Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Up to £23543 per annum
Job description
Recruiting 2 Senior Support Workers to join our Young Peoples service in Milton Keynes!
£23,543 per annum, working 40 hours per week, plus 25 days Annual Leave, Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more.
Senior Support Workers within Look Ahead are required to have either an extra dimension of experience or a higher qualification level as determined relevant for the particular post.
The Young People in Milton Keynes services will be a mix of children in need, looked after children and care leavers (as well as those who are not open to social services)
The young people will have complex and multifaceted needs. This could include emotional and mental health issues, drug and alcohol misuse, partaking in criminal activity and anti-social behaviours or being at risk of sexual exploitation.
Whilst the majority of young people referred will not yet be ready to live fully independently, they will be ready to begin the transition to adulthood and develop their independent living skills. The young people will require a supportive, structured and stable environment with clear boundaries in which to do this.
Senior support workers are expected to work with the young people that have the most complex needs as well as support their colleagues with their young people. They should be an experienced point of contact in their team, form partnerships with external agencies and lead on co production and customer engagement. You would work as part of a team of support workers and specialists, providing support to the rest of the team as needed.
Milton Keynes Young Person's Service implements and promotes the Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) model. This is an approach which was developed to support people out of homelessness, in particular those who have experienced complex trauma or are diagnosed with a personality disorder. However, its application is far broader than only homelessness. It considers the psychological needs of staff: developing skills and knowledge, increasing motivation, job satisfaction and resilience.
Senior Support Workers will focus on areas such as customer involvement and co-production. You will provide information to our young people around social inclusion, ETE opportunities and be responsible for sourcing, building and liaising with partner agencies that can offer support to our cohort of young people. You will be responsible for the organising of hostel activities and their implementation.
The above areas of focus will be across all 5 sites of the service.
The Senior Support Workers will have a detailed knowledge base for staff to refer to around areas of housing benefits, DWP, recording information and also housing management.
The Senior Support Workers will have a caseload of between 3-5 young people as a maximum and will be on part of a shift based rota.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Up to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in a relevant area (e.g. psychology, Health and Social Care, or a relatable qualification) OR experience in the social care/charity sector.
- Experience building and develop strong professional partnerships with external providers aligned to their specialism
- 2-3 years experience in a similar role with a proven track record of customer engagement as well as effective partnership working.
For more information or to apply please visit our website.
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Look Ahead supports around 8,000 people across London and the South East each year. People who for a variety of reasons may need some extra suppor... Read more

Posted on: 11 June 2021
Closing date: 09 July 2021
Job ref: REQ002667
Tags: Support Worker
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