Play Leader (17502)

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Barnardo's Child and Family Support Service Dundee
  • Closing 26th February 2024

  • Advertised from 23rd January 2024
  • Contract type: As & When Hours :0


Barnardo's Child & Family Support Service Dundee is looking for flexible and enthusiastic people to join our team providing as and when support in assistant project worker, play leader and personal assistant roles. These roles involve supporting children, young people and families in the Dundee locality who may have a disability, additional support need and/or impacted by adverse childhood experiences.

You will experience job satisfaction and play a significant part in making a difference in the lives of the children, young people and their families. You will support them to build self-esteem and provide opportunities for them to socialise with their peers and engage in their local communities. This support also provides much needed respite for parents/carers to have time away from their caring roles.

We use a whole family, relationship-based approach to build trust with the children/young people and their families to develop their resilience and wellbeing and to feel included and supported within their communities.

A flexible approach is essential to providing support when children/young people and families need it which includes:

  • Group work during school holiday periods and during term time.
  • After school, evening and weekend support
  • Weekly, twice weekly or fortnightly basis, dependent on the individual need of the child/young person.
  • Building confidence, providing opportunities to engage in the local community, being a listening ear, promoting positive family dynamics and promoting health and wellbeing.

Skills, qualities and experience

*Effective communication

Evidence a creative and fun approach


Able to work autonomously and as part of a team.

Able to use initiative

Caring and patient

Willingness to learn


A willingness to undertake personal care

Experience working with children/young people who have disabilities/additional support needs.

If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you!

It is desirable that the successful candidate holds a full driving licence and has access to a car.

The successful applicant will require to be registered with SSSC.

Supervision of assistant as and when/volunteers will be required, as appropriate.

At Barnardo's we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. Our safer recruitment processes mean that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount at every stage of the process and therefore, we adopt rigorous scrutiny in our pre-employment checking. This post is subject to a range of pre-employment checks including a Criminal Records Enhanced Disclosure for the successful candidate.

About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.

Barnardo's is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce for staff and volunteers. We actively encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within Barnardo's.

Our basis and values

Application notes

To find out more and apply please visit our website

Closing Date: 26 February 2024

Interview Date: TBC