Children's Centre Family Support – Breastfeeding Peer Supporter


Name: Children's Centre Family Support – Breastfeeding Peer Supporter
Organisation: Barnardo's
Location: Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex, IG6 1QG


Support parents with children/young people to access services and support. Providing feeding support to new mothers.
To assist with the organisation, running and evaluation of Latch on Groups in the area.

To make new mothers welcome at groups.
To offer support and advice re breastfeeding to women attending groups i.e. antenatal or postnatal
To offer support and advice on an individual basis as agreed (e.g. home visits, telephone contacts, etc.)
To liaise with local midwives and health visitors and refer breastfeeding women to them as appropriate
To undertake appropriate training/supervision
To report any child protection concerns to project worker or children’s services manager

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Organisation Description

As one of the UK's leading children's charities, Barnardo's works directly with over 100,000 children, young people and their families every year. We run 415 vital projects across the UK, including counseling for children, who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training and disability inclusion groups. Every Barnardo's project is different but each believes in the potential of every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.

*Projects that work with children, young people and former Barnardo's children.
*Adoption and Fostering.
*Campaigning and Lobbying.
*Research and Influencing practice.


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Families
  • Health and Hospital and Hospices
  • Mental Health
  • Mentoring
  • Women's Groups

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Caring
  • General and Helping
  • Mentoring

Skills and Qualifications


Friendly and enthusiastic
Experience of breastfeeding
Experience with children
Ability to support others in a non-judgemental way


Interviews and recruitment process
Induction and service training
Safeguarding & Child Protection training
Regular supervision, peer supervision and on-going service support
Relevant on-going training
Improved CV and opportunity to develop additional experience, career and personal development skills
Access to internal vacancy list
Access to accredited courses

Gain skills and experience through:
Safeguarding and protecting children training.
Basic equality and diversity training
Knowledge of children’s services and how they are run
Experience of engaging and supporting children and young people
Increased inter-personal skills

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Expenses offered
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Induction and training programme
Insurance Cover: Insurance in place
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: Induction and training programme
Other: Regular support and supervision

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Information Day, Trial Period, Other, DBS Check, Interview