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Youth Worker (LGBTQ)

  • Employer: Portsmouth City Council
  • Reference: 251
  • Published: Sat 14/01/2023, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 13/02/2023, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: PARTTIME
  • Salary: £20,000 - £24,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Portsmouth

5 hours per week, all year round, Tuesday evening 5-10pm - permanent 

Why work in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth is a vibrant, waterfront city offering a range of exciting opportunities through employment and recreationally.

Over the past few years we have seen some significant improvements in outcomes for children and families.  We have reduced rates of teenage pregnancy, increased participation in post-16 education, employment and training, improved educational attainment, and reduced youth offending. However there remains more to do to secure the very best outcomes for children and families and also to retain our good progress whilst managing reductions in public sector spending.

Portsmouth has a long history of inter-agency working to deliver well-coordinated services to children and their families. During 2014 - 2016, the Children's Trust set up three locality Multi-Agency Teams (MATs), co-locating services for children and families to serve the three localities (North, Central and South). Each Multi-Agency Team is made up of a range of professionals including Children's Centre staff, health visitors, public health professionals, family support workers and social workers.

Integrated multi-disciplinary working is central to our early help strategy.  Meeting need at an earlier point is critical for producing good long-term outcomes for children and families and wherever possible we have to avoid the need for statutory interventions and reduce duplication in the system. We have articulated our vision to embed restorative practice as 'the way we work with families in Portsmouth' - this being a way of behaving which supports the development of family capacity, resilience, and independence by building on strengths and enabling them to identify their own solutions - and take responsibility for their stronger future.

Who are we?

Portsmouth is a unitary authority delivering a range of public services and continuously exploring innovative ways to make improvements/deliver differently. Portsmouth is an ambitious authority and we want every child in Portsmouth to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

The role of all agencies working with families in Portsmouth (from the health, education, care and voluntary sectors) is to empower them to provide the best possible care and support and prevent poor outcomes. Our aim is to offer support and services to help families find their own sustainable solutions. Once improvement is made services will reduce or end so as not to create dependence.

In Portsmouth, our help offer is about enhancing the capabilities of every parent to provide a positive and supportive environment for their children to grow up in - their stronger future. Then the next generation has the best chance to thrive with the skills to engage in positive parenting themselves. We want every family to develop an inter-generational cycle of positive parenting, relationships and behaviour. Across children's services in Portsmouth we aim to work with children, young people and families to help them sustain safe and healthy lives and create the foundations for future success - their stronger future.

This is an exciting time to be part of children's services in Portsmouth as we continue to develop new ways of working and more joined-up approaches with key partners from health, schools and the police. We are committed to continuous learning from best practice and aspire to become a true learning and teaching organisation.

What is the role?

You will need to work alongside and assist the Specialist Support Worker, to ensure the smooth running of the weekly LGBTQ youth group and associated activities.

You will assist in planning, delivery and evaluation of activity sessions for both the group and individual young people who are exploring their sexual and/or gender identity and you will need to have the ability to establish effective relationships with young people; whilst ensuring a safe, friendly, relaxed environment.

You will need to assist with keeping a record young people's attendance and keep the Specialist Support Worker informed of any issues or developments concerning the group. To participate in supervision as required by the line manager.

To ensure that the department’s Confidentiality Policy is upheld. Observe the duty to all Health and Safety rules and to take all reasonable care to promote the health and safety of oneself and others, and knowledge of child protection.

Who is the person?

You need to:

  1. Have experience of working with young people in a youth work setting
  2. Preferably have experience of working in an environment which supports LGBTQ young people in a positive, proactive and effective way
  3. Be aware of the issues surrounding LGBTQ young people and their needs
  4. Work as part of a team in planning and organising activities and to ensure they are achieved in a timely and effective way. 
  5. Have the skills to work as a team in providing a safe, fun, friendly & relaxed atmosphere.
  6. Be an effective team member.
  7. Initiate and build relationships with young people.
  8. Be able to empower young people.
  9. Be an active listener.
  10. The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post
  11. Be committed to and have an understanding of equal opportunities issues including service provision.
  12. Have excellent Communication skills verbal and written & ability to maintain accurate written records.
  13. Have knowledge of Child protection issues & confidentiality policy, Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety
  14. Be committed to identifying training needs and promoting development
  15. Ensure the safety of Young Carers and staff at all times.

If you have any questions, or would like an informal discussion about the role, please email Emily White emily.white@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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  • Employer: Portsmouth City Council
  • Reference: 251
  • Published: Sat 14/01/2023, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 13/02/2023, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: PARTTIME
  • Salary: £20,000 - £24,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Portsmouth

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