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Female Caseworker - SOS

St Giles Trust
Chelsea, Greater London (On-site)
Kensington, Greater London
£27,000 - £29,000 pa
Full-time
Contract (Fixed Term Until 31 March 2025)
Job description

Kensington & Chelsea, London 

Ref SFC-241

Are you a proactive, compassionate and collaborative individual with a proven record of working and engaging positively with young offenders or other vulnerable groups?  Do you have strong experience of providing support, advice and advocacy?

If so, St Giles has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Caseworker to work on our pioneering SOS+ project, where you will provide vital support to 10-15 young women up to 25, who are involved in serious youth, violence, county lines, exploitation, and criminality.

About St Giles Trust 

An ambitious, well-established charity that helps people facing adversity to find jobs, homes and the right support they need.  Central to our ethos is our belief that people with first-hand experience of successfully overcoming issues such as an offending background, homelessness, addictions and gang involvement, hold the key to positive change in others.  

About this key role

Our successful candidate will complete initial needs assessments with young women and support them to develop individual action plans and regularly review them to assess progress, plus undertake risk assessments and regular holistic needs assessments of each individual.  You will develop safety and care plans with each client and their families, ensuring that they are equipped to understand the factors which can make them vulnerable, put them at risk and know where to access support if they need to, while also delivering ongoing dynamic risk and contextual safeguarding assessments.

We will count on you to provide important advocacy and support to young people with regards to welfare and financial advice, housing options and/or how to sustain tenancies, rent arrears, access to suitable and affordable housing, and how to access education, employment, and training (ETE) opportunities, as well as facilitating access into positive activities to divert young people away from criminality, offending and harm.  Developing and maintaining relationships with referral and regional agencies, being responsible for two volunteers and participating and attending team and strategy meetings and child protection conferences, are also key aspects of the role.

What we are looking for

• To have worked on an offender-led support project, had personal experience of the criminal justice system, served a prison sentence, or still be serving a prison sentence in a prison within reach of London 

• Experience in negotiation with partner agencies to establish links to further aims of the project

• Experience in working in local community-based projects

• To have a relevant qualification to a good standard, or be working towards one

• An understanding of the Government’s Prevent (anti extremism) programme

• Knowledge of services for offenders and patterns of offending in London borough/s

• Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and communication skills, verbal and written 

• A flexible, collaborative and professional approach to your work.

We actively encourage people with personal experience of the criminal justice system or lived experience of the issues facing this client group to apply for this role.

As an organisation that works with children and adults at risk we are committed to safeguarding, protecting and promoting the safety of our clients and successful applicants will require an Enhanced Child and Adult with Child Barred DBS Check.

 

In return, you can expect a competitive salary, generous leave allowance, staff pension, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice and counselling service, clinical therapist sessions, life insurance (4 x annual salary), duvet days, season ticket loan, employee perks programme, eye care voucher and much more.

We are an equity and inclusion confident employer. We welcome all applications and we particularly encourage applications from people of the global majority (black, brown, multi- heritage) and those who identify as disabled, neuroexpansive, neurodiverse, with any protected characteristics and/or social barriers or challenges. We value the empowering and informative impact that all lived experiences and diversity of thought can offer the organisation.

St Giles will guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria set out in the Job Description for the vacancy.

To apply click the apply button. 

Closing date: 30 May 2024 @ 23:45  

Interview date: 7th June 2024.

Posted on: 20 May 2024
Closed date: 30 May 2024 at 23:59
Job ref: SFC-241
Tags: Advice, Information, Social Care/Development, Training, Advocacy, Support Worker, Social Work, Practitioner