What is a Family Support Worker?

Family Support Worker Job Description

Family support workers work directly with children in need and their families in order to promote, strengthen and develop the potential of parents and children within a family context. The family support worker provides intensive services to families in crisis, as well as planned interventions.


Family Support workers will work in a variety of settings, family and foster homes. They will plan and participate in programs of work with parents and children, both individually and in-groups



Typical Job Duties

• Take part in any standby arrangements

• Liaise with colleagues in Children’s Services, Adult Services and any other related agencies

• Develop network of community resources

• Work closely with commissioning Children and Families Social Workers as part of agreed plans for children

• Assess and promote children’s development

• Assess and promote parenting skills

• Keep written records and produce case reports



Scholarships for Becoming a Family Support Worker

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Family Support Worker. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Family Support Worker. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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