Young People's Support Worker - Casual

Location
Kingston upon Thames
Salary
Negotiable
Posted
03 Oct 2017
Closes
02 Nov 2017
Ref
MK-AFC-634
Function
Volunteers
Hours
Part Time
Contract Type
Temporary


We are looking to recruit a number of casual staff to join our Young People's Supported Accommodation Service (YPSAS). The new staff will become part of the YPSAS staff bank and be on call to provide Support Worker shift cover as and when required. Shifts will mainly consist of evening and night cover until midnight, sleep-in duties and throughout the weekend. There will also be opportunities to work during the day. Staff are also required to work outside of usual office hours, such as Christmas and New Year, which is paid at double rate.

This is an exciting time to join the YPSAS as we are currently expanding our service. We currently have an eight bed supported accommodation facility, and at the end of the year we will be opening a new facility for 17 care leavers. Those recruited would be expected to offer support to the whole service, across both facilities.

The staff bank staff will be expected to work with the permanent staff to support care leavers to provide a range of housing related support to ensure they develop the necessary life skills needed for independent living and to maintain their accommodation. Duties will include contributing to our life skills programme, taking on responsibility for health and safety, reporting and managing repairs, as well as keeping the property to a high standard by cleaning during shifts where required.

These are extremely rewarding roles that will see the post holders supporting vulnerable young people to reach their potential and preventing homelessness.

The post holders will be expected to work independently and will need to be excellent team players. The role requires experience working with young people and experience in a supported accommodation setting. You will also need to have excellent written skills, the ability to inspire, the passion to deliver quality services and a healthy dose of humour.

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

For an informal discussion please contact Caroline Sakala on 07748884822 or email .

AfC was recently named as Social Work Employer of the Year for 2016 at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year awards ceremony, beating off competition from local authorities and national agencies to win the award. We were recognised for our work to encourage innovation and empower staff, building a strong team spirit, and investing in staff development.

We offer a range of excellent staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, cycle to work scheme, annual season ticket loan, childcare vouchers, and discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres and much more.

The successful candidate will have access to:

* Excellent learning and development opportunities and schemes of support
* A competitive and desirable retention package (to include a generous local government pension scheme)
* A clear progression path when key qualification milestones are reached
* Tools and models to support practice, including Signs of Safety
* Reflective supervision from an experienced management team

You will find out more about our organisation on https://www.achievingforchildren.org.uk/

Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined on the role profile.

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided. However, should you not declare an offence that is subsequently revealed, e.g. through the DBS check, then this may place your appointment in jeopardy.

Advert Close: 20/10/2017
Provisional Interview Date: Week Commencing 30th October 2017