Family Support Workers will work closely with social workers to give practical help and advice to families that are having short term difficulties, this could be due to drug or alcohol addiction, a relationship breakdown, a parent in hospital or prison, child or parent disabilities or a language barrier.
Qualifications in social work, social care, counselling or youth work would be beneficial but most employers will look for experience in working in this field which can be gained through volunteering.
- The ability to build a good relationship and gain trust with the families you are working with
- Able to communicate effectively with both children and adults from all backgrounds
- A non-judgmental approach
- The patience to help parents develop the skills to look after their own family and run their own home
- An understanding and caring nature
- The ability to stay calm under pressure and in difficult situations
- A flexible approach
- Good organisational skills
- Able to work well with other professionals
£18,000 to £20,000