Specialist Family Worker

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) are passionate about supporting individuals to reduce their substance use and live happier, healthier lives. We support people with multiple disadvantages, including substance misuse & mental health, as well as those who find themselves in the criminal justice system. Our services enable the people we support to improve their health, wellbeing and employability. As a subsidiary of Humankind since 2020, we are pleased to confirm that from July 2023, EDP & Humankind will be fully merging to enable the people we support to benefit from a wider range of support and services. 

About the role 

We currently have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our Dorset substance misuse service as a Specialist Family Worker.  

As a Specialist Family Worker, your focus will be on supporting families through a variety of bespoke interventions whilst assertively engaging the ‘whole family’ in a wide range of specialist and holistic community support and activities.  

Your responsibilities will be very varied, but will include: 

  • Managing a caseload of our service users and their families, providing regular support and offering a range of interventions 
  • You’ll contribute to a reduction in risk to children via early identification and assertive case management  
  • Provide specialist training, advice and information to children and family workers to support identification and best practice when working with substance misusing parents.  

This role can be challenging but is also incredibly rewarding.   

You will be required to travel to meet with families and provide support, as well as working from our East Dorset hub in Wimborne.  

About you 

Most importantly, you will be someone with a positive recovery-focused attitude and a genuine interest in understanding substance misuse problems. 

You’ll be keen to develop professionally and thrive working autonomously in a range of environments. 

In addition, you will also have: 

  • Experience in a similar field, including working with families/carers and taking a holistic approach to recovery. 
  • You’ll be comfortable dealing with the emotional content of sessions and constructively challenging the behaviours you see. 
  • Some knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and domestic violence would be advantageous.   
  • Excellent communication, organisation and time management skills and will be confident in managing your own priorities  
  • A qualification in a relevant area such as Nursing, Health and Social Care, Community Development or Psychology, whilst not essential, would be an advantage. 
  • Full Driving Licence or ability to travel across East Dorset & surrounding areas 

Check out the Specialist Family Worker full job description and person specification.

What can Humankind offer you? 

🏖️ Generous annual leave entitlement (27 days, plus bank holidays, increasing to 32 after 1 years’ service) 

📅 Annual leave purchase scheme 

💰 Enhanced occupational sick pay 

 % Enhanced employer contribution to your workplace pension 

👪 Death in service benefit 

✍️ Free Will writing 

👓 Eyecare vouchers 

🛍️ Blue light card discount 

💡 Fantastic learning and development opportunities, including free training courses 

🏠 Work-life balance- flexible working and family-friendly policies 

🏃‍♀️ Happy, Healthy You! – our wellbeing offers for our workforce 

🤝 Employee Assist Programme and Humankind Support Networks


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Wimborne, East Dorset

Part Time, 22.2 hours per week (opportunity for additional hours up to 37 hours per week) 

Salary: £21,929 – £25,701 per annum per annum, pro rata (£13,157.40 – £15,420.60)


Midday on Wednesday 5th July 2023

How do I apply?

To apply, please click Apply Now to download an application form and send these through to people.recruitment@humankindcharity.org.uk  by the closing date of midday on Wednesday 5th July

Please note that CV’s can be submitted to support an application but may not be accepted without a completed application form. 

Interviews will be held W/C 10th July 2023

Please ensure that you quote reference number 26.23 when applying. 

EDP / Humankind is an equal-opportunity employer. 

If you feel that you would fit with our values & ethos, are passionate about supporting people, but maybe don’t feel you have the experience required, talk to us about your transferrable skills. For the right people, we can provide development to help you to realise your potential. 

We welcome applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, disability, or age.  

EDP / Humankind are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  Candidates are subject to additional checks including DBS (to the appropriate level) and prison vetting – details will be specified as part of the vacancy details. Outcomes of these additional checks will be considered before any offer/appointment is confirmed. 

If you have any questions, please email people.recruitment@humankindcharity.org.uk