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Parent – Infant Practitioner

  • Full time
  • £31,883
  • On site: Willowbrae Road, Willowbrae, Edinburgh
  • Closing 14th June 2024

  • Advertised from 28th May 2024
  • 35 hours per week worked flexibly across the week. 2 ‘core’ days will be working within Cauvin House for mums and babies and the remainder will be worked flexibly across our Wellbeing Hub and in the community.


Come join our team as our Parent-Infant Practitioner where you will work closely with City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian colleagues as part of our new Parent-Infant Partnership. This exciting new project, supported by the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund, will provide intensive support to the most vulnerable young parents, babies and families in Edinburgh to keep them safe, together and thriving.

To Keep The Promise we need to change how we support new, young parents. Help needs to be frequent (often multiple times a week), flexible (at times that really matter) and informed (with evidence-based approaches).

The Parent-Infant Practitioner will work with expectant mums, babies and families:

  • In the community/home to ensure they can live safely together at home and prevent the removal of babies.
  • In our unique House for mums and babies where parents can learn and develop the rhythms and routines required for secure and reciprocal parenting.
  • In our Wellbeing Hub where parents and families can take part in groups, drop-ins and advice sessions.
  • To ensure their voices are included in the work of the project via participation and engagement approaches.

We are looking for an experienced individual who is passionate about working with parents, infants and families who is:

  • Experienced and skilled in delivering direct work with parents, babies and families, on a one to one and group basis.
  • Skilled in assessment, planning, co-ordinating and reviewing direct work.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in understanding child development, attachment and trauma-informed practices.
  • Experienced and confident in gaining the views of those we support, measuring impact and reporting on work.
  • Committed to promoting “Voice of the infant” to facilitate infant participation.
  • Able to build strong, trusting and honest relationships with young people and families.
  • Positive, thoughtful, and rights focused.
  • Willing to work flexibly across a week including evenings and weekends.

Successful candidates will be provided with further key training in parent-infant observation and assessment, reflective and case consultation support. We are committed to the development of all our staff and the successful applicants will have access to:

  • Regular support and supervision
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Training and learning opportunities
  • Discounted access to our holiday caravan
  • Our Employee Assistance Scheme

If you are someone who can make a difference for young people and has relevant experience with social work, early years or other relevant experiences then we want to hear from you.

Application notes

The successful applicant will be required to register with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). The minimum educational requirement for this post is SCQF Level 9.

To apply please visit our website and download the application forms. Completed forms should be sent to by 9.00am 14th June 2024.

If you would like to discuss this role and the working patterns, please feel free to contact our House and Community Service Manager –