Newcastle Upon Tyne

Family Support Worker

Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise



Full time

£26,446 - £29,164 per annum

As part of our ongoing commitment to improve pre-birth practice and outcomes for children and families in Newcastle we are developing a dedicated Pre-Birth Team within Children’s Social Care. The newly developed Team will provide intensive support during pregnancy to parents by completing holistic assessments of need and risk and providing specific, goal orientated support. Parents will be supported to achieve and sustain change, enabling them to provide safe appropriate parenting to their baby. The primary aim of the Pre-birth Team is to support parents from the earliest opportunity so that they can safely care for their child from birth. This is done via intensive intervention from social workers, family support workers and other professionals. Robust pre-birth assessments are completed alongside this work to allow evidence-based decisions to be made.

Newcastle Children’s Social Care is committed to improving pre-birth practice and outcomes for children and families. Newcastle has been a partner within the Born into Care research and has also worked collaboratively with other Local Authorities in region to develop best practice within this area.

Are you committed to providing excellent services to vulnerable children and families? Do you want an employer who will support you to have the career that is right for you? If this is you - then Newcastle City Council is the place for you!

We are looking for Family Support Workers to work within our newly developed Pre-Birth Team. We are seeking a highly skilled, creative individuals who have excellent communication skills. You will need to have a flexible and fast paced approach with the ability to work to support and assist families that are in crisis and also to undertake planned pieces of intervention with children, young people and their families.

If you want to develop and grow your skillset now is the time to join us! Through our innovative work as part of the DFE’s Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme (read about our work with the DfE and Leeds City Council) we are implementing the Family Valued approach across our service and city to transform how we work with children, families and partners. Family Valued is a relational and restorative approach to services, focussing on strength and values.

As a Family Support Worker you will be responsible for providing direct support to children, young people and their families and to assist Social Workers in delivering an agreed plan. A professional and diplomatic approach is essential as the work is integral to supporting families in making meaningful lasting changes. Preference will be given to applicants with the knowledge, skills and experience of working intensively with families.

You will receive:

• A dedicated 5-day induction

• Generous annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually

• A range of flexible working options

• A generous Flexi Scheme

• Access to wellbeing initiatives

• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme

• Access to home electronics and car leasing schemes

Do you think you have what it takes to join our team of excellent and dedicated professionals? Apply today. If you want to find out more about the role you can speak with to Warren Petitjean, Service Manager on 0191 277500 or

We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. If you are successful, we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.

As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.

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Closing date:

11 August 2022

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