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Housing Support Practitioner (12142)

  • Full time
  • £25,600
  • On site: East Lothian wide
  • Closing 12th June 2024

  • Advertised from 29th May 2024
  • 37 hours per week (4 week rolling rota including; days, evenings and some weekends.) Permanent.


Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

Our East Lothian New Horizons Service offers residential housing support to young people aged 16-25 years who are referred to us and are either declared homeless or threatened with homelessness. Our service aims to empower young individuals, helping them prepare for more independent living. We work closely with residents on various essential life skills, including budgeting, food preparation, safe storage, household chores, practical skills, managing neighborhood relations, and resolving disputes. Additionally, we facilitate access to specialist services and focus on employability.

We are currently seeking a Housing Support Practitioner who can engage with young people. As part of our team, you'll provide structured and focused housing support, enabling these individuals to gain crucial life skills. Whether through one-on-one sessions or small group work, our goal is to help them live more independently and sustain their accommodation within the community.

You'll join a committed and dedicated team who together help build a foundation for a brighter and more secure future for the young people we work with.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities for the Housing Support Practitioner role are;

  • Building working relationships with multi-agency partners from the statutory and voluntary sectors to deliver the best outcomes for young people, including ELC Housing Department, benefits agencies, specialist health services, employment and training providers.
  • Supporting young people to engage with local agencies and organisations which assists them to sustain their accommodation and place within the community e.g. accessing leisure activities, GP and health services.
  • Ensuring that the Service complies with all Action for Children and East Lothian Council Standards and Procedures and with regard to case file recording / paperwork, incident and accident reporting, safeguarding and health and safety. Practitioners will use Action for Children E-systems to identify needs, interventions and the Outcome Star to measure and record outcomes.

Let's talk about you

  • SVQ3 or equivalent or a desire to work towards this in the first year of employment, to enable registration to the SSSC as a worker in Housing Support.
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency social care, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures or a knowledge of these through personal experience or circumstances.
  • Ability to follow procedures and complete assessments, develop plans and review plans to ensure positive outcomes.
  • A knowledge of an outcome based approach to planning, delivering and reviewing services.
  • Producing concise and accurate reports to agreed standards, formats and timelines, which may be used ultimately for formal reviews.


  • A generous annual leave entitlement of 29 days PLUS bank holidays
  • Up to 5 more days leave for continuous service plus the option to buy and sell leave.
  • Gain professional qualifications with excellent training, and development opportunities.
  • Flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages.
  • A pension with a up to a 7% employer contribution rate. Plus, if you pay in to the pension you will receive life assurance cover.
  • Staff discount portal with your favourite brands.
  • Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 discounts from national retailers.
  • Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Application notes

For further information and to apply, please visit our website.

Closing Date: 12 June 2024