Vacancy – Family Support Worker

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

Early Years Scotland (EYS) Family Visitor Centre at HMP Greenock, Inverclyde

We are looking for a highly motivated and supportive Family Support Worker to facilitate sessions at the new Early Years Scotland Family Visitor Centre (FVC)at HMP Greenock.

Families who are affected by imprisonment face emotional, financial and practical challenges as a result of their family member’s imprisonment and can find it difficult to access the information and support they need to overcome these difficulties.

The EYS FVC improves the visit experience for children, families and friends by providing a welcoming, positive environment that reduces stress, builds confidence and provides emotional, financial and practical support for the visitors whose lives are affected by imprisonment.

This new service aims to achieve positive outcomes for family members and children by fulfilling three core functions:

  • improving the experience of visiting a family member or loved one in prison
  • allowing families to access independent and impartial advice, information and support which meets their needs
  • championing families’ needs towards the prison system

The Family Support Worker will connect positively with visitors, offer information and advice and one-to-one support, and collaborate effectively with community-based services to develop the service. They will work predominantly on their own but also in close partnership with Scottish Prison Service (SPS) staff on a daily basis in order to provide a supportive and positive environment. The Family Support Worker will also be supported by the EYS Service Manager.

 Post Details

  • 17.5 hours per week over 52 weeks per annum (to include Saturdays and evenings). As this is a new service, the work pattern will be set in collaboration with the new staff member and SPS.
  • £10,646 pro-rata per annum (£21,292 FTE); £11.70 per hour (Point 19 on scale 19-22)
  • 25 days Annual Leave in the first year rising to 30 days thereafter pro-rata
  • 12 public holidays per annum
  • PVG Scheme membership will be required

Salary, allowances and entitlements are pro-rata to hours worked.

This post is funded by the Scottish Government until 31 March 2024 (subject to continued funding).

Full post details and application form are available on the Early Years Scotland website: https://earlyyearsscotland.org/jobs/.

If you would like to phone for an informal chat about the post in advance of applying, please let us know by emailing to gail.squires@earlyyearsscotland.org and we will be happy to arrange a time.

Closing date for applications: 9.00am on Thursday 10 August 2023.  Please forward your CV, or a completed EYS application form, to: recruitment@earlyyearsscotland.org.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week beginning 22 August 2023.

 Early Years Scotland is an Equal Opportunities Employer

 

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