Children's Centre Children's Activity Support Worker- Dad's Group


Name: Children's Centre Children's Activity Support Worker- Dad's Group
Organisation: Barnardo's
Location: Barnardo's, The Barn, Kit Hill Crescent, Barne Barton, Plymouth, PL5 1EJ


Plymouth Children's Centre's in partnership with Dangerous Dad's (CIC) will be running a local Dangerous Dad's Activity Group.
We are looking for postive male role models to support facilication of a Dangerous Dads' Group, building supportive working relationships with Dads attending, encouraging positive interaction, creative play and activities, supporting with appropriate fun measured risks.
This role would be working alongside the leader of the group with the aim of taking on this role after the first year and further training other volunteers to help support the group.

Initially working alongside the Dangerous Dads facilitator, being mentored by them to learn how to run the group alone or as part of a team after the first year.
Setting up a safe environment for dads and children to engage in activities, fun sessions and issue based group work. Over the first year the volunteer(s) will be supported to enable them to run the groups.
Weekly Planning and facilitating of Parent and child stay and play group activities/sessions
Providing occasional advice and guidance, inc parenting, budgeting, financial planning?
Evaluation of weekly groups
Set up, maintain and pack away resources

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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
  • Disability
  • Families
  • Human and Civil Rights
  • Mental Health
  • Mentoring

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Community Work
  • Entertainment
  • General and Helping
  • Mentoring
  • Music

Skills and Qualifications


Reliable, trustworthy
• An interest in the welfare of Children/Young People
• A non-judgemental attitude to people from different backgrounds and experiences
• Experience with Children and Young People Desirable
• Good communication skills & ability to relate to Children & parents
• Ability to work alone and follow guidelines to keep Children/Young People safe
• A willingness to work within Barnardo’s policies, procedures and professional boundaries.
• Foreign Language and Disability skills are increasingly required Experience of being with children
• Practical skills
• Creative skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Positive, adaptable engagement attitude to children and parents


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: 18
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, Other, DBS Check, Interview