Are you passionate about supporting young refugees and asylum seekers to improve their lives and reach their potential? Do you have exceptional partnership development skills and the drive to lead dynamic teams to have a real impact?
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced youth worker with energy, compassion and resilience to make a real change to the life chances of young men in the UK asylum system. As part of Young Roots’ Brent team, the Youth Welfare Officer (YWO) will work to support young men and promote their well-being in initial asylum accommodation in the area.
The Youth Welfare Officer will be responsible for supporting young men 18-25 years, from the Initial Accommodation Centre (IAC) through to dispersal accommodation, helping them to access a range of social, emotional and practical support while they navigate the complex and challenging processes of the UK asylum system. The context of IACs is challenging and the postholder will need to be able to work under pressure. The YWO will act as a consistent and stable point of contact for young men, responsible for making initial contact; resolving immediate issues where possible; building trust; accompanying, referring and signposting to appropriate services and activities; ensuring that their safety and wellbeing are paramount. The postholder will need to be able to work under pressure.
S/he will be based within Young Roots, maintaining a regular and consistent presence within the IAC, and associated venues, as well as the team base in Brent. They will work within the framework of Young Roots’ values taking an assetbased approach and employing youth participation principles. The Officer will be additionally supported by nominated advisers from Migrant Help, tasked with identifying and referring young men for support.
An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) certificate is required for this role.
Young Roots is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, particularly those with lived experience of the asylum system.
To apply, please complete the attached forms and visit our website for further information on where to send your application.
Closing date for applications: Monday 27th September 9am
Interviews: Tuesday 5th October.