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Young Person's Practitioner (11039)

  • Part time
  • £23,500 pro-rata
  • Haddington, East Lothian
  • Closing 22nd November 2023

  • Advertised from 10th November 2023
  • Permanent. 18.5 hours per week
  • 11039


Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

Our Young Person's Practitioner role is direct work with a young person focusing upon their behaviour, building on their strengths and qualities, strengthening family links and engaging positively with their community. This may require home visits and community based work within the communities of East Lothian.

Working with children and young people aged 12-21 considered to be on a very concerning path, the Service will engage with children and young people for whom there is significant professional concerns and elevated risk factors.

You'll deliver tailored support through varied interventions consisting of weekly 1-1 sessions and pro-social activities in various community settings to young people who have been referred to the service. Intervention support is flexible and includes evening and weekend support depending on the child's plan.

You'll act as a role model, be a consistent positive adult and focus on building relationships with young people and their families that will ultimately help divert behaviours, build structure and confidence to achieve positive outcomes based on an assessment of their needs. It is imperative the post holder works alongside the family to provide support, address vulnerabilities and strengthen family relationships.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

This is a truly rewarding and fulfilling role, providing the care and support our young people need to reach their full potential.

You'll play a key role as part of a wider team of professionals across multi-agencies and it will enable you to grow your experience and build your network with a wide range of organisations across the region and gain invaluable experience within a great charity.

Key responsibilities will be;

  • Providing direct community based 1-1 to children and young people referred to the service and wider working with the family.
  • Providing support to families that is rights based, strengths based and trauma informed.
  • Providing community based interventions to divert children and young people from the concerning trajectory their behaviour is placing them on.
  • Maintaining your own calendar, keeping up to do case notes and sharing significant information with the child's key team where necessary.
  • Adopt and apply the values within East Lothian Council Children's Services core services;.
  • Working together with East Lothian Children's Services on agreed children's plans and co-producing solutions.
  • Working directly with the family and ensure that the family has a voice throughout the period of involvement with the service;
  • Working in partnership with other teams/organisations who may be involved in the young person's care plan to deliver outcomes;
  • Adopt a learning approach to the work, specifically where outcomes are not achieved for a child/young person and their family, which we seek to understand why, gaining insights into what might have been done differently.

Let's talk about you

Do you have a sound understanding of issues affecting young people and families, maybe through experience working with care experiences young people and families or through your own lived experience? Do you have a passion for working with children and young people and want to help improve their outcomes?

Do you have a working knowledge of safeguarding practices and social care standards with an understanding of the Children's Hearing system and youth justice process?

We'e looking for a Young Persons Practitioner who will take initiative to come up with creative approaches and methods to engage with hard to reach, vulnerable young people and families.

You'd ideally have the below in order to help succeed in this role, however we are very open to relevant experience.

  • An SVQ 3 in Health and Social Care or equivalent is desirable.
  • Proven assessment skills and experience of working towards outcome focused care / service plans.
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively and engagingly in order to maintain independent, professional relationships.
  • Utilize management systems and databases.
  • Driving licence and access to a car. The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act.

We understand that there are a lot of jobs out there just now but if this role connects with you, and you really want to make a difference to the lives of young people, then we'd love to see your application.

Good to know

Please note we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role.

Diversity, equality, and inclusion

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Don't meet every single requirement?

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

Application notes

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