Hammersmith, Greater London (On-site)
£26,000 - £30,500 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Are you looking for a dynamic and rewarding role working for an organisation with the feminist agenda at the core of its ethos? Do you believe in our values; to listen and support, to empower and respect, collaborate, innovate, and take accountability? 

Then Advance could be the career choice for you!

 Job Title:             Young Women’s Keyworker – London Minerva 

Contract:               Permanent 

Salary:                   £26,000 - £30,500 per year

 Working hours:   35 hours a week, with some evening and weekend work required

Work location:     Based at Advance’s Hammersmith office with travel to our co-located community Hubs and Probation Offices to provide outreach work

This post is open to female applicants only as this is deemed a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

Advance is committed to equality and diversity and strongly encourages applications from women with diverse backgrounds, including those with disabilities, BAME and LBT communities.

Job Summary

The Minerva London service provides holistic wraparound support to women involved with the CJS, through 1:1 Keywork and access to specialist gender-specific support via Advance’s Women’s Centres. Advance’s Minerva service works with women and girls involved in the Criminal Justice System offering safe, targeted support and advocacy to help them address their complex needs in relation to the 9 pathways to offending, such as substance misuse and financial difficulties.

The Young Women’s Keyworker will work with young women aged 15-24 across West and North London boroughs. The role will be based at our Hammersmith office, with travel to our co-located community Hubs and Probation offices. The Young Women’s Keyworker will provide specialist 1:1 support to young women referred in to the service.  The service is designed to be a “whole system” response to women and girls in the Criminal Justice System, so a key part of the role will include building relationships with statutory and VCS agencies, to support and encourage more young women to access the Minerva service, as well as setting up specialist referral pathways for young women in the community.  

Key responsibilities and duties

  • Support a caseload of Young Women (aged 15-24) in contact with the Criminal Justice System providing advocacy and delivering gender specific support interventions to enable them to identify and follow routes out of offending;
  • Complete an initial assessment of risk and need, and provide one-to-one advocacy, support and advice across all 9 pathways to women in custody and the community, including Accommodation, Education, Training & Employment, Finance, Benefits & Debt, Emotional Wellbeing, Substance Misuse, Social Inclusion, Lifestyle & Associates, Domestic Abuse/sexual exploitation, family relationships;
  • Create and regularly review Support Plans in collaboration with the young woman to support them in addressing their multiple needs and enable them to engage with statutory services;
  • Support the delivery of appropriate group-based programmes/activities in order to empower young women to move forward with their lives and to challenge the stigma associated with women affected by the Criminal Justice System;
  • Refer in to and encourage engagement with Advance Minerva’s Centres and Interventions including the Peer Mentor service and partner provision offering specialist activities at Advance’s Women’s Centres.
  • Build relationships with external agencies to increase awareness of the support we provide, in order to generate referrals to the service.
  • Maintain accurate records in keeping with Data Protection Act and Advance policies;
  • Participate in multi-agency working parties and focus groups when requested to do so in your boroughs and represent Advance at a range of external meetings in a professional and appropriate manner, ensuring the reputation of Advance remains one of a quality provider of innovative services to women;
  • Where requested, work with the Regional Manager, Programme Manager and Director of Criminal Justice Services to conduct regular reviews of the project and compile reports as required;
  • To record the work undertaken in an accurate and timely manner to ensure you are working within the contracted service level targets and key performance indicators.
  • Undertake all necessary administration relating to both client and yourself as an employee;
  • Be responsible for your own personal learning development and keep up to date on research, relevant legislation, policy and practice, and other literature relevant to the role;
  • Participate in supervision, training and meetings as required, and assist in the development of services in line with agreed development plans. 


      Closing Date: Sunday the 5th June 2022

      Interviews to be held Wednesday the 8th and Thursday the 9th June 2022

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Posted on: 17 May 2022
Closed date: 05 June 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: ADV 125
Tags: Support Worker, Social Work