Sessional Detached Youth worker Level 2
Fixed term contract up to March 2024
Salary: Band 6 – £22,223 – £25,927 p.a. pro rata ( £6,006- £7,007 based on 10 hours per week)
10 hours per week- 3 Evenings per week 3 hour sessions 6 to 9pm with 1 hours for admin, days can be discussed at interview stage
Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the city that works to improve outcomes for children.
DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.
The youth service aim to improve the outcomes for young people aged 11-19 years and up to 25 years for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. We do this through information, advice and guidance, and a range of activities provided through our clubs and projects. We support vulnerable young people who are at risk or future risk of further problems such as substance misuse, youth offending, teenage pregnancy, domestic abuse, and homelessness.
Your New Role
You will be working within a small team as directed by the Senior Detached Co-ordinator to develop, initiate, and maintain relationships with children and young people across the City of Portsmouth. The detached provision supports young people to transition into adulthood by enabling and encouraging young people to take an active part in their own lives. You will therefore help young people to make informed life decisions, which helps to raise their confidence and self-esteem.
You will be encourage young people’s participation in positive diversionary activities and help divert them from anti-social behaviour and crime by providing information and guidance. You will be able to plan activity sessions and hold discussions with groups of vulnerable young people on a range of issues, including but not limited to healthy relationships, education/employment, substance use, physical and mental health, etc.
What you’ll need to succeed
You need to:
1. Have previous experience of working with young people aged 11 – 19.
2. Have excellent communication skills and be able to engage effectively with young people, staff, local services, and the wider community.
3. Be able to converse at ease with young people and provide advice in accurate spoken English.
4. Be able to plan group activities onsite and off-site that engage young people and encourages learning and self-development.
5. Be self-directed and able to work as part of a team, in line with organisational policies.
6. Be able to role model professional practice to other staff and demonstrate effective ways of engaging young people.
7. Be able to recognise when young people are having issues and be able to respond appropriately, offering support and signposting to other agencies if necessary.
8. Be able to make sound decisions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young people, staff, and the wider community.
9. Understand anti-discriminatory practice and work in a non-judgemental way.
10. Be open minded, whilst recognising and challenging inappropriateness in a young person’s behaviour or language when necessary.
11. Be flexible in your hours of work as you will need availability to work in the evenings and occasional weekends for off-site activities, and to work City-wide to meet the needs of the service.
12. Be prepared to attend supervision, appropriate training relevant to the post, and team meetings as required.
13. Attend debrief sessions before submitting accurate monitoring data to the coordinator or service manager(s) so that progress can be evidenced to partners and commissioners.
What you’ll get in return
As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, including flexible working hours, extensive wellbeing support through the Employee Assistance Programme and a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.
To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role.
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We look forward to speaking with you soon.