Job details

Reference number - 1729-2130

Location - Portsmouth

Salary - £20,653 - 23,866 p.a.

Job type/hours - Temporary, up to 37 hours per week

Closing date - 17.00pm on the 24 June 2018

Family Support Worker - Young carers

Hours per week: up to 37 hours per week    Temporary to 31st December 2019                                  

We are looking a Family Support Worker to support our young carers.  You need to hold a nationally recognised qualification such as NVQ level 4 or other higher level qualification or have equivalent experience and be a car driver with access to transport or able to easily access public transport to move across Portsmouth City

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 functioning and achieve better outcomes for their children.

This post-holder 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. 

The main responsibilities will be to

  • support young carers age 5 - 18 who provide physical support or are emotionally effected by their caring role to access breaks and engage with wider support
  • Complete assessments with families to understand their needs and work with them to improve outcomes
  • Adopt a style of practice, in line with restorative principles, to work with families, empowering them to find their own solutions to identified problems.
  • Provide quality up to date information, advice and support which supports children and young people’s emotional health, personal and social development and promotes healthy lifestyles in schools and colleges across Portsmouth City
  • Promote the involvement of young people in planning, delivery and evaluation of services.
  • Offer information and advice and support to young people in a variety of settings/environments as required to meet the aims of the service.
  • Represent the service at meetings and at school/ college and community events when required.
  • To keep up to date on issues that affect children’s and young people e.g. changes in government policy and local practice.
  • To support all services delivered by the multiagency teams through the Team around the worker model. To provide training to professionals and organisations  and assist them in the identification of young carers and to recognise their needs to support them
  • To be aware of and contribute towards achieving the KPIs set for the Early Help and Prevention Service within your locality.

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

Closing time/date, 17:00, on the 24 of June 2018

Applications received after this may not be considered.


If applying as a secondment you will need permission from your current line manager releasing you for this secondment.  Please state you have this on your application form.


Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, 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.

For full details download the job profile at the bottom of the job page


How to apply

You can apply by post or email. Please see the 'How to apply' document below.