Purpose of role
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process and focuses on the protection of children and young people who have been identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Advocacy Focus will support children over the age of 12 who are the subject of multi-agency child protection plans. The Independent Advocate (IA) will champion the child’s rights and ensure that every child’s voice is heard, valued and at the centre of any decisions which affect their lives. This will involve building relationships with children and young people on a 1:1 basis and ensuring that support is available at appropriate and relevant times. The provision of individual community advocacy will support each child to move forward and achieve the best possible outcomes.
- Provide individual and confidential casework support to children and young people going through child protection proceedings.
- Provide advocacy for children prior to and during their child protection conferences and reviews.
- Support each child or young person to express their views and feelings, help them to understand their rights and be involved in decision making.
- Attend child protection conferences and reviews, attend meetings with the child/young person to help them represent their views and opinions.
- Liaise and negotiate with other agencies concerning specific cases and on general issues as and when required.
- To work within the appropriate legislation, as well as agreed case-working standards and monitoring requirements.
- Provide accurate, accessible and relevant information through practical support and appropriate referrals to specialist services.
- To work as a member of the team, attend bi-monthly team meetings (in Accrington), peer group meetings, and contribute towards service planning and developments for advocacy and the wider organisation.
- To represent Advocacy Focus at various meetings/promotional events as required and to provide feedback to the team.
- To be flexible to support work across all service areas to meet referral, geographical and organisational demands.
- To undertake duties in line with safeguarding and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) processes.
- To produce reports for the Advocacy Development Manager, Senior Management Team and others as required.
- To attend regular supervision/appraisal sessions with the Advocacy Development Manager.
- To be available to work occasionally in the evening and weekends as required.
- To work within Advocacy Focus’ policies and procedures.
- To be responsible for and commit to, ongoing personal and professional development and completion of any relevant qualifications i.e. Independent Advocacy Qualification (IAQ).
- To undertake any other duties as commensurate with the grading of the post.
Please email us for an application pack if you are interested in this opportunity