Job description

Outreach Support Workers will join the on the ground team of local professionals and international volunteers in northern France to provide a lifeline to unaccompanied minors residing outside of state care. The areas of expertise brought by new volunteers will be used to enhance the weekly program of activities provided by RYS, whilst informing practices and procedures across the organisation as a whole. This position is voluntary but accommodation is provided. We are looking for people to join us for a minimum of 2 months. 

RYS is looking for volunteers with key skills and experience in a range of specialist areas of interest, including but not limited to:

  • Child Protection & Safeguarding

  • Education (especially those with a psycho-educational background)

  • Art Therapy

  • Physical Education 



Key Areas of Accountability

  • Designing and delivering daily/weekly activities to minors from a range of backgrounds, aged between 10 and 17

  • Being a positive role model with a clear understanding of safeguarding and working practices when working with unaccompanied minors

  • Working in unison with a culturally diverse team member, via a child-centered approach

  • Maintaining communication with the rest of the youth team to ensure information surrounding a minor is shared efficiently and sensitively 

  • Complying with the RYS Code of Conduct, Safeguarding and Data Protection Policies and Procedures.



Relevant Qualifications and Experience 


  • Experience working with children and young people, and providing targeted and structured activities to this group 

  • Ability to engage with children/adolescents from different cultural backgrounds 

  • Willingness to work in a culturally diverse team and complete tasks outside of the specific job role 

  • Capacity to work in a dynamic, unpredictable and often intensive context

  • Enhanced DBS check (this can be completed by RYS free of charge)

  • Proficient spoken and written English 




  • Experience working with children and young people aged 11-17 yrs who have been displaced and are unaccompanied. A background in social work, teaching, psychology or any other relevant field 

  • Experience working for or alongside NGOs 

  • Drivers License and willingness to drive as part of the role (using company vehicles)

  • Good knowledge of children’s/adolescent’s rights and related matters 

  • Good understanding of equal opportunities, cultural diversity, and gender issues

  • Ability to converse in French and/or any of the languages that young people speak: Tigrinya, Amharic, Oromo, Pashto, Dari/Farsi, Arabic, Sorani.

More about Refugee Youth Service
Refugee Youth Service

Our History

RYS was founded in 2015 to give protection to the ever-growing number of unaccompanied minors residing i... Read more

Posted on: 30 August 2019
Closed date: 28 November 2019
Job ref: RYSF1
Tags: Support Worker, Social Work

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