Specialist Family Support Worker- substance misuse

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: OCT20210042

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£25,481 - £29,577 Per Annum

Closing date

22 October 2021

Specialist Family Support Worker – Substance Misuse     

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.

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? 

Reporting to the multi-agency leadership team, you will engage with familes 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 peoples in the most effective way to ensure that the improved outcomes are achieved, including reducing demand on statutory child protection services and other specialist services.

You will have specialist knowledge of substance misuse that you are able to demonstrate in practice and which will contribute to the Portsmouth ‘Team Around the Worker’ approach within the multi-agency teams.

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

What you’ll need to succeed

You will hold a nationally recognised qualification such NVQ level 5  or other higher level qualification or have equivalent experience.  You will have experience and an up to date working knowledge of safeguarding children and young people as well as having a specialist knowledge in substance misuse and be able to demonstrate high quality delivery in this field.

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.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” andf the How to Apply to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.  Please ensure you address the points in the ‘Who is the Person’.