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At Southside we focus our work on children, families and individuals with multiple and complex difficulties.


We’re here to help people get the care and support they need, so they enjoy the safety, experiences and opportunities they deserve.


Southside was established as an independent charity in 1997, but our roots go back as far as 1984.


Our team of paid and voluntary workers has grown steadily, building a strong reputation for expertise in family work and domestic abuse support. Through this success, our innovative, flexible and responsive services are now available to children, families and individuals across Bath and North East Somerset (BANES).


We are looking to recruit Family Support Workers to support children and families with complex needs; To offer practical help, advice and emotional support to families in their homes or groups. At Southside, building a professional yet trusting relationship is the basis of our work. From this position we can encourage, support and challenge parents to build appropriate nurturing relationships with their children where they can be emotionally available to the child yet still retain a boundaried approach allowing the child to feel secure, held and understood. This therapeutic, attachment-based approach allows the child to overcome trauma and build resilience.


Through working in a psychologically informed way we are aware that parents bring a wealth of their own childhood experiences some of which can be adverse and may impact on the way that they relate to their own child. Before an individual can parent in a containing way, they usually need an experience of being supported, held in mind, challenged, and encouraged themselves and we aim to model this in the relationship we build with our families at the beginning of the work.


The Successful candidate will work at all times within the policies, procedures and ethos of Southside. Specifically the worker will:


- ensure all duties and responsibilities are carried out in a manner which promotes equality and values diversity.


- follow Southside’s Information Governance policies and procedures as defined by the NHS Toolkit.


- abide by Southside’s Confidentiality Policy at all times.


Southside are fully committed to protecting, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff volunteers and partners to endorse this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to a satisfactory DBS disclosure and two references will be requested, followed up in writing and verified by telephone.


For further information on the post and an application pack please email or telephone 01225 331 243.


Family Support Workers x3


£23,500 per annum (pro rata for part time position)


Full time hours - 37.5 hours per week, part time hours - 22.5 hours per week

Contract Type:

Two full time, one part time Family Support Workers


Due to Covid-19 this position will include remote working, phone and Zoom contact with some face to face contact adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Close Date:

Monday, 31 January 2022

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