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Community Support Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £22,857
  • Perth
  • Closing 19th October 2020

  • Advertised from 1st October 2020
  • Includes 5% unsocial hours allowance). 37.5 hours per week. Initial funding for 1 year.


Many vulnerable children and young people are unable to be supported sufficiently within their own homes and communities. However, by intervening early with person centred approaches we can support children and young people to remain at home rather than moving into residential care.

We are looking for someone to join our team in Perth, who is passionate about supporting children and young people to secure the best possible outcomes as they live and grow within their communities. Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and families are supported to build on their strengths, assets and interests to develop enduring capacity and resilience. We also aim to support local professional stakeholders and communities to coproduce solutions.

Applicants should be enthusiastic, energetic and committed and, working in a culture based on respect, integrity, innovation and the ability to challenge, you will share our vision that collaborative early intervention and engagement is the best option for children and families who are on the ‘edge of care’. You will bring a fresh and collaborative approach and, in discussion with the manager, be willing to try new approaches to ensure strong and trusting relationships are developed with families and stakeholders. You should be dynamic and creative and be able to deliver flexible, person-centred services to vulnerable children and families in a way which can be playful, warm, accepting, curious, tenacious and empathetic.

You will have experience of direct practice within this field of work, including child/adult protection issues. Experience of working with children with additional support needs would be desirable but is not essential.

Working in a variety of settings including the service base, family homes, schools and community settings, you will work either individually or with groups of children, young people and parents / carers using an asset-based approach to build capacity and resilience.

As well as being involved in planning, designing and delivering appropriate work you will also assist in assessing and evaluating the services, maintain accurate records and contribute to reports.

A key part of the service is to be able to provide support whenever it is needed including at weekends, during the evening and on public holidays. There is a need to be adept at managing time, balancing the needs of children and families with the administrative elements of the role.

Please see the ‘Person Specification’ document included with this advert on our website for further details on preferred qualifications and experience.

If you would like more information or wish to discuss this post, please contact Tracey Dammer, Service Manager on 07528 970557 for an informal conversation.

Application notes

To apply please go to our website where you can apply online. If you have any queries, please e-mail: Applications are welcome from minority groups.

Applications to be returned by: noon on Monday 19th October 2020

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.