1. Supporting the needs of children and young people who are vulnerable and at-risk of involvement in crime across Warwickshire, Coventry and Northamptonshire and reducing offending.
2. Facilitating personal, social and educational growth in young people, in order to help them to make positive choices and to reach their full potential in society, despite their personal circumstances/vulnerability.
3. Developing strong relationships with current youth provision across Warwickshire, Coventry and Northamptonshire, including working in partnership with schools, colleges, statutory providers and faith-based groups.
4. Engaging with the ‘Early Help’ agenda, in order to break the Victim-Offending Cycle
• Have relevant qualifications and considerable experience in working with children and young people;
• Be Fluent in the English language (GCSE Grade C or above: English and Maths); Confident and articulate when talking to a wide range of people and be able to produce clear, accurate written and electronic records
• Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with and form effective, empathic and professional relationships with children and young people from primary age through to early 20s.
• Have a strong commitment to young people and an understanding of the many factors affecting their lives, including factors linked to youth crime;
• To be non-judgemental in all relationships, with a positive attitude and the ability to give constructive, supportive feedback as well as to positively challenge negative behaviour
• Be able to earn the trust and respect of others, both young people and professionals, and to lead by example, both inspiring and motivating others
• Have experience of coordinating projects, working both independently and as part of a team, including the co-ordination and management of volunteers.
• Have a broad knowledge of mental health and safeguarding issues and of the youth justice system;
• Be able to demonstrate a creative, innovative and dynamic approach to this challenging role
• To demonstrate an ability to both, liaise with colleagues and also to act on your own initiative, within expected professional boundaries, whilst adhering to policy, guidance and associated legal frameworks
• Working as part of a supportive and skilled team, your time will be spent mainly across Warwickshire, Coventry and Northamptonshire, in schools, colleges, youth clubs and town centres, delivering educational, emotional and practical support and advocacy to young people;
• You will spend a large proportion of your time working directly with young people, assessing the needs of individuals and ensuring appropriate referrals to specialist interventions are made available when needed;
• You will work closely with other colleagues across the GYM service to ensure the service is taken directly to the children, young people who need it and to external partners.
• To work directly with children and young people, providing assessment, advocacy and support to those aged 4-25; enabling effective personal and social development and the ability to cope, recover and thrive.
• To facilitate a range of accessibility points and interaction including face to face and social media.
• To provide holistic appropriate and timely support, both practical and emotional, to young people, including vulnerable, disengaged and hard to reach young people, and those exhibiting challenging behaviour.
• To provide advice and guidance on prevention and protection issues to children and young people.
• To ensure appropriate referrals to specialist interventions and integrate with existing statutory and non-statutory pathways for children and young people.
• Support children and young people through the existing pathways including court processes.
• To visit and provide information to individuals, groups, schools, colleges, and other youth facilities across Warwickshire, Coventry and Northamptonshire, building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and delivering training when required.
• To liaise directly with police, courts and other criminal justice organisations and ensure duplication of service is avoided.
• To ensure cross referrals and seamless transition into adult services.
• To be committed to achieving service outcomes.
• To systematically gather feedback from young people about their experience of the service and use this feedback to inform the Youth Endowment Fund and evaluators, enabling service improvement.
• To actively participate in service user panels as a part of the wider governance arrangements to support GYM in the wider design of support services.
• To assist with administration duties, data collection, monitoring and evaluation and compiling of reports when necessary.
We recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce and therefore welcome applications from all backgrounds and all sections of the community. In line with the Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Act all applicants will be expected to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK if invited to interview.
Please submit a completed application form to be considered for interview.