Staines, Surrey
£28000.00-£28000.00 per year
Contract, Part-time
Job description

Are you looking for a challenging yet rewarding role that can make a huge difference to a vulnerable young person’s life?

YMCA Downslink group are seeking an experienced WiSE Project Worker to join our innovative, award winning WiSE team in Surrey. You will join us on a part-time, fixed-term basis working 22 hours per week until 31st March 2023. We offer hybrid working – on site and from home. In return, you will receive a competitive salary of £28,000 per annum (pro-rata).

WiSE is a specialist sexual exploitation service, delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group and operating across East Sussex, Brighton & Hove and Surrey.

As our WiSE Project Worker you will be providing holistic and child centred support to children and young people ranging from 10 – 25 years old across North Surrey. The WiSE Project supports children and young people experiencing, or at risk of sexual exploitation. This role is funded by Heathrow Community Trust and will support children and young people withing the boroughs of Spelthorne and Runnymede in Surrey.

You will be co-located at Staines Police Station with their Exploitation Team, but with opportunities to work from home. However, much of your time will be spent supporting children and young people within the community and the role involve significant time lone working.

We prefer to see experience in supporting children and young people who have experienced abuse or trauma. This role may suit someone with a charity, youth or social work background.

Key responsibilities of our WiSE Project Worker:

  • Providing intense support to a caseload of children and young people who have been identified as being at significant risk of, or victims of sexual exploitation, with the possibility of some cases being victims of criminal exploitation
  • Creating and delivering holistic, child-centred support plans to keep them safe from harm and increase their understanding of sexual and criminal exploitation
  • Providing expertise and advocate for children and young people within multi-disciplinary safeguarding meetings and work collaboratively with other professionals to support interventions which keep children and young people safe and disrupt the activity of perpetrators
  • Offering support and guidance to other professionals, to develop their skills and knowledge when working with children at risk of exploitation
  • Maintaining confidentiality of YMCA DownsLink Group and other partner agencies
  • Attending and participate fully in YMCA DownsLink Group staff team meetings, staff training programme and supervisions
  • Supporting with any other appropriate duties as directed by line manager

 What we are looking for in our ideal WiSE Project Worker:

  • Experience of case work with young people aged 10 to 25 years old and delivering holistic, child centred support
  • Experience of working with vulnerable young people who have experienced abuse or trauma
  • A Current driving licence and access to your own car
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends
  • Good level of IT competency including maintaining accurate case notes and data monitoring

The position comes with excellent benefits, including 27 days annual leave per annum (plus bank holidays), a company sick pay scheme, a life assurance policy of 2x your annual salary, a health and wellbeing cash plan, and a cycle to work scheme. Please download a job pack for more information about other benefits offered.

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

Please visit our website and go to the Work for Us page to view this vacancy. Please note that we do not accept CV's. All applications must be submitted by hitting the Apply for this Post found at the bottom of the vacancy on the YMCA website.

 Closing date for applications: Monday 29th November 2021

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Posted on: 10 November 2021
Closed date: 06 December 2021
Job ref: KSSURRWPW1011
Tags: Project Management, Support Worker