Care Connections Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £24,581 – £26,860
  • West Dunbartonshire (On site)
  • Closing 31st May 2024


  • Advertised from 10th May 2024
  • 35 hours per week. 18 Month Fixed Contract.

Role

We are seeking a dynamic, highly motivated individual who will play a key role in developing and delivering a program of support services and activities for Care Experienced children and young people across West Dunbartonshire. Y sort it Care Connections programme aims to support care experienced young people aged between 10-16 years, within West Dunbartonshire.

The role of the Care Connections Support Worker will be to provide support appropriate to care experienced young people’s learning needs, raising attainment by providing a supportive pathway throughout the young person’s school life and beyond.

You will be active at providing support and encouragement, helping them to overcome challenges and /or barriers working towards goals to improve their learning, skills and personal development.

Care Connection Support Workers will be the #Keeping The Promise leads, work with young people currently accessing Y Sort It services who are care experienced. Offering guidance, rights based information, creating learning opportunities. You will be developing support plans, providing advice and information, training and peer support. Your role will be to work closely with schools, partner agencies and family members.

The post holder should be flexible as the actual times of work will involve working, evenings, school holidays and weekends. The post holder should be flexible as the actual times of work may change to respond to the demands of the work of the Care Connections programme including overnight stays.

You will be directly managed by Y sort it Care Experienced Support Manager.

Purpose and Objectives

The postholder will provide critical support to Y sort it, schools, and communities to drive West Dunbartonshire’s Integrated Childrens Services Plan for care experience children and young people.

Y sort it Care Connections program aims to support care experienced young people within West Dunbartonshire by carrying out a Test of Change initiative with the aim to develop aSupportive School Structure (Right to Education) for Care Experienced children and young people across West Dunbartonshire.

The post holder will have a primary focus on developing & evaluating the impact of learning opportunities, to raise the attainment of care experienced young people by focusing on children and young people aged 10 to 14 who are subject to a compulsory supervision order (or at-risk of becoming so), living at home or in kinship arrangements (ages 10-16 years).

You must demonstrate recent knowledge and experience of the Promise, GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child), UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).

The post holder should be flexible as the actual times of work will involve working evenings, school holidays and weekends. The post holder should be flexible as the actual times of work may change to respond to the demands of the work.

Requirements

You will have a relevant qualification or evidence of previous experience working within social work, healthcare or youth/community/ voluntary work or in the field of Health Promotion, or relevant / equivalent experience, working with children, young people and / or families.

Responsibilities:

You will have an awareness/experience of primary prevention approaches, developing learning opportunities and providing support either 1-2-1 or groups settings. You will have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders, good interpersonal skills. You will have good assessment and

reporting skills with the ability to work with members of the public, to work without constant supervision.

Please note, a driving license is essential for this role.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme update check, prior to a formal offer of employment being made by Y sort it.

About us

“Y sort it is a young person led service, providing opportunities that responds to the support needs of local young people and inspires them to reach their full potential- we will #Connect # Support #Inspire WD Young people”.

Y sort it Youth project is aimed at young people aged between 8-18 years old that reside within West Dunbartonshire. We are unique in the fact that Y sort is governed by a Youth Management Board, with all members registered as company directors. This ensures that Y sort it continues to be FOR young people BY young people of West Dunbartonshire. Young people of West Dunbartonshire will reach their full potential through learning and have the capacity to make informed choices and play a key role in decisions that affect their lives.

Application notes

Application deadline is 31st May 2024

Interviews will be held on either 6th or 7th June 2024

Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply for this role, please read the application guidance and send completed application form by email to info@ysortit.com

If you would like a confidential discussion about this role please contact Claire McGinley, Head of Services & Development claire@ysortit.com (Mobile) 07593 311 168


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