Youth Participation Worker
JNC Ranges 19-22
Youth Participation Worker
Our Vision is for children and young people to have agency and make Newham a place where they are inspired to realise their potential, feel safe, are valued members of their community and have influence in the decisions made about their lives.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of participation workers operating, as part of the broader Youth Empowerment Service, within a diverse borough with the highest demographic of young people aged under 25 years old in London. The Participation Team has the following intentions -
- Young people are at the heart of decisions
- Young people should be able to see their whole self, the breadth of their identities, reflected in our services’ holistic approach to youth work practice.
- We will work with diverse young people to develop accessible, inclusive spaces and opportunities ensuring their experiences shape the decisions made in the borough which affect their lives.
The Participation Team pay particular attention to the experiences of young people who are often marginalized in mainstream settings – specifically Looked after Children, LGBTQ+, and SEND young people - whilst also ensuring that our approach is holistic and intersectional. Through placing difference at the centre of the development of any of our participation work and celebrating this, our intention is that this will ultimately promote inclusive ways of working and thinking, for youth workers and young people alike.
- You will be passionate about social action, able to effectively support our participation offer, have extensive experience of working with children and young people and be able to evidence how you have worked to improve successful outcomes with them.
- You will enjoy working collaboratively, both within the Participation team, across the Youth Empowerment Service, with other Council services as well as with external orgnisations.
- You will have an understanding of the contemporary challenges young people face and be able to develop high impact services which will promote the inclusive engagement and influencing work that the Participation Team lead on.
Your principle role will:
- Working with the participation team to promote and develop the bi-weekly Youth Voice sessions and the quarterly Youth Citizen Assembly events.
- Lead on the development of specific participation projects across the Council and it’s Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector organisations.
- Support the broader work of the Participation Team to ensure that the experiences of diverse young people from across Newham shape the decisions made in the borough, which affect their lives.
If you believe you have the passion, skills and knowledge to contribute to our innovative programme, we would be interested in receiving your application.
Please view Youth Participation Worker jd
Closing date: 1st August 2021
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Newham is one of the youngest, most diverse, and vibrant boroughs in the UK. As an inclusive employer, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects our local population. We welcome and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, including applicants who are ethnically diverse and/or applicants who have a disability.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
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