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FASD Family and Communities Advisor, Hybrid model of working between home and Edinburgh office, £19,143.00

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FASD Family and Communities Advisor


FASD Service Manager


24 hours per week, part time (evening and weekend work will be required)


Hybrid model of working between home and Edinburgh office







£27,917 fte  (£19,143 for 24 hrs), grade 4.1




·        FASD Services Manager

·        FASD Lead Advisor

·        FASD Hub team members

·        FASD Hub volunteers

·       FASD Professionals, Social Workers, Education, Researchers, Partner Organisations, Wider Adoption UK Team



To work alongside the FASD Services Manager, FASD Lead Advisor and FASD Advisors in the delivery of the FASD Hub services including developing/delivering FASD training; providing direct support to families, providing line management supervision to volunteers and taking a lead role in facilitating community support services including peer support groups, Advice Line and the establishment of community support groups




·       The post holder will take a lead role and play an active part in the service’s peer support activities including online peer support groups/forums, virtual community groups and the establishment of a network of local community support groups.

·       Lead delivery of FASD training workshops, seminars, webinars, events, commissioned training, and bespoke sessions for parents/carers, professionals, and stakeholders. The delivery of training may be online or in person and may require travel throughout Scotland.

·       Responsible for supporting FASD Hub service users through direct one-to-one support to parents/carers.

·       Provide support and supervision to FASD Hub volunteers.

·       The post holder will take a significant role in the design and development of training materials and resources, including updating and refreshing in line with new FASD developments and research which impact upon the FASD community.

·       Support the wider work of Adoption UK to deliver training on FASD to members, staff, and stakeholders, for example as part of Kinship Care Week, Adoption Week Scotland, The Promise etc.  On occasions these maybe outside Scotland.

·       Provide support and guidance to the FASD Helpline Advisor and follow up targeted enhanced advice in response to helpline enquires. 

·       Provide cover and answer incoming enquiries to the FASD Hub Helpline, (telephone, email, and online platforms), along with occasionally providing cover to other Adoption UK Helpline services. 

·       Working alongside other team members, the post holder will have input into the development, designing and planning of content for FASD Hub social media accounts, to ensure content is factually correct and the messaging reflects that of the FASD Hub service and FASD community. 

·       Attend relevant national meetings, conferences, training events, networking, and development opportunities to promote the FASD Hub services and/or delivering FASD training.

·       Support the FASD Services Manager and FASD Lead Advisor with delivery of the project and collaboratively work with all FASD Hub colleagues to ensure the success and growth of the project, and where required cover for other team member absence.




Knowledge and Experience

        Lived, or professional, experience of caring for, being, or supporting, an individual with FASD or a history of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure  ( desirable)

        An understanding and knowledge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) or other neurodevelopmental conditions with a willingness to develop personal knowledge of FASD. (essential)

        Knowledge and understanding of the FASD diagnostic pathway within Scotland (desirable)

        Knowledge and understanding of the needs and issues affecting different family types who are parenting individuals with FASD/Prenatal alcohol exposure or other neurodevelopmental conditions (essential)

        Experience of developing and delivering training virtually and in person (essential)

        Experience of working with a case load of clients, providing one-to-one information and support to vulnerable groups ( desirable)

        Background in any of the following areas: health, social work, education, research, third sector would be an advantage

       Experience of working within a remote team an advantage.


Qualifications and




        Higher education qualification with 2 -3 years relevant experience (college or degree level), or equivalent in demonstratable experience (desirable l)

        Training qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience ( desirable)

        Studying for a relevant professional qualification or post qualification (desirable)




        Ability to make good operational decisions and solve problems using own initiative within area of work (essential)

        Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, a good telephone manner with attuned listening skills (essential)

        A high level of skill in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) (essential)

        Ability to work within a framework of guidelines and processes (essential)

        Able to work under pressure, use own initiative and prioritise workload (essential)

        Able to work as part of a team (essential)

        Able to utilise online platforms and packages (Survey Monkey, Canva, Mail Chimp etc.), and the ability to learn new packages (essential)

        Excellent understanding, knowledge and managing of social media and various platforms (desirable)

        Experience of helpline work and/or a direct information support service (desirable)



        Responsible to the FASD Services Manager and FASD Lead Advisor

        Responsible for line management of FASD Hub volunteers




        Demonstrates commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of role at all times.

        Contributes to an open and honest culture

        Supports, encourages, and motivates colleagues.

        Encourages challenge, creativity and innovation.

        Leads by example.

        Values transparency and consistency.

        Understands the role of individual and collective accountability.

        Actively contributes to Adoption UK’s mission.

        Has a clear understanding of other colleagues’ roles and responsibilities

        Shares skills and knowledge.

        Promotes Cross Functional team working.

        Offers outstanding service to members.

        Takes pride in Adoption UK and promotes its values in all interactions with external stakeholders.

        Identifies and uses the most appropriate form of communication.

        Communicates clearly, seeking clarity when unclear and valuing the opinion of others.

        Treats colleagues and other stakeholders with respect, honesty, fairness and courtesy

        Is responsive to colleagues, third party professionals and service users.

        Takes pride in own development.

        Enthusiastic and committed to achieving high standards and meeting agreed objectives.

        Takes an active interest in recognising professional and personal development needs and priorities within Adoption UK.


This role profile is a guide to the nature of the work required and may involve other such duties as deemed necessary by the Organisation. It is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive. The role profile will be reviewed with the post-holder at significant points for the Organisation.