Parent Support Practitioner



    Barnardo’s are seeking to recruit a part time (22.8 hours) experienced Parent Support Practitioner who shares our commitment and vision to develop an outstanding service partnered with Surrey & Borders, Mental Health in Schools Team and embed Barnardo’s basis and values in all we do. The position sits within the Transition Parent Wellbeing Service which is a new service that launched in July 2023.

    Parent Support Practitioners will work alongside the Primary Mental Health Team Surrey to deliver support to Parents and Carers across Surrey. Our Practitioners will work collaboratively and with a strengths-based approach to support parents to improve their understanding and develop strategies to support their child(ren).

    The Transition Parent Wellbeing Service operates within a I Thrive Framework where choice and shared decision making is fundamental. It is a relational model, and we hold a non-judgmental and trusting relationship between the staff member, children, young people, and parents as crucial to their ongoing wellbeing. You will receive a full induction and training on the Thrive model at the start of your employment.

    Barnardo’s is a busy and positive place to work. Every day is different, and the Parent Support Practitioner will have a critical role within our team. To be successful in this role you will:

    • Have knowledge of emotional health and wellbeing, and experience of supporting parents to implement strategies to manage/support their child’s emotional health and wellbeing.
    • Have a range of project work skills and abilities.
    • Demonstrate the ability to engage and communicate with both parents, children, young people and their families.
    • Have good organisational, numeracy, and literacy skills.
    • Demonstrate empathy, patience, and an open and flexible approach to working with parents.
    • Have experience of delivering one-to-one work or group work with parents/carers or families and take a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach to your work.
    • Recognise the strengths of parents and have experience of working collaboratively with them to improve their emotional wellbeing and resilience;
    • Demonstrate a clear understanding of safeguarding procedures.
    • Enjoy the challenges and rewards of working within a service for children, young people, and their families (parents or carers);
    • Share our commitment to providing an outstanding service and embedding Barnardo’s basis and values within all we do.

    The office base for this role is at our Surrey Wellbeing Hub based in Leatherhead, Surrey. Although the role is office-based, the ability to work from home and willingness to travel around Surrey is essential. In light of the travel that will be required, access to a vehicle a valid driving licence will be essential.

    Hours of work will be 22.8 hours and there may be a need for some flexibility with evening session being worked as and when required by the Service. Barnardo’s believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.

    Negotiations can be had around salary dependent on skills and experience.

    When completing your application please refer to your skills, knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification and Job Description. This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described. Salary negotiable. If you do have any questions relating to this role, please call Rosie Calmiano, Team Manager on .

    Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible.