We are looking for a creative and proactive individual who is experienced at working with boys and young men and building trust in the relationships. As the Adolescent Boys Outreach Worker you will play a crucial role in supporting children and young people who are dealing with the trauma of witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse.
As part of our passionate and committed team of approximately 30 staff, our aspiration is that you will thrive and develop in this varied role. You will be contributing to the invaluable work of the Rising Sun and making a lasting difference to the lives of those who’ve experienced domestic abuse.
Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service (the Rising Sun) is an independent charity in Kent working to prevent domestic abuse and improve the lives of survivors and their children suffering from its effects. We have an ambitious vision for a world in which women and children live free from actual or threatened domestic abuse and all forms of violence.
Our team provide a range of services to adults and children who’ve experienced domestic abuse. We understand the impact of domestic abuse on survivors and so we listen to individual needs and respond in a trauma informed way. We provide one-to-one support and also deliver therapeutically informed group programmes to help survivors to recognise healthy/unhealthy behaviours in relationships and to understand the impact of domestic abuse. Bringing survivors together validates experiences and enables them to draw strength from one another.
To work within the Children and Young People (CYP) team to deliver services relating to children and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse.
To lead on a programme delivering one-to-one and group support to adolescent boys aged 11-24 across various locations in East Kent, including Canterbury, Ashford, Shepway and Swale. The programme focuses on the impact of domestic abuse and on understanding healthy relationships.
To work in collaboration with the CYP team and wider Rising Sun team to support other programmes delivered within the organisation.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Facilitate and lead on a programme delivering targeted trauma informed support to adolescent boys in East Kent.
- Hold own caseload and show empathy and understanding in meeting the needs of the young people the Rising Sun supports.
- Work in a mentoring capacity with children and adolescents with a specific focus on a trauma informed approach, which recognises domestic abuse and its impact.
- Work creatively and flexibly in offering a needs led approach to support a vulnerable and at times challenging client group.
- Help young people recognise and build on their strengths and abilities, while understanding the impact of trauma.
- Work holistically in recognising the needs of the family alongside the young person.
- Support and facilitate group programmes and activities in schools and in the community.
- Work flexibly with young people and meet with them in a variety of settings such as schools, colleges, family homes and community centres, depending on their needs.
- Offer support to young people face to face or remotely, via phone or video call, depending on the needs of the young people and current guidance around social distancing.
- Maintain up to date records and ensure, reports and evaluations are completed as required.
- As part of the CYP team, deliver workshops and training to external agencies and organisations to promote awareness of domestic abuse and share knowledge and learning.
- Attend meetings on behalf of the Rising Sun where necessary, promote multi-agency working and build positive working relationships with external partner agencies such as social care, early help, schools, police and health services.
- Work as part of a team, supporting colleagues and building positive working-relationships with team members.
- Contribute to wider team meetings and discussions to share learning and feed into organisational developments.
- Be willing and available to work some evenings and weekends as required to support wider team activities such as representing Rising Sun at events (time off in lieu can be taken by arrangement with your line manager).
- At all times work professionally and to a high standard, setting an example to the wider team and external partners.
- A good knowledge and understanding of using IT programmes such as Word and Excel.
- Complete administrative tasks and ensure paperwork and evaluations are kept up to date.
- Demonstrate a commitment to continued professional development, being responsible for personal learning and keeping up to date on research, relevant legislation, policy and practice, and other literature relevant to the role.
- At all times protect the safety and security of the Rising Sun, service users, staff, volunteers and buildings, and the confidentiality of records and other information.
- Uphold the rights of women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse, and proactively assess the gender specific, trauma informed needs and the safety of children and women to ensure that any risks/needs identified are addressed, having full regard to Rising Sun Safeguarding Children policy and Safeguarding Adults policy.
- Be proactive and solution focussed while paying attention to detail.
- Participate in supervision, training and meetings as required.
- Ensure the effective implementation of Rising Sun’s policies and procedures and uphold the core values of the Rising Sun.
- Work across teams and undertake such other duties, appropriate to the grade and nature of the work, as may reasonably be expected.
This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time when it was drawn up and will be reviewed from time to time. Duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot of themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.
Knowledge and qualifications
- A relevant qualification in working with children and young people (Desirable)
- A thorough understanding of violence against women and girls with a particular focus on domestic abuse (coercive control, sexual violence, so-called ‘honour- based violence’, forced marriage and FGM)
- Excellent understanding of the impact of domestic violence and trauma on children and young people, families and communities.
- Thorough knowledge of safeguarding practice, procedures and legislation
- Good understanding of the operation of the agencies working together to support young people, such as schools, social services, CAHMS etc.
- 2+ years’ relevant experience of working with young people, including adolescent boys
- Experience of working with adolescents boys who have experienced trauma (Desirable)
- Experience of facilitating group programmes and activities with children and adolescents
- Experience of advocating for the rights of survivors to access safety and freedom
- alongside partner agencies such as schools to facilitate this
- Experience of delivering training or presentations. (Desirable)
- Experience of building and maintaining networks and working with partner agencies and other stakeholders to develop and deliver services. (Desirable)
- Experience of working for a charity or not for profit organisation. (Desirable)
- Excellent listening and communication skills with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds
- The ability to work well within a team and responsibly on own initiative
- Ability to maintain professional boundaries with clients and partner agencies.
- A flexible, proactive approach and a good ability to prioritise work.
- Good project and time management skills and the ability to work effectively under pressure and to deadlines.
- Good data collection, monitoring and IT skills, including word processing and using databases and Excel spreadsheets.
- Able to work co-operatively with colleagues, statutory and non-statutory agencies.
- Able to set clear boundaries and a willingness to accept line management and make effective use of clinical supervision.
- A good understanding of the importance of confidentiality, safe practice and health and safety procedures.
- A good understanding of cultural issues, and commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities.
- A firm commitment to women, children’s and young people’s rights and to work within Rising Sun framework and its core values.
- Able to travel independently across East Kent to meet children and young people in their schools or another suitable location.
- Willingness to carry out the policies and procedures of the Rising Sun and to work to agreed guidelines and codes of conduct.
Equal Opportunities Statement
Rising Sun values diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community; especially from minority groups/groups with a protected characteristic such as BME, who are currently underrepresented at Rising Sun.
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