City of London, London
circa £28,000 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description
Young Women’s Key Worker – Minerva WA service
Based in Hammersmith or Finsbury Park (with regular travel across London)

Do you have a background in working with women experiencing issues related to offending? Want to help an award-winning charity empower and support vulnerable young women in London? If so, this is an amazing opportunity to take your next step as a Young Women’s Key Worker.

About Us

We are Advance, a women-only organisation dedicated to helping women cope and recover from experiences of domestic abuse, as well as women who are at risk of offending or with short term sentences to reduce offending.

Our Minerva service works with those involved in the criminal justice system and offers safe, targeted support and advocacy to women. It aims to reduce re-offending, encourage desistance amongst repeat offenders, divert women from criminal justice involvement as early as possible and reduce the number of custodial sentences imposed by courts.

We are now looking for a Young Women’s Key Worker to join our team and support the delivery of the Minerva WrapAround (WA) service.

The Benefits

- Salary of circa £28,000 per annum (the range for a Key Worker is from £26,000 - £30,500 DOE. For this role, we are looking for someone suitably qualified who brings significant experience to the team)
- Pension
- 30 days’ holiday per annum plus Bank Holidays
- A day off for International Women’s Day

This is an amazing opportunity to take on a challenging, but highly rewarding role where you’ll be able to make a difference to young women’s lives on a daily basis.

Once you join our team, you’ll discover a collaborative, supportive environment where staff empower each other to perform at their best and deliver the highest quality services to those who need our help.

You will have the chance to help women and girls in your community overcome the challenges they face and lead safe, non-violent equal lives.

The Role

As a Young Women’s Key Worker, you’ll provide enhanced support to young women who have committed a crime and are at risk of re-offending.

In this important role, you will work with young women aged 15 – 24 who are in contact with the Youth Justice System, supporting them to identify and follow routes out of offending.

You’ll work across the 15 boroughs where the Minerva service is delivered and will likely be co-located for up to four days at a time with a partner organisation.

Specifically, you will:

- Provide gender specific support interventions
- Deliver 1:1 and group support sessions
- Help to address key issues such as emotional management, healthy relationships and self-esteem
- Build relationships with external agencies to increase awareness of the support we provide

About You

To join us as a Young Women’s Key Worker, you’ll need:

- Significant experience of working with young women experiencing issues related to offending
- Experience of community engagement, advocacy and support work with young people
- Previous experience of using motivational interviewing and coaching techniques with young women and girls, using a woman-centred approach to build trust and rapport
- Experience of setting and maintaining professional boundaries with service users while delivering an excellent standard of service
- A track record of engaging ‘hard to reach’ service users
- The ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- The ability to motivate others and enable change

Please note: only female applicants will be progressed as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Other organisations may call this role Community Support Worker, Key Worker, Criminal Justice Support Worker, Support Worker, Social Care Worker, Women’s Advocacy Officer, or Criminal Justice Support Worker.

Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with disabilities, from BME backgrounds and the LBT community.

So, if you’re seeking your next challenge as a Young Women’s Key Worker, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.

Working hours: 35 hours per week (some evening and weekend work required)
Refreshed on: 05 June 2020
Closed date: 12 June 2020
Job ref: HKWIL1206/CC-MI
Tags: Support Worker