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Family Time Worker

Staffordshire County Council
£23,893 - £25,119
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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Local Councils
Job Type
Social Care – Children
Contract Type
Working Pattern

Job Details

Are you passionate about making a difference to children's lives who are placed in local authority foster care?

As a Family Time Worker, you’ll play a critical role in supporting children in understanding their birth identity and supervising their time with birth parents. 

We’re looking for people to join us with the skills to encourage and help maintain positive relationships between children and parents. We work with very vulnerable children so we must ensure we maintain professional relationships whilst managing complex family needs and behaviours.

You'll play a vital role in supporting families for them to spend quality time together. Our aim during family time is to promote a positive and meaningful time for children with their family. This could include offering support, guidance, and parenting advice or modelling positive interaction and behaviours.  Our family time workers are required to transport the children around the county and further afield. 

Main Responsibilities

As a Family Time Worker, you will be required:

  • To facilitate therapeutic family time between children and their parents or other family members.
  • To coordinate arrangements for family time for children and their parents or other family members as directed by court.
  • Transport children and young people to attend family time.
  • To provide parenting support and guidance during family time.
  • To support the completion of accurate documentation, reports, and records in relation to children, young people, and families.
  • To be available outside of traditional working patterns including evenings and weekends to provide support to children, families, and carers when it is needed.
The Ideal Candidate

As well as a passion for helping and supporting children and their families, you’ll need to have:

  • A minimum NVQ 3 in working with children and families or equivalent experience of working with children and families.
  • Experience of direct work with children, their families, and carers in a statutory or voluntary agency which provides services to vulnerable children and their families.
  • Experience in the use of IT including Microsoft packages
  • An understanding of child development and the effect of stress and trauma on child development.
  • An understanding of the key pieces of policies, guidance, and legislation which govern children’s social care.
  • Have unrestricted use of a car and a driving licence.
  • Be flexible to work evenings and occasional weekends as needed.
  • The ability to effectively communicate with children, their families, and carers.
  • The ability to build relationships and deliver interventions to children, families, and carers.
  • The ability to work effectively in conflict situations.

Need more information?

If you’re unsure whether your skills and experience meet the needs for the role, please get in touch with us, we’d love to chat to you! You can reach us at

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to Our rewards and benefits - Careers at Staffordshire

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.


About us

From managing the flow of traffic to improving the quality of our schools, officiating marriages and supporting vulnerable people, we deliver vital services around the clock. Because what we do touches so many lives and in so many ways, our work is impactful, rewarding and varied.  

Whether you’re an apprentice or graduate, or come to us with plenty of experience, we’ll support you to achieve amazing things. You’ll have a say in how things are done and be able to run with your ideas. And even better, everything you do will help to improve the way we work and the lives of our communities.

No matter what role you’re in, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to move around. And as you try your hand at new things, you’ll find that your skills grow and develop. With hundreds of career options on offer, you’ll have the chance to make the most of your ambition.

Our values

We all share a common purpose of public service to the people of Staffordshire. Our values support our Strategic Plan and vision and are at the heart of everything we do. Our people are A C E and unique, which is why we want to make sure we lead them well and provide the benefits and wellbeing support they need. Our people have different roles, different things that motivate them, different learning needs and will be at different stages of their career journey. But our values unite us to achieve amazing things.

  • Ambitious - We are ambitious for our communities and citizens
  • Courageous - We recognise our challenges and are prepared to make courageous decisions
  • Empowering - We empower and support our people by giving them the opportunity to do their jobs well.

We are no ordinary county council. We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

To find out more about working for us visit our brand new Careers at Staffordshire page it's the best place to learn about all the jobs and opportunities we have on offer.  Our new ambassador programme lets you hear directly from our employees about what it's like to work here.


Company info
01785 278300
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Place 2
Tipping Street
ST16 2DH
United Kingdom

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