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Specialist Family Support Worker - (Young Person's Substance Misuse)

Children’s Social Care Jobs, Portsmouth City Council Jobs

Reference: 3310 - 4117

Job details



Job type

Part time, Permanent


Band: 7, £25,481 - £29,577 p.a, pro rata (£12,740 - £14,788 for 18.5 hours)

Closing date

24/09/2020 5:00 pm

Specialist Family Support Worker – (Young Person’s Substance Misuse) – Early Help and Prevention

18.5 hours per week – hours to be worked across 2.5 days although can be discussed

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

Are you an experienced family support practitioner with a passion for working with children and families with a range of challenges? Are you able to demonstrate a range of excellent skills, which will support and empower families to make positive changes? Do you understand the challenges families experience and have a creative approach to solving them? If so, you might be the person we are looking for.

Reporting to the multi-agency leadership team, you will engage with families and young people to assess need holistically and work with them to develop sustainable solutions that improve their ability to achieve better outcomes for their children.

You will ensure that help is provided to families and young people in the most effective way to ensure that improved outcomes are achieved, including reducing demand on statutory child protection services and other specialist services.  You will have specialist knowledge in a specific area of practice that will contribute to the Portsmouth Team Around the Worker approach within the Multi agency Teams. We are currently interested in hearing from applicants with experience in Young Person’s Substance Misuse.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will hold a nationally recognised qualification such as NVQ level 5 or other higher level qualification or have equivalent experience.  You have specialist knowledge and experience in a specific area of practice, we are particularly interested in applicants who have knowledge of child and young person exploitation and are able to demonstrate high quality delivery in this field.

Occasional evening and out of hours working are requirements for this position.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.

For further details on the post please click on the ‘Job Profile’ and ‘How to apply’

Applications received after this may not be considered.

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

How to apply


Please ensure you follow the instructions in the ‘how to apply’ attachment and e-mail your application to