The Family Support Worker provides in home parent education and hands on parenting support to families experiencing a variety of problems. A Family Support Workers are required to fill 40 hours per week with a flexible hours schedule. Evening and weekend work is required at times as this is the time when families with children are together and often the most stressful time for families.
Families are referred by Children's Services or from the community to the Family Support program. The primary concern of the Family Support Worker is functioning of the family. Parent's in these families might be experiencing difficulties, including the abuse of drugs or alcohol, mental illness, financial or marital difficulties or simply the fact that they have not themselves experienced good parenting when they were children and so do not know how to do it.
The successful applicant must possess:
- Diploma in Social Work, Rehabilitation, Child and Youth Care, Early Childhood, or related Social Sciences or Human Services degree or equivalent
- Submit a Criminal Record and CYIM check
- Valid Alberta Driver’s Licence, reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance, and clean driver’s abstract
- Valid First Aid
- Suicide Intervention and Prevention Training
Required Skill and Abilities:
- Highly motivated, and able to work independently
- Adaptability and flexibility
- Knowledge of child development, positive discipline strategies and family dynamics.
- Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with support networks, outside agencies and community resources
- Good writing skills
- Knowledge of aboriginal culture is an asset
- Ability to work with youth who need intervention and are at risk of suicide or harming themselves, or youth living a lifestyle that is considered high risk ( i.e. prostitution, drugs, etc)