Southwark, London
£26959.94 per annum (includes London Weighting)
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Victim Support is looking for a Children & Young People's Youth Advocate position for our Southwark Hub.

Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity providing a range of specialist services to people who have been affected by crime across England and Wales. We work towards a world where there are fewer victims but who have stronger rights, better support and a real influence in the Criminal Justice System. Everyone at VS is driven by our Vision Ambitions and Values to play their part in making a difference for those who experience crime and traumatic events. Working for VS gives you the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing high quality services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

Are you passionate about working with young people? Do you have what it takes to support young victims and witnesses of serious youth violence and young people impacted by serious youth violence homicide? VS is looking to recruit the right person with the right experience to our CYP Youth Advocate position for our Southwark Hub, covering Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham.

The main purpose of the Youth Advocate is to deliver a specialist service to young victims or witnesses of gang related crimes or serious youth violence (SYV), including SYV homicide. The main duties and responsibilities of this role include delivering trauma informed support, using appropriate service guidance and policy framework, both on a 1:1 basis and work in partnership with other professional colleagues in the boroughs. You will develop and deliver innovative interventions to address the needs of children and young people and involve them in service design, delivery and evaluation. The role will also require you to develop excellent working relationships with partner agencies and undertake detached / outreach youth work with Youth and Community workers engaging with hard to reach and hard to engage young people within their own communities. The role will also involve supporting young people affected by serious youth violence homicide's and responding to SYV incidents, ensuring the community is aware of the service and support available to them. This is a demanding role, that requires being able to adapt and respond quickly.

The successful candidate must have in depth knowledge, understanding and awareness of the current issues for children and young people experiencing crime, gangs culture and serious youth violence. You will have a proven track record of successfully delivering services for children and young people and successful youth engagement in a comparable role within a service-driven organisation, including knowledge of contextual safeguarding issues relating to young people, especially around gang cultures.

VS are committed to recruiting with care and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Background checks, Police vetting and Disclosed Barring Service checks will be required.

Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans and the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.

Applications MUST be explicit enough to provide good evidence and examples against the shortlisting criteria, which are marked in the person specification. In order to apply, please create a profile in our website (jobs section), complete and submit an online application form.

Victim Support is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe having a diverse workforce at all levels allows us to represent the communities we serve and connect better with people affected by crime. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all communities and monitor the diversity of applicants to analyse if we are representative of the communities we serve in terms of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, age and socio-economic status. As part of our commitment to the Race at Work Charter we would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities.

If you have the drive to make a difference within an organisation which makes a difference we look forward to hearing from you.

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Posted on: 30 July 2021
Closed date: 22 August 2021
Job ref: 3490
Tags: Advocacy, Support Worker