About The Role

We are seeking a Family Support Worker (for children with social and communication difficulties) within Southend-on-Sea. 

Do you have the passion and commitment to make a difference to a family’s life?

This is an exciting opportunity to join an experienced team providing guidance and support to families/carers for children aged 0-3 with social and communication difficulties, across the 'A Better Start Southend' wards.  

The Early Years Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. An educational charity, the Alliance represents the interests of over 14,000 member settings who deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.


  • 25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays, pro rata for part time employees
  • Additional annual leave for long service
  • Enhanced sickness pay
  • Employer and employee contribution pension scheme
  • Regular access to internal and external learning and development opportunities
  • The Alliance operates a Team Recognition Scheme to recognise the outstanding work of the staff across the Charity
  • Can save up to 25% on 02 Refresh Airtime Plan if getting a new phone or tablet on 02
  • Recruitment Referral Payment Scheme - an introduction payment of up to £100

Main Duties

  • To promote positive co-operation between parents/carers and other relevant agencies including health and voluntary agencies.
  • To build-up the self-esteem of the families by offering understanding, knowledge, useful tips and strategies for managing behaviour. 
  • To work alongside and develop relationships with agencies to establish a service that meets the needs of families in ABSS wards in Southend-on-Sea. 
  • To contribute to service design and support parents to give service user feedback to inform service delivery. 

Essential criteria:

  • Detailed knowledge of the autism spectrum and children with additional needs. Knowledge of how individual needs can be supported. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both orally and in writing. 
  • First-hand experience of caring for a child with autism/autistic traits and tendencies. 
  • Driving license and access to a car. 

A comprehensive induction and support package will be provided to the successful candidate.

Mileage from an agreed base is paid at 35p per mile.

This is a fixed term post until March 2023. 

Hours per week: 10

Weeks per year:  52

Virtual interview date: Wednesday 15 December 2021

About The Service
The Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the prescribed policy and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding across the whole organisation. 
The charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and equal opportunities in employment.