Be a Family Coach

Family Coach volunteers play a crucial role within Safe Families for Children (Safe Families), as they bring a wealth of care, compassion and experience to help facilitate the support provided to families in crisis.

The role of the Family Coach is to ensure the smooth arranging of, and progress through, Safe Families for Children involvement for a family. The Family Coach supports and oversees the help a Host Family or Family Friend gives to children and parents/carers, ensuring that it is working in the best interests of each child. The Family Coach also supports the parents/carers, connecting them with needed services or resources both within Safe Families and in the wider community.

A Family Coach will facilitate the initial contact between families and volunteers and will maintain contact throughout the support process to ensure everyone involved has a friend close by. This network provides reassurance for everyone involved with Safe Families and offers the ability to quickly change support arrangements, should circumstances change for volunteers or families.

A Family Coach may be an experienced volunteer of Safe Families, or have a background in social care and support. Becoming a Family Coach allows you to make a significant contribution to the movement. Simply download and complete the application form provided below. This can be completed online or alternately returned by post, or emailed to

Fill in the volunteer application form online or download in Word format.

volunteer with Safe Families as a Family Coach

Should you wish to discuss becoming a Family Coach in more detail before filling out an application form, please contact Safe Families for Children Head Office on 0191 707 0030, where your enquiry will be directed to a member of the team.

Thank you for your willingness to make a difference to the long-term outcomes for children and our communities.