Children, Young People and Families Link Worker

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Full time
Application deadline: 
Monday, 22 August, 2022 - 12:00
Fixed Salary
Per Annum


EDBERTS HOUSE are recruiting for:



Job Title:                                Children, Young People and Families Link Worker


Responsible to:                     Operational Lead: Children, YP & Families Link Work


Hours:                                    37 hours per week x 2 posts

Flexibility for evening and weekend work essential

                                                2-years fixed term contract until 31.03.24


Salary:                                    £25,500


Benefits:                                 25 days holiday per year, plus statutory holidays –

pro rata if less than 37 hours


Location:                                East Gateshead


Organisation Context:


Edberts House is a well-established and thriving charity based within Gateshead. We aim to build happier, healthier, and friendlier communities.  We do this through connecting people to one another, to good support and to decision makers, to influence and change the balance of power.


There are currently two main strands to our work – our Community Linking Project (Social Prescribing) and our Community Development & Engagement Team (CDE).  CDE Team currently manages:

  • 4 community houses - Edberts, Larkspur, Pattinson and Highfield Houses
  • an innovative inter-agency project in Beacon Lough East
  • Covid Community Workers Project
  • Childrens, Young People and Families Life Team


Our CYP&F Life Team will be based in the East of Gateshead, however as part of the Edberts staff team the post-holder may be required to undertake some duties at other projects managed by Edberts House. The post-holder will report to the Operational Lead: Children, YP & Families Link Work, who oversees all Life Work activity undertaken by Edberts House staff.


In the current context the post holder must be able to work from home for some of the time as well as be willing to work within family homes and across Edberts House buildings and GP practices. There will be safety protocols in place and PPE provided, whilst these are necessary due to Covid 19.  The post holder must also be willing to complete the Thrive Licensed Childhood Practitioner course – attendance of all training days is compulsory and will require study out of work hours.


This role will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.




Job Purpose:


To work as part of a team, alongside the Operational Lead: Children, YP & Families Link Work and other partners to actively listen to the needs of families, find out what matters to them and provide practical hands-on support, helping to shape and influence local service provision.


Duties & Responsibilities:


  • To ensure the ethos and values of Edberts House is integral to working practice.


  • To complete the Thrive Licensed Childhood Practitioner course – attendance of all training days and completion of the course is compulsory.


  • To complete NHS Bluestream Link Worker training.


  • To offer emotional and practical support to pregnant women, parents and young families in the community. This will include supporting a caseload and helping to plan and create responses to the needs of families. Also, providing hands on practical support to families – for example, supporting before school and bedtime routines.


  • To continue to pilot the Thrive approach in a community setting offering a whole family approach


  • To build a trusting relationship with the parents / carers and young people to help alleviate social isolation and increase capacity.


  • To communicate with partners and support agencies in the best interest of the child and family.


  • To support the delivery and implementation of family activities within Edberts House buildings. This will include organisation, promotion and delivery of trips, one-off events and activities for families, children and adults. 


  • To participate in pro-actively developing partnerships with all agencies in the area to offer appropriate, accessible services for the families.


  • To signpost families, and make referrals to a range of services, supporting the family to access suitable services using a ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ approach.


  • To understand safeguarding issues and escalation processes within Edberts House, and GP practices to promote the welfare of children and adults at risk.


  • To participate in pro-actively monitoring and evaluating services provided – this will include active participation in any associated research projects


  • Maintain accurate records of all work undertaken, the impact of the work and the footfall of the project, contributing to regular reports for Managers, Residents Groups, Open Forums, Chief Executive and Trustees. This will include ensuring accurate data is entered into Charity Log and Emis.


  • To maintain accurate financial records to help manage petty cash, company card, income etc.


  • To support the day-to-day running of any Edberts House community premises.


  • Any other reasonable duties as required by the Operational Lead: Children, YP & Families Link Work.





For an application pack and job description for the above vacancy

please e-mail:


To find out more about Edberts House and this opportunity please email

Deb Pardos Head of Health Equity

or Ed Greenfield CFLW Lead


Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd August 2022 at 12noon

Interviews are scheduled for w/c 29th August 2022