Parental Substance Misuse Worker

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
24/01/2021 23:59
£34,728 - £37,890
Hours per week:
37 Hours
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
The Civic Centre
Post Number:
Closing date:
24 Jan
Further Information


2-year fixed term contract DFE funding to start 1ST APRIL 2021.

We are seeking a Parental Substance Misuse Worker to join our new Family Drug & Alcohol Court team (FDAC).

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) is a national therapeutic problem-solving court model, which offers an alternative to standard care proceedings. FDACs provide an innovative restorative approach which aims to improve outcomes for families by supporting parents to overcome their substance misuse, mental health concerns and domestic abuse, which put their children at risk. The FDAC team partners with the family court to provide an accessible, community-based assessment and intervention service for families with complex needs.

The specialist multi-disciplinary FDAC team includes social workers, a clinical psychologist, substance misuse and mental health workers to provide intensive support, built around the family; designed to enable and empower parents to overcome their difficulties. Please see
for more detailed information.

Your role will be to provide substance misuse expertise to the multidisciplinary assessment of families and parents referred to the service. Rapid initial and ongoing assessment of parents; their willingness and capacity to engage in therapeutic work and work with existing treatment providers to address their substance use, and develop parenting skills and capacity to live a more child centric life and ensure the safety of their children.

The post holder will contribute to the multidisciplinary formulation and implementation of an intervention plan and work with team members to mobilise and co-ordinate existing local authority & independent sector resources to meet the needs of the care plan.

Your role will require you to undertake comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessments, plan programmes to meet the needs of service users, undertake direct work with parents and children, and deliver evidenced based interventions. You will also be required to provide regular reports to Court, be a regular attendee at the Court and support your allocated families through the FDAC proceedings at the assigned family proceedings court.

Driving licence and access to own car is preferred but not essential for this role.

The Ideal Candidate

Having handled a significant caseload in a busy environment as a Recovery Worker or similar, you'll have a deep understanding of substance misuse and the Recovery Agenda. It's an extremely varied role, so flexibility, knowledge of relapse and other barriers to recovery will be vital, alongside proven safeguarding children experience. You will have a sound knowledge of children and families legislation including the Children Act and Working Together. It is essential you have experience of delivering focussed interventions for families experiencing substance misuse difficulties. This should include a sound knowledge of using motivational interviewing techniques, cognitive behavioural therapy and other evidenced based approaches. Experience in delivering trauma informed interventions and trauma focused therapy is also essential.

We are looking for workers with excellent communication skills and nationally recognised qualifications.

For further details please contact Dominic Wilson FDAC Team Manager – DominicWilson@Gateshead.gov.uk or Jackie Ingram Service Manager Children’s Safeguarding Unit – JackieIngram@Gateshead.gov.uk

Application form and job description are attached. Closing date 24th January 2021.

Please note Team training dates are arranged for 24-26th March 2021