Family Support Worker

Zoek Pin Larne, Mid and East Antrim, Northern Ireland

Permanent (Unspecified)

Posted 14 days ago

Ballykeel, County Antrim

Circa £ per annum, pro rata which equates to £17,500 per annum

Permanent, Part-Time (working 35 hours a week) - generally Monday to Thursday, 9am - 5pm and Friday 9am - (but subject to change to meet service needs).

Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

The role

Ballymena & Little Steps Sure Start provides a range of health, play & learning and parenting support services to children, from pre-birth up to four years, and their families. The project comprises a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team and works in close partnership with a range of local Statutory, Voluntary and Community service providers to promote effective service delivery in response to the needs of the parents, children and families across the designated SureStart areas.

Services consist of both individual and group support across Ballymena & Antrim and are provided from 3 centre bases across the localities, within the home setting or through outreach activities to local pre-school, Church and Community settings. Although based at our Ballykeel site, you will be expected to work across all 3 sites in Antrim and Ballymena.

You will make a difference by:

  • Undertaking a range of outcomes focused home visits including promotional visits, social, emotional and practical parenting support and / or developing play skills with children aged under 4 years and their parents/carers.

  • Supporting families to attend centre-based services, facilitating various parenting support programmes and signposting families to other relevant services ensuring good links with local statutory and voluntary services.

  • Assessing families' needs and creating service plans in partnership with them to support them to achieve their desired outcomes.

  • Being responsible for the planning, development and delivery of individual and group-based services, which support families in providing their children with the best start in life.

You will need:

  • Minimum Level 2 NVQ in Childcare or equivalent relevant qualification.

  • A true passion, strong interest and experience in working with families in the Early Years sector.

  • A thorough understanding of Child Protection and Safeguarding.

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • An understanding of the physical, intellectual, linguistic, social and emotional growth as part of child development including the impact of positive relationships for child and parent wellbeing and the importance of play in the early years.

  • An ability to understand and support transitions for children.

  • Experience of providing home visiting support to families is desirable.

  • Good IT skills.

  • Access to a car with business insurance. The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act.

The way we work
We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.


We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.

For safe and happy childhoods
At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.

For more information, please contact Emma Goodwin on or email .uk

**Please note: Interviews are planned to be held on 15th September 2021.**We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.
Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

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