Both full time and part-time (17.5 hrs p/w) (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)
Fixed Term Contract ending 31st March 2021
This role can be based anywhere in the UK. Preferably London or South West England based as the role will be working with children across Avon & Somerset. Some travel may be required across the geographical area, but due to covid19 will mostly be virtual sessions/meetings; predominantly working from home, with access to offices in London.
Ref Code: SSF-203
Are you a confident and resilient individual with lived experience of the issues facing vulnerable young people (i.e. involvement in gangs or knife crime) and a proven ability to engage successfully with individuals despite their challenging behaviour?
If so, St Giles Trust is looking for a Gangs & Exploitation Mentor to join our SOS+ team and deliver a new service that will address these important social issues across Avon & Somerset through both face-to-face and virtual mentoring support.
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.
Our award-winning SOS+ Service works with young people in a variety of settings by delivering sessions and workshops in schools, Pupil Referral Units, Community Centres and to Youth Offender Teams. The mission of SOS+ is to prevent children and young people becoming involved in gangs and youth violence by equipping them with tools, knowledge and support delivered by experts with lived experience.
About this vital role
One of your main challenges will be to provide 1:1 mentoring support for young people at-risk of exploitation and criminality aged 8-18 who have been identified needing specialised support from a skilled mentor with lived experience of the issues these young people are facing. In addition, as first point of contact, you’ll liaise with relevant funders, attend partnership meetings and ensuring the successful delivery of positive outcomes.
Maintaining the high standards of the project will be important too, as will compiling reports when required. A great opportunity to contribute towards the overarching aim of reducing risk, harm and exclusions, it will involve working closely with A&S police force, schools and PRUs and developing relationships based on trust while prioritising safeguarding. You’ll also work alongside other multi-agency teams, attend key meetings and feed intelligence back in. As most of the sessions will be delivered remotely, you can be based outside of the geographical area of Avon & Somerset.
What we are looking for:
- To have lived, personal experience of the Criminal Justice System, and/or being involved in a gang or knife crime
- A confident mentor with experience of partnership working who can coordinate a project without a team around them
- Someone who is comfortable working alongside a variety of professionals as part of a multi-agency team
- A relevant qualification, or willingness to work towards one, plus knowledge of safeguarding practices and policies
- Strong IT skills, confident with virtual communication platforms like MS Teams and Zoom, and has the ability to use and develop monitoring systems to record all aspects of work
- Desirable - A full current driving license and willingness to travel across Avon & Somerset as required
In return, you can expect a competitive salary, generous leave allowance, access to clinical supervision, staff pension, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice and counselling service, access to clinical supervisions, season ticket loan and much more.
St Giles will guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria set out in the Job Description for the vacancy.
Closing date: 11pm, 1st November. Interviews: Friday 6th November (please note shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via video).