REACH Team Family Practitioner (Ref.3443)

  • Multiple Locations
  • Multiple Terms
  • £24,432 - £27,514 per annum, pro rata (pending the 2022/23 pay award)

2 Positions Available

Fixed Term Until March 2024, Mid and East Devon (Tiverton), Full Time 37 hours per week.

Permanent, Part Time 29.6 hours per week, South Devon (Estuary House)


Are you an experienced practitioner who is looking for a new challenge, are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people?  Then we would love to hear from you!

Devon Children’s Services have made it a priority to protect children and young people who go missing from home or care and those who are vulnerable to Child Exploitation. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic person, to join Devon County Council’s specialist REACH Team (Reducing Exploitation and Absence From Care or Home), which supports young people who go missing or who may be at risk of Child Exploitation.

We currently have a full-time, fixed-term vacancy, for a REACH Family Practitioner based in Tiverton who will be covering Mid and East Devon -  there will be occasions where the post holder will also covers other parts of the county.

We currently have a part-time (4 days per week) permanent vacancy, for a REACH Family Practitioner based in Newton Abbot who will be covering South Devon locality -  there will be occasions where the post holder will also covers other parts of the county.

If you are interested in working for an organisation that seeks to improve the outcomes of Children, Young people and families we would be delighted to hear from you.


About You

We are looking for an outstanding REACH Family Practitioner who has a strong understanding of safeguarding and contextual safeguarding,  you will possess a wide range of skills and knowledge and will be-

  • Required to help fulfil the Local Authority’s statutory responsibility to offer Return Home Conversations to young people who have been reported missing.
  • Able to develop an understanding of the issues affecting young people and the reasons why they go missing.
  • You will provide direct support to young people and their families in order to reduce the risk of future missing episodes. For example, this may include working on a one-to-one basis with family members around negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • You will have experience of working directly with young people, adolescents and families and will have an understanding of young people who are at risk of forms of exploitation.
  • You will be emotionally resilient with the confidence to work under pressure and will have a proven ability to develop trusting relationships with young people and their families, whilst being able to maintain professional boundaries.
  • You will be an adaptive and innovative practitioner and will be required to undertake direct support sessions with young people from a range of backgrounds, who may present challenging behaviour or reluctant to accept support, it is essential therefore that you remain persistent, enthusiastic and creative in your approach.
  • You will be confident at developing and maintaining relationships with professionals from a range of agencies including the Police, education and health and will possess solid experience of multi-agency working.
  • You will have a proven track record of managing your time effectively, maintaining accurate records and preferably have experience of lone working arrangements.
  • You will possess excellent communication, engagement and risk assessment skills and will be able to develop meaningful plans for intervention which keep children and young people safe from harm.
  • You will have an excellent understanding of Devon County Council’s safeguarding procedures and your responsibilities when working with vulnerable young people and their families. 
  • You will possess a good understanding of Contextual Safeguarding and knowledge of the protection of children and young people who are exposed to risk within the community.
  • You will have the ability to work with groups of young people and be confident to deliver preventative interventions within a range of settings for example schools.
  • You will hold a valid driving licence, have access to a vehicle and be able to travel to a range of locations as required.


If you would like to find out more about either of the positions and have any questions please contact either  Nick Meller (REACH Team Mgr)  07971 953 220 or Heather Neale (REACH Deputy Mgr) 07866 793 659 


  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 
  • DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon. 
  • The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc. More information can be found on our Equality and Diversity webpages
  • This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English. 
  • Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice
  • Happy to Talk Flexible Working
  • For more information about Working for Devon please visit our Working for Devon page
  • This role requires an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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Job Details

  • OrganisationDevon County Council
  • Work LocationEast DevonSouth WestMid DevonDevon
  • Work Postcode

    TQ12 4PH and EX16 6TG

  • Reference


  • Occupational GroupSocial Care & Health

  • Salary Details

    £24,432 - £27,514 per annum, pro rata (pending the 2022/23 pay award)

  • Job TermPermanent
  • Appointment TypeFull TimePart Time
  • Hours

    Fixed Term 37 hours per week, Permanent 29.6 hours per week

  • Closing Date


  • DBS Check Required