Children's Worker - Part Time - Temporary

Salary: From £23,906.00 to £26,484.00

Hours per week: 19.00

Job Status: Temporary

Closing Date:

Job Type: Part Time

Responsible To: Clinical Manager

Location: Sunflower Garden
Simpson House 52 Queen Street Edinburgh EH2 3NS

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Are you looking for a rewarding career that gives you flexibility and a real sense of a job well done?  Working within a supportive team providing support across the city for families affected by drug and alcohol use could be for you.  At Sunflower Gardens we recognise that every child and young person is different and our multi-disciplinary team offers a range of services through a family outreach service, individual counselling and art therapy and Group work for children affected by parental alcohol use.


You will need to be qualified to Degree level in Social Work, Health, Education, Art/Play Therapy or equivalent or to diploma level in Counselling.  You will also need a full driving licence and access to a vehicle in order to provide one to one support in the outreach service.  In return, you can look forward to ongoing training and development - not only so you can do a great job, but to help you build your career with us too.

This work can be challenging as well as fulfilling.  As an organisation your wellbeing is important to us.  We have benefits package which includes a generous pension.

This is a temporary post up to 31 March 2022. 

The hours of work for this post are 19.00 per week and will include Wednesday morning.  The days of the week for the remaining hours to be worked are flexible and will be discussed further at interview.

Salary is pro rata of 38.5 hours per week.


Main Function

To work as part of a team offering a free comprehensive and confidential service to children affected by drug and alcohol use in their families.

To work with colleagues to constantly increase the effectiveness and quality of the service delivered.

Main Duties

  1. Deliver 1:1 therapeutic support for children aged 5-18 years affected by drug and alcohol use in their family, on an outreach basis in schools and the community.
  2. To work in partnership with parents/carers, grandparents and the wider family where appropriate.
  3. To liaise with other voluntary and statutory workers in the area of substance use and children and families work.
  4. Apply sound knowledge of a range of therapeutic interventions with children.
  5. To innovate and be willing to adopt new approaches in working with children and their families.
  6. Apply an understanding of parental substance use and how this can affect children.
  7. Maintain an interest in the latest literature regarding children affected by drug and alcohol use in their families and related issues.
  8. To complete all necessary and required paperwork and case notes, including writing reports for Child Planning Meetings, LAAC Reviews and Children’s Hearings.
  9. To adopt, review revise and implement policies, procedures and quality standards as necessary.
  10. To assist in the future planning and development of the service.
  11. To display qualities of empathy, sensitivity and professional standards.
  12. To undertake relevant training courses and show a commitment to continuing professional development.
  13. To provide training and talks to others as required.
  14. Assist in the day-today running of the service.
  15. To undertake other duties as required by the Clinical Manager.
  16. Have respect for all aspects of Christian worship.



Qualification in Children’s Work to Degree level or in Social Work. Health, Education, Art Therapy, and/or Diploma level in Counselling.


Training in Child Protection; Therapeutic work with children.


As we do our work in Christ’s name you must be respectful of our Christian Ethos and be able to work within it.

You are required to be a member of the PVG scheme if not you will be required to join before commencing employment.

Skills and Abilities


  • Two years experience in children’s, family work and/or substance misuse field
  • To be aware of the needs of children affected by drug and alcohol use in their families.
  • A strong ability to engage and form trusting relationships with children and their families.
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Commitment to continuing professional development.
  • A full driving licence and unlimited access to a vehicle.
  • An extensive knowledge and understanding of Child Protection and an ability to respond to the needs of the child.
  • Experience of working within GIRFEC and a comprehensive understanding of policies and procedures relating to this.


  • Previous experience of working in the Social Work, Health, Education or voluntary sector.
  • Knowledge of this service area.
  • Knowledge of theories of childhood development.
  • Knowledge of the effects of social exclusion on children affected by drug and alcohol use.
  • A strong ability to work alongside other professionals from different settings.
  • An extensive knowledge and understanding of Child Protection and an ability to respond to the needs of the child.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the law relating to children.


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