Social Care

Family Practitioner

Job description

Job purpose:

  • Working collaboratively with young people and their families to provide focused support to families to improve outcomes, address challenges, reduce risks to children and to enable families to make and sustain change.
  • Building trusting relationships with children, young people and families and extended family members/friends/communities to build sustainable change within stronger family networks, helping to alleviate their social isolation and increase capacity.
  • Undertaking and contributing to assessments and plans for children and their families in line with practice frameworks and in a way that avoids duplication and promotes holistic, and family led planning.
  • Developing and implementing effective evidenced based interventions which are grounded in principles of professional curiosity, anti-oppressive practice and systemic approaches with individuals, groups or a family in a range of settings, including community and youth settings, streets and estates, schools and in the family home according to the needs of the family.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • To effectively engage families and to work directly with them on multiple issues including parenting and family functioning, employment, school attendance mental ill health, learning difficulties, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, bereavement, risk of going missing and child sexual exploitation, and/or involvement in gangs, criminal and antisocial behaviour.
  • Providing intensive support to vulnerable children/young people and their families through a family centred approach, facilitating the change needed in families to improve parenting capacity and outcomes for children.
  • To maximise the involvement of children, young people and families in decision that after them, and to ensure that the voices of children, young people and families are represented in their assessments and plans, and in service design, review and delivery.
  • Assess parenting skills and help parents/carers to build physical and emotional caring abilities by providing advice and practical support with their parenting role, including use of positive activities to promote social inclusion and techniques to avoid conflict and manage challenging behaviour.
  • Reviewing family agreements, plans and interventions regularly with the family and professionals, working along side parents and children to achieve shared goals and develop a clear plan to sustain progress when involvement of the service ceases.
  • To work with children and young people not engaged in education, training, or employment and those engaged in risky behaviours including crime and anti-social behaviour to support them to achieve their potential and introduce them to new opportunities and positive experiences.


  • Professional qualification or relevant experience in a social work/health/or related children’s services area.
  • Training and/or qualifications in social care, youth work, social work or equivalent to national standards, minimum NVQ 3.
  • Willingness to work in different establishments and settings around the borough as required.
  • Significant experience of providing support to vulnerable children/young people and their families within a targeted early help setting on a range of complex issues, including where there are safeguarding concerns, utilising a range of strategies to engender positive change.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with children and adults.
  • Ability to bring about positive change through both supporting and challenging  individuals and families towards agreed goals and outcomes.
  • Enhanced DBS dated within the last 12 months. On the update service? You could be fast tracked through our recruitment process today.

Working with Archer Resourcing

We have been helping professionals find exciting new roles for a number of years, so we know exactly where to look when it comes to sourcing the best opportunities. We operate across the UK, and, with amazing relationships with the biggest employers in UK social care, we give you the best chance of landing your next role.

Due the high demand of CV's received we are unable to respond to all applications. However, we may hold your CV on file and contact you for future suitable roles.

We also offer a £250 referral bonus should you know of anyone who may be interested.

Must be eligible to work in the U.K

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