Family Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £22,100 – £27,012
  • Dundee
  • Closing 12th July 2020

  • Advertised from 24th June 2020
  • 35 hours per week


The Family Support Worker will be responsible to the Services Manager of the Dundee Family Support Services for the direct delivery of services to single parent families to improve the following outcomes:

Parents will be better informed.Through educating parents, building confidence, autonomy and resilience, single parents and their families will feel better able to manage challenges and barriers and develop their own lives resulting in problem resolution, positive and sustainable change.

Parenting and child development worries will be minimised. Improved parental coping strategies for managing stress, wellbeing and mental health issues will mean parents will have improved parenting strategies to improve supportive family relationships, security, and stability for children.

Social isolation will be minimised through increasing community engagement which will enable parents and families to develop their social skills and peer support. Families will widen their social circles of support through attendance at our activities and in their wider community and city.

Parents will be included and have a voice.They will be valued and supported to meaningfully participate in shaping OPFS Dundee Family Support Services, ensuring they have the space and time to share their experience and expertise.

Key responsibilities include:

Family support: Provide support to meet the needs of single parents and their families as early as possible, and at an appropriate level, by delivering individual and group-based support to single parents/families, through home visiting, service based and community engagement/ outreach support.

Advice and Information: Ensure single parents have access to information that they trust, is relevant to their needs and helps them make informed decisions.

Developing Potential:Help single parents to identify their future goals, develop action plans and support their implementation.

Assessment of need:Participate in multi-agency forums as part of formal and informal packages of support.

Service Development: Developing and delivering services to meet the identified needs of single parents, children, and families.

Networking: Developing and maintaining effective links with local agencies relevant to single parents, including developing and delivering joint services to families/parents as appropriate.

Resource Materials:Identifying/producing relevant materials to use in parental and family support and development work.

Representation: Represent the Family Support Services and One Parent Families Scotland on relevant forums and committees. Encourage and support parent participation where appropriate.

Record keeping and evaluation: Maintaining agency records and conducting regular evaluations of work to ensure aims and outcomes are being met. This will include partnership working with parents, families and other stakeholders.

Other Duties:Any other duties as reasonably requested by the Services Manager.

The job description is a broad picture of the post at the date of preparation. It is not an exhaustive list of all possible duties and it is recognised that jobs change and evolve over time.

Application notes

Application Form and Full Job Description available from the One Parent Families Scotland website:

Completed applications should be returned to Email: by the closing date 5pm Sunday 12th July 2020.

OPFS aims to be a family friendly and equal opportunity employer and has IIP status and Living Wage Accreditation.