Young Persons Worker
Our Young Adult Carers Support service is a new initiative across Northern Ireland. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Empowering Young People and delivered by Action for Children, we aim to raise awareness of Young Adult Carers with Health and Social Care Trusts, Community groups and other statutory services to help identify young adult carers and offer them support. As well as raising awareness in other agencies to identify young adult carers, you'll also work closely with our existing Young Carers Service to help young people turning 18 transition to adult support.
This role will cover the Northern and Western Health & Social Care Trust areas and, as such, can be based in either Coleraine or Omagh.
This role will be working 37 hours a week and will involve evening work to meet the needs of the carers and the service.
You will make a difference by:
- Offering young adult carers, a range of support services including fun activities and group work programmes.
- Providing 121 support to assist with their needs such as education, work, health and social life.
- Identifying and supporting peer mentors.
- Devising support packages to meet the needs of young adult carers.
- Travelling throughout the area to meet the needs of the service.
- Working closely with agencies such as the Health and Social Care Trusts, Community groups etc. to promote the service, raise awareness and help them to identify young adult carers in need of support.
You will need:
- NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care, child-care, youth work or equivalent.
- Extensive experience of working with children or young people aged 16+.
- Experience of planning, setting up and delivering group work programmes.
- Experience of providing 1-1 support.
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to build relationships with people at all levels.
- The ability to work on your own initiative but also as part of a wider team.
- Access to a car and the ability to drive. The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act.
- The willingness to register with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council if not so already.
The way we work
We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.
We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.
For safe and happy childhoods
At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.
Please note: Interviews are planned to be held on Thursday 13th May 2021.
We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.
Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.