Children’s Services Practitioner (4745)
  • Location: Uist and Barra
  • Salary: £23,500
  • Contract:
  • Hours: 37 Hours

Uist and Barra, Outer Hebrides

Circa £23,500 + £1758 Distant Islands Allowance

37 Hours – Full-Time (we will also consider split post for this role)

Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

The role:

Our Outer Hebrides Alcohol and Drug Partnership (OHADP) funded projects are a vital part of our work across the Outer Hebrides. As a Children Service’s Practitioner- Early Intervention Service, with an office base in Benbecula, you will be covering outreach work in Uist and Barra.

You will be working alone, and be supported by the Action for Children team based in Lewis. This role is Mon – Fri with occasional weekend and late-night requirements depending on the needs of the service.  We are happy to consider a split post on this role, please make it clear on your application if you are interested in full time or part time work.

You will be working with children, young people and their families from pre-birth to adulthood. Your role will involve working with children and families affected by parental alcohol and substance misuse, and with young people who are engaging in harmful or offending behaviours involving alcohol and other substances.

You will work with the parents to build up their parenting skills, bonding and attachment, boundary setting, improving wellbeing and welfare including home visits. You will mirror good parenting skills including play, healthy eating, routines and boundaries as well as providing a strong and reliable mentoring support service for young people.

You will also work within schools, health settings and local communities with partner agencies to ensure each child and family receive the best support and signpost to them to access appropriate resources.

You will make a difference by:

Providing a high-quality service to children, young people and their families, based on an assessment of need and is outcomes driven.

Delivering complex and specialist interventions with children, young people or families on a 1:1 basis, group or community setting.

Providing lead case/care planning management, including undertaking assessing, reviewing, and managing risks.

Attending and participating at relevant multi agency meetings, providing a lead role ensuring reflective and analytical practice review.

You will need:

Previous experience working with children and young people aged 0-18 years (minimum of 2 years).

Previous experience of delivering family support.

Understanding of substance misuse and poverty related issues and the impacts they may have on the child or young person.

Minimum of HNC in a related field or equivalent relevant degree qualification.

Knowledge of working with multi agency partnerships.

Full Drivers licence and access to a vehicle to enable the duties of the role to be carried out.

Essential training will be provided.

The way we work:

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.


We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we’ll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.

For safe and happy childhoods

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.

For any questions on this role, please contact Lynsey Munro in our recruitment team on

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

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