Barnsley has an exciting opportunity within the Targeted Youth Support Service for a key worker to develop an innovative approach to our work with children at risk of exploitation and offending.
The ‘Clear Hold Build’ programme is a framework designed to tackle threats presented by serious and organised crime, not limited to but including those vulnerable to involvement. The proposed creation of a new community youth team will enhance the broader strategy, being part of a whole-system approach to tackling the roots causes.
The Youth Prevention Worker will be part of our community youth team and will focus on the elements of building relationships with young people by providing an intensive and targeted response through early help and support as well as an additional layer of community networking and intelligence. Together with other agencies, this position will be key to the 'hold and build' elements of the strategy and help to identify those young people in need of additional support and / or intervention away from organised criminal activity.
The programme will use interventions that are relationship based, include positive activities and build resilience within community networks. We are therefore looking for a dynamic individual who will bring knowledge and understanding of holistic assessments to ensure we put the right intervention in place for children and families.
Candidates should have a good understanding of the local Early Help offer and the support available to children and families in third sector and voluntary community organisations. You will have a proven track record in partnership working and be able to work across agencies to ensure that children’s needs are met. If you are passionate about working with children and young people and have a creative approach to direct work, this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of something new and innovative. Whilst this is a pilot project, the team will be part of the Council’s wider Targeted Youth Support Service in delivering a local youth offer through early help and support services.
Whilst the location/work-base for this role has been specified our evolving ways of working means that the role may require you to also work remotely (e.g. from home/other locations) and will certainly expect candidates to have a local presence within the communities they serve. The post will include regular evenings and some weekends as part of a normal working week. We will discuss this in more detail with interested candidates as part of the recruitment process.
This position will be subject to a criminal record disclosure check.