Hours: 29 hours & 36 minutes per week (4 days)
Contract: Fixed Term until 31st October 2022
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a support worker to join the Local Authority’s 14+ Team on a fixed term basis following current post holder successfully securing a 12-month secondment opportunity.
Come and join a well-established and passionate team who are dedicated to improving outcomes and opportunities for the young people of Blaenau Gwent.
The 14+ Team will offer you the opportunity to work with young people aged 14 years and over who are in need of care and support, in need of protection, are looked after and/or are care leavers. The post offers the opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and practice in relation to young people across all manner of statutory intervention including assessment, care planning, long term planning, pathway planning and transition to adulthood.
You will have the opportunity to manage a varied case load focusing on what matters to young people and families, building on and supporting young people to identify their own strengths and resources, managing risk collaboratively with multi agency professionals as well as encouraging the development of independence skills. Whilst you will be primarily responsible for managing a reasonable caseload of young people in need of care and support; you will also have the opportunity to complete bespoke pieces of direct work with young people and families who may be case managed by a social worker.
We are seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and motivated support worker to join our 14+ Team.
The post offers an exciting opportunity to work with young people as part of a varied team consisting of social workers, support workers, mediation officers and leaving care personal advisors. With longstanding team members, there is opportunity to learn from the experiences of the team who are committed to delivering the highest quality service to the young people and families of Blaenau Gwent.
We recognise the need for staff support when working with young people who may have specific support needs and, as such, the successful appointees will benefit from training and development opportunities, monthly formal supervision sessions (more frequently if required), group supervision sessions and access to psychological consultations for psychologically informed advice and practice guidance. We recognise the importance of peer support and the stability of the team has enabled the development of a strong team ethic which is to work together to effectively problem solve, motivate and encourage each other.
The 14+ team office has recently been repurposed to create indoor and outdoor space which promotes group work and independent living skills development. We want to offer a safe space to young people to learn new skills and for all 14+ staff to be involved in providing unique and creative ways of engaging young people to promote their wellbeing and safety.
There are exciting opportunities available to the team which enables and encourages creativity in how we can meet the needs of our older children who are looked after and our care leavers through use of the St David’s Day grant. This has, in recent years, included the opportunity for staff to plan and facilitate activities for our young people inclusive of a residential trip.
If you are passionate about young people, promoting their voice and delivering a service which is focused on outcomes and strengths, then this will be a rewarding and exciting opportunity for you.
If you would like to informally discuss this opportunity, please contact the Team Manager, Beth Thomas, on 01495 355520. We look forward to receiving your application.
Thorough pre-employment screening is undertaken during the recruitment process. The post holder will be required to complete an application for a Disclosure of Criminal Records.
Closing Date: 09/12/2021
Interview Date 21/12/2021
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.