Engagement & Activity Practitioner

Salary: £25,989 per annum + £750 Homeworking Allowance per annum

Hours - 35 Hours per week 

Contract:- Permanent Role 

Location: Based at home in East & Central Scotland with travel required to support children and young people in foster families in Falkirk, Edinburgh, Fife, Dundee, Angus, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian, Clackmannanshire, Scottish Borders, Perth and Kinross. There is an expectation that the post holder will travel to undertake face-to-face work with children and young people in East and Central Scotland. After school, evening and some weekend work will be needed based on the needs of the children and young people in the service. 

Overall Duties of the Engagement Activity Practitioner will include:

  • Being an accessible point of contact for the children living with our carers and to our young people, keeping them up to date with the facilities and opportunities available with TACT
  • Supporting interventions and activities to ensure stable placement arrangements
  • Being able to transport children and young people to events, appointments and meetings (mileage reimbursed)
  • Organising and participating in virtual and face-to-face events and occasional residential meet-ups
  • Managing all paperwork associated with events and activities
  • Willingness to work flexibly, according to deadlines and needs of our families
  • Undertaking trauma-informed direct work with children and young people 

The successful candidate will be required to attend regular face-to-face meetings at least once per month in Scotland and attend other face-to-face meetings such as training and team wellbeing events as well as meeting with children and young people in person. 

As a ‘not for profit’ organisation, TACT puts the needs of our children and carers first and looks to appoint individuals who are as passionate about fostering as we are. We are a homeworking organisation, and we pride ourselves on our flexible working opportunities, available from day one, an extensive wellbeing programme and our benefits package, all curated to nurture a healthy work life balance for all our employees so they can give an excellent service to our carers and the young people and children we care for.

As a foster care charity, TACT invests all surplus income into services, staff, carers, and child development. This means that we have been able to invest in unique projects like TACT Connect, our unique and ground-breaking scheme for TACT care experienced young people and adults,  as well as our expanding TACT Education Service and our new Health Service. All our activities are built on our commitment to becoming a fully trauma-informed organisation, in line with our key values and ethos.

TACT achieved 16th place in the UK Best Companies Work For survey results in 2023, with 91% of employees acknowledging that the organisation is run on strong values and principles and 94% stating they feel proud to work for this organisation.  

If you want to be valued as a professional, be appreciated at work and contribute to better outcomes for the children and young people connected with TACT, apply now.  

TACT offer an excellent employee benefits package including:

  • 31 days paid holiday plus bank holidays.
  • Flexible working arrangements (including compressed hours, flexibility around core hours, volunteer days policy).
  • Family friendly policies.
  • Homeworking ‘bundle’ including annual allowance, IT equipment and a loan for home office set up.
  • Perkbox – retail discount scheme. 
  • Stakeholder pension scheme (salary sacrifice).
  • Fantastic learning and development opportunities.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (including CBT counselling, remote GP appointments, physiotherapy, mental health support and second opinions).
  • TACT is a home based workforce. We recognise the benefits that flexible home working creates for both the employer and the employee.

As a remote working organisation, we are committed to working with our staff to enable consistent inclusion and engagement across the organisation to ensure the optimum standards of service for our carers and children.

A Disclosure Scotland clearance is required for this role and will be processed by TACT on your behalf.

Please see the Job Information Pack, Job Description and TACT website at tactcare.org.uk for more detailed information.

Closing Date: Friday, 12th April 2024

Interview Date: Monday, 29th April 2024 (via teams)

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and TACT believes that only the people with the right skills and values should work in social work.  As part of TACT’s commitment to safeguarding, we properly examine the skills, experience, qualifications, and values of potential staff in relation to our work with vulnerable young children.  We use rigorous and consistent recruitment approaches to help safeguard TACT’s young people.  All our staff are expected to work in line with TACT’s safeguarding policies.

We reserve the right to close a vacancy earlier than advertised if the volume of applications is excessive, you are therefore advised to apply at your earliest convenience. 

TACT does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies, nor the fees associated with them.