Early Intervention Youth Fund Project Co-ordinator x 2
1 x Full time (35 hours per week) £20,000 per annum, 6% employer pension, 23 days annual leave
1 x Part time (17 hours per week) £20,000 per annum pro rata, 6% employer pension, 23 days annual leave pro rata
Contract: 12 months in the first instance
Salford Foundation is seeking one full-time and one part-time experienced Project Co-ordinators to deliver a range of interventions to young people involved in youth violence and also young people identified as being at risk of crime and anti-social behaviour. A mentoring, coaching and key-working approach will underpin the project. Beneficiaries will have multiple issues that increase their risk of becoming involved in crime and many will have a history of non-engagement with services. The successful candidates will, therefore, need to have exceptional engagement skills.
The project has an emphasis on preventing youth violence and will be delivered in partnership with public sector services. The successful candidates will work as part of a multi-agency team in Bolton to ensure project outcomes and outputs are met. This includes systems and processes for referrals; participant recruitment and delivering a range of interventions that lead to sustainable outcomes; desistance from crime and increased resilience. The Project Co-ordinator will be responsible for project delivery, as well as keeping stringent records that allow the impact of the project to be assessed. The successful candidates will have excellent communication skills and a demonstrable passion for supporting young people.
In particular, the Co-ordinators will be responsible for:
- To provide and co-ordinate a programme of support for each young person referred onto the project including: engagement; mentoring / coaching; and identifying a range of appropriate interventions based on the individual’s needs and associated risk factors.
- To use a variety of methods to engage young people in the delivery of the programme, including work in the home, in detached settings, in the community and in centres. This may also include work with peers, siblings, parents and other family members.
- To carry out assessments of young people’s needs and risks associated with involvement in organised crime and / or violent crime.
- To develop action plans (including exit plans) for individual young people aimed at addressing the underlying needs, attitudes and risks.
- To develop and deliver a programme of support with a variety of interventions for young people aimed at preventing behaviour associated with risk of involvement in violent crime.
- To act as lead professional / case manager in relation to action plans for young people including:
- supporting multi agency planning, review and exit meetings;
- developing and fostering relationships with representatives from other relevant organisations, and ensuring appropriate support from universal and specialist professional and voluntary services for young people is accessed where required gaining the support of parents, carers and families to support young people in making decisions;
- regularly reviewing the relevance, effectiveness and quality of plans;
- gaining the support of parents, carers and families to support young people in making decisions;
- representing and balancing the views of young people, parents, and others within the plan.
- Work closely with families and carers of young people to enhance their capacity to provide effective care and control.
- Maintain information and case recording on young people for monitoring and evaluative purposes.
- To have a role in the monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the programme.
- Work within an equal opportunities framework and promote the development of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice in all aspects of the work.
- To identify training needs related to improving practice and participate in programmes of training and personal development within a changing environment.
- To prepare for and participate in regular supervision and appraisal.
- To regularly provide a service outside of normal office working hours including evening and weekend sessions.
- Provide regular management information to enable effective local planning and to record work effectively.
- To contribute to the development of the service.
- To take responsibility for planning and managing your own work under the guidance and support of your line manager, and the principles of the service.
- To undertake any other appropriate duties and responsibilities commensurate with the post.
The Minimum Essential Requirements for the above Posts are as Follows:
Skills and Knowledge
- The ability to communicate effectively with young people, both individually and in a group setting and the ability to motivate and engage young people in programmes of work to address behaviour which may make them vulnerable to crime.
- An ability to assess the needs of young people and to formulate and deliver appropriate packages of support.
- Ability to use various communication skills in different settings.
- The ability to build constructive relationships with parents and carers.
- Awareness and understanding of the issues in relation to valuing diversity and an ability to appropriately challenge discriminatory or oppressive practice.
- An awareness of the impact of offending on the victims of crime and a commitment to crime prevention and the creation of safer communities.
- An ability to work as part of a multi-agency team.
- The ability to develop close links and work effectively with staff from other agencies.
- Skills in written communication, including the ability to gather information and produce well written, concise reports.
- The ability to record and monitor information in an accurate and ethical way.
- An ability to understand and practically apply the guidance associated with relevant legislation.
- An ability to manage time effectively and prioritise one’s workload.
- An ability to take responsibility for one’s own learning, reflect on practice and make constructive use of the opportunities for personal and professional development
- Listen, support and monitor the diverse contributions made to service development without prejudice.
- Challenge behaviours and processes which do not positively advance the diversity agenda whilst being prepared to accept feedback about own behaviour.
- Recognise people’s strengths, aspirations and abilities and helps to develop their potential.
- Understand how Valuing Diversity can improve our ability to deliver better services & reduce disadvantage.
- Listen and respond to customer need, seek out innovative ways of consulting service users and engaging partners.
- Network with others to develop services for the benefit of the service users.
Developing Self and Others
- Coach and mentor others.
- Be willing to share learning and encourage others to do the same.
- Listen to others and respond to their needs.
- Apply a range of development activities to develop and train staff.
- Endorse the principles of Investor in People.
- Strives for improvement and take responsibility for own development.
- Be self-confident and lead by example.
- A minimum of 18 months experience of working with challenging or vulnerable young people aged 12-18 and their families.
- Experience of working with or alongside other agencies, both voluntary and statutory
Work Related Circumstances
- This post will require working outside of normal office hours. The post holder must be willing and able to work regular evenings and weekends and some bank holidays
- Willingness to undertake appropriate training.
- This post has been designated an essential car user post. Applicants should have a full driving license and access to transport. The post holder must be able to use their vehicle to transport young people.
These positions are Car User Essential and subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure
Application closing date is 12 noon on Tuesday 27th August 2019
Interviews will be held 2nd September 2019