Family Support Worker - FTC (1 year)

Reference number: 48073

Title: Family Support Worker - FTC (1 year)

Location: South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Salary: £21,048 (FTE) £10.79 Per hour

Hours: 30 hours per week

Closing date: Friday 19 August 2022

Interview date: To be confirmed

Contract type: Fixed Term

Job advert:

Looking for a new challenge?

Work with Sense and make a real difference to the lives of disabled people and their families.

It's an exciting time as Sense is growing, we now have an opportunity for a Family Support Worker to join our wonderful team in Northern Ireland. 

This is a fixed-term contract (FTC) for 1 year, working 30 hours per week where you will take a lead on supporting new families within our Touching Lives - Transforming Families service.

At present this role is home based, but will be in our Trust based offices (South-Eastern Health and Social Care office)

Touching Lives - Transforming Families is an innovative project designed to support children (0-12) and families affected by a dual sensory loss or sensory impairment and additional needs. 

We provide a unique family support to sensory impaired children 0-12 and their families to provide home and community support. We work in close partnership with sensory teams in each Health and Social Care Trusts.

We provide 1-1 support in the home, arrange workshops, events and specific training for parents/ carers and the professionals who support the child. The family support worker will lead in the support of newcomer families. 


We’re looking for enthusiastic applicants who have:

  • Positive can-do attitude.
  • Caring and empathetic.
  • Passionate about enhancing other people’s lives.
  • A level 3 qualification relevant to the role or recent proven experience of working with disabled children and their families. 
  • An Early Years qualification e.g. Diploma in Childcare & Education, NNEB or experience of working with Sensory impaired children is desirable.
  • A Full Drivers Licence is essential for this role


Here at Sense we support people with complex disabilities to live the life they choose. Your priority will be empowering the people you support to live an independent life.

No two days will be the same


This role in Belfast might include:

  • Organisation and facilitation of a range of events
  • Raise awareness of the Project with families, professionals and a range of statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations
  • Support to children aged 0-12 and their families, in their own homes and in a range of community based setting



Everyone we support in Belfast is an individual, so their care is as unique as they are. You can see a more detailed description of duties in the job description attached at the bottom of this advert.


Why work for Sense?

Sense is a national disability charity supporting everyone who is deafblind or has complex disabilities. We believe everyone should be able to take part in life, no matter their disability.

Our work empowers thousands of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities to communicate, experience the world and fulfill their potential.

Work at Sense can be demanding and so isn’t for everyone, but it is also incredibly rewarding and valuable. Take a look at the video below to see why we do what we do.


  • 24 days of annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • Matched pension contributions up to 5%.
  • Free life assurance policy.
  • Cashback and discounts on high street brands (and 10% off at Sense charity shops!).
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Travel season ticket loans.
  • Enhanced sick pay.
  • Free Access NI 
  • A £350 refer-a-friend scheme.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Free access to over 100 online and face-to-face training courses, including the care certificate.
  • Ongoing development opportunities (such as our award winning Growing Stronger Leaders Together programme).

Ready to make a difference?


To apply

Make sure you read our candidate guidelines and job description before applying. Managers will check your supporting statement for evidence that you meet the person specification when they decide who to shortlist for an interview.

We recommend applying as soon as possible. We reserve the right to close posts at any time.

No agency submissions please.

If you need further help, please contact the Sense recruitment team on 0121 415 6735 or

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. All job offers are subject to Access NI check.

For this role we particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds and candidates with disabilities. Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. Everyone's contribution is valued and we ensure they're given the opportunity to realise their potential. We welcome applications from talented people from all sections of the community who share our values and belief that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. For more information please visit:  

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Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Additional documentation: Download the additional documentation

Related links

Who Sense supports

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Sense's People Strategy

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