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Outreach Worker (Rescue and Response)

St Giles Trust
Camberwell, Greater London (On-site)
£26,000-£28,000 pa
Contract (Fixed term contract until 31st March 2025)
Job description

Please note successful candidates should expect to be appointed at the starting point of the salary scale and consideration may be given to a higher salary depending on the experience of the individual

Full Time – regular out of hours and weekend work required

Camberwell Office with frequent travel around and outside London

Ref: RRW-241

Are you a proactive, highly organised and compassionate individual with a proven record of providing support, advice and advocacy and effectively communicating the needs of clients to other professionals?  Do you have substantial experience of assessing the needs of children and young people who at risk of significant harm?

If so, St Giles has an exciting opportunity for an Outreach Worker to join our team and contribute to the delivery of the ‘rescue’ element of our County Lines Specialist Support Service which will come through via our Out of Hours Advice Service – this is a specialist telephone advice to professionals working with young people who are either involved in or at risk of county lines exploitation.

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
You will provide an immediate safeguarding response, supporting children and young people back to London when they are arrested outside of area, utilising the reachable moment to provide meaningful intervention to young people at risk of exploitation, plus provide follow up support once the young person has returned to their home region, which will include one-to-one and telephone contact.

We will also rely on you to produce support and risk management plans based on assessments, and to develop and maintain relationships with both referral agencies, including police, YOTs, Integrated Offender Management, Prison/Young Offender institutions, and local authorities, ensuring a steady flow of appropriate referrals onto the project. Delivering a holistic support service which includes social and housing support, education, training and employment options, benefits work, and debt advice, is also a key element of the role.  

It is vital that you are able to commit to evening and some weekend working, in line with our out of hour rota.

What we are looking for

  • Personal experience of the criminal justice system, lived experience of the issues facing this client group and/or experience of working with ‘high risk’, vulnerable children, young people and/or families
  • Experience in working as part of a multi-agency team and of using support plans
  • Substantial experience of engaging successfully with ‘challenging’ young people and of assessing risk and implementing safety procedures relating to children involved in or at risk of violence or exploitation
  • Hold a full UK driving licence
  • To have a relevant qualification to a good standard or be working towards one
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and communication skills, both verbal and written.

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

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, season ticket loan and much more.

Closing date: 3rd June 2024.

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.

Posted on: 23 May 2024
Closed date: 03 June 2024 at 16:15
Job ref: RRW-241
Tags: Advice, Information, Social Care/Development, Training, Advocacy, Support Worker, Social Work, Teaching