Salary: £30,095 - £32,798
Working Pattern: Full time, Permanent (37 hours)
Location: Countywide (opportunity for hybrid)
Closing Date: 05/07/22
You will be one of two House Project Facilitators, providing direct support to approximately 12 young people we care for who are over the age of 16 who have been referred to the House Project, ensuring that they have the maximum possible ownership of the project, maintain their membership and achieve good outcomes.
The aim of project is to provide independence and support to young people. Over a period of around a year, the project members will develop their life skills, community skills and independence to live their lives, achieve their aspirations, be a good neighbour and manage a tenancy. Ongoing support will also be provided to young people who graduate from the House Project.
You will also need to be able to drive to various locations around the county, for example to visit homes, facilitate young people's access to project activities, and to attend statutory meetings.
Experience and Skills
- Developed communication, interpersonal and influencing skills in a variety of contexts with young people, e.g. one to one, group discussions and formal meetings, with the aim of achieving consensus, decisions, team commitment and good outcomes
- Ability to form positive relationships with young people which facilitate positive personal development, involving them in decision making at every level
- Ability to work collaboratively and to build effective relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, such as schools, training providers, Youth Service, Social Care, Health, Careers and Offending Service, in order to progress ideas, proposals and solutions
- Ability to negotiate with external stakeholders and with the young person e.g. around housing options and housing provisions
- Ability to work effectively on your own initiative, manage your own time and achieve challenging outcomes to tight deadlines, whilst also being aware of when to refer issues to the Project Lead
- Good problem solving and analytical skills, with the ability to interpret complex information and plan accordingly
- Relevant degree, or equivalent qualification or experience, demonstrating that level of applied knowledge in providing advice and support to young people
- Relevant postgraduate professional qualification or equivalent qualification or equivalent demonstrable experienc
- Have an understanding of the social, emotional, safeguarding and practical challenges facing the young people we care for and care leavers, and an understanding of how these may be overcome
- An understanding of child development, the impact of trauma and experience of working with vulnerable young people to an agreed practice framework
- Clear understanding of the legal framework for children and young people who are looked after
- Clear understanding of safeguarding and ability to assess situations for and with young people, managing and referring on appropriately
- Demonstrate previous successful experience of working with young people, who have faced difficult circumstances, some of whose behaviour may be challenging or chaotic, and supporting them to build confidence and achieve good outcomes under pressure
- Valid, full driving licence
Rewards and Benefits
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03786
To apply, please follow the links below to upload your CV and Cover Letter. In your cover letter please clearly outline your motivations for applying and explaining how you meet the key skills listed in full and experience you can bring to the role (please refer to the key skills as you will be shortlisted on this) ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV.
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.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people.
For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.