Based within the Customer Relations Service, the Independent Visitor Scheme (IVS) and the Advocacy Service supports the Council's priorities as Corporate Parent. The Advocacy Service focuses on delivering services to those young people who access it, acting with integrity, professionalism, and respect on behalf of the organisation, ensuring always that the needs of individuals are paramount.
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About The Job
Salary: £25,991 - £28,672 per annum (£21,776 - £24,022 per annum, pro rata)
Working Pattern: Part time, 31 hours per week
Location: Centenary House / Durrington Bridge House, Worthing
Interview Date: 03 February 2022
The purpose of this role is to ensure that Looked After Children and Young People, Care Leavers and Children with Disabilities in West Sussex receive the appropriate services to meet their needs in terms of advocacy, and that their rights, as specified in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, are upheld.
This involves direct work with young people, listening to them, making them aware of their rights, ensuring these are respected, helping them have their say, and supporting them to express their views and opinions. This could involve preparing and supporting them with important meetings such as Children Looked After Reviews or Child Protection Conferences, or helping them make a complaint. The role involves working with and communicating with a diverse group of young people, including young people where English is not their first language and those with complex disabilities and learning needs.
The ability to travel independently to locations across and outside the County is essential (e.g. to meet with young people placed in and out of county). The role will also require flexible working to meet the needs of young people (e.g. seeing young people outside of school/work hours).
The work will involve exposure to people, subject matter, or incidences likely to regularly place emotional demands on the job holder (e.g. experiencing challenging behaviour when meeting a child, dealing with vulnerable individuals or those with complex problems). There is a regular and intrinsic requirement to communicate in English with members of the public.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to analyse and interpret information and prioritise needs in order to make recommendations which will have a positive outcome.
- Ability to work in a customer focused way, to build relationships, gaining trust of customers and providing high quality service.
- Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, to interact effectively with a range of young people, to engage and empower through direct work. To create and maintain effective working relationships, influencing the behaviour and conduct of colleagues and other professionals in order to ensure the highest level of service.
- Ability to prioritise and manage a workload with competing deadlines and in line with performance indicators and targets.
- Ability to recognise the limits of own accountability and responsibility, and to seek appropriate support, advice and supervision.
- Excellent literacy, numeracy and IT skills in order to maintain records, to produce reports, presentations
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Social Work Qualification (or other professional qualification with evidence of experience relevant to the role).
- Driving Licence
- Proven track record of working with children and young people, including children looked after, care leavers and those with complex needs.
- Knowledge and experience of the Advocacy Standards and national policy developments regarding young peoples' rights and implications for practice. Including the Children's Act 1989, Children Act 2004 and Children Leaving Care Act 2000 and other relevant legislation.
- Experience of forming effective working relationships within a multi-agency setting.
- Experience of providing advice and guidance to others.
- Experience of co-ordinating and supervising others.
- Understanding of the assessment and review process of care packages.
- Experience of applying relevant legislation, policies and procedures to individual pieces of work.
The reference number for this role is CPP00471.
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Francesca-Jo Sacco Jimpson (Independent Visitor and Advocacy Manager) at Francesca-. For issues or queries regarding your application please contact .
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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.