Options 4 Change is looking for Education Caseworkers who can help the organisation support children and young people.
Options 4 Change is a charity working with families, children and young people who are often deprived, dis-empowered and disengaged. Lambeth is a very challenging area for children and young people to thrive in. Communities across the borough are affected by youth violence, gangs, school exclusions and numerous social welfare issues.
Our primary services are delivered by our advocates and caseworkers to tackle issues and needs involving: Education; Homelessness; Non-Advisory Immigration and Destitution support; Social Welfare and Wellbeing; and Personal development.
We are looking for you to join our small charity operating in South London.
This is a great opportunity to gain experience in schools and an office environment, develop your existing skills and learn new ones, supporting a charity that helps children and families in need.
We welcome applications from students in their final year of a related qualification.
You must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and experience is desirable but not essential,
We're looking for an organised and enthusiastic volunteer who is diligent and able to work as part of a team. You must be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel. You will:
- Assist in managing a caseload of children, young people (CYP), parents and service users requiring support to resolve school exclusions and/or to reintegrate them back into their schools.
- Help develop strategies to influence multi-agency work to initiate and undertake core assessments and co-ordinate support packages as necessary for CYP at risk of school exclusion or academic under-achievement.
- Liaise and develop close working relationships with education specialists, family services professionals, agencies both voluntary and statutory; to ensure CYP receive services in accordance with their assessed and identified needs.
- Where appropriate, to participate in multi-disciplinary teams and contribute to their effectiveness to prevent, resolve, increase community awareness on school’s exclusion matters locally.
- Provide emotional and practical support, advice, advocacy and casework to service users, parents and carers as required.
The role is for two days a week, either Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri 10 - 5pm and for a minimum of four months.
Applicants will need a DBS and must be able to provide references.
Travel and lunch expenses will be paid for.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.