, young people, and families at home and in their community via 1:1, family, and group work.
  • Work closely with key professionals including prison staff and prison visitor centre staff to provide advice, information, and guidance to families and professionals on a range of issues.
  • Support a caseload and address individual and family needs, referring to appropriate local services (i.e. housing, health, welfare) as required.
  • Support families to be involved in relevant case conferences and decision-making fora where possible.

We are looking for a Family Support Worker who is:

  • Experienced in working with and alongside children, young people, and families in creative and flexible ways
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic, but also passionate about developing and delivering quality, engaging, and fun activities that are accessible to children and young people across Edinburgh
  • Confident in managing risk and ensuring children and young people are safe at home and in the community
  • Focused on the rights of children and young people in their work and all they do
  • Trauma-informed and understands the impact of imprisonment upon children, young people, and families
  • Confident in working within GIRFEC approaches and is an effective contributor to multi-agency work with other professionals to meet the needs of children, young people, and families.

If you are an experienced professional with social work, youth/community work, family support, or other appropriate experience and are passionate about making a difference for children, young people, and families impacted by imprisonment, then we want to hear from you.

Staff Benefits

• 25 flexible leave days plus 10 public holidays

• Hybrid working (negotiable)

• 4% matched contribution workplace pension scheme

• Laptop and mobile phone for all staff

Application notes

To apply please visit our website

Closing date: 12.00pm, Monday 22nd August 2022.

Interviews: Tuesday, 30th August 2022.

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