What is the role?
The main focus of work will be, alongside Social Workers, to support young people who are in care aged 16-17 and due to leave care, and those who have left care aged 18-25. The main aim of the role is to support young people in achieving their aspirations and securing the best possible outcomes for their futures. This can be a challenging but also a very rewarding experience. You will have experience of working with young people in a professional capacity and have an understanding of the challenges facing care leavers as they make the transition to independence. You will also have enthusiasm and creativity in engaging with young people.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for someone who has experience of working with young people from a diverse background and someone who has an understanding of the needs of Care Leavers who have been 'looked after' by the local authority. You will have good report writing and assessment skills and are able to organise your own workload and manage a caseload of 25 Care Leavers with varying degrees of intervention. You will be a team player with a positive attitude towards Care Leavers and can help them see their potential. You have the skills to develop good relationships with young people and can motivate them to become more independent and face the challenges of life, while having fun and being there for young people as their corporate parent.
What is it like being a PA, from the POV of one of our team:
Being a PA primarily entails:
- Giving advice, support and guidance to young people to make good, informed decisions about their adult life.
- Befriending young people, enabling them to have a trusted adult who listens to them.
- Advocating for young people who are disadvantage so that they access resources that support their transition to adulthood.
Being a PA is a nurturing profession. You are a mother or father at home and you get to be paid being a mother/father at work. My job is rewarding supporting young people to become decent member of the public. Young people are able to look up to me as the consistent adult in their life who supports and advise them. Hence building a trusted relationship and are able to make positive changes. The Leaving Care Team in Medway is very diverse with each PA having wealth of experience in different sectors of the community. Also, the dynamics of the team is great from young millennials to very experience adult.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager Debbie Taylor call 01634 337729.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview using Microsoft Teams.