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Project Worker - 2 roles

The Care Leavers Association
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£23,541 - £27,741
Closing date
31 Aug 2021
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The Care Leavers Association: Project Workers – Two Roles

The Care Leavers Association is a national, user-led charity which seeks to improve the lives of adults of all ages who were in care as children. If you were in care as a child (in foster care, children’s homes or other forms of state care) then you could work for us.

We are looking to recruit for 2 exciting roles

Criminal Justice Project Worker

Wellbeing and Mental Health Project Worker

Criminal Justice Project – Far too many looked after children are criminalised by the care system and then effectively abandoned to the clutches of the criminal justice system. We have played a leading role, for many years, in trying to change that reality. Our project seeks policy change at national and local levels as well as improved support for individual care leavers. You will engage with care leavers across the criminal justice system, develop campaigns and work with a wide range of people and organisations.

Wellbeing and Mental Health Project – The mental health and wellbeing of many young care leavers is routinely neglected by the agencies meant to support them. Our project addresses this gap. You will work with young care leavers in one-to-one or group settings, supporting them to improve their wellbeing and self-esteem. You will also work with a wide range of sympathetic organisations and individuals, in order to give young care leavers the social and emotional skills needed to make the most of their future opportunities.

Who are we looking for?

For both of these roles, you will have experienced being in care yourself as a child. You will also have experience of working – whether in a voluntary or a paid role - with disadvantaged young people. You will be highly motivated and able to work with little supervision. You will be able to build and maintain good relationships, both within the CLA and outside it, with a wide range of organisations and individuals. You will have good communication skills, be well organised and, on occasion, able to work to deadlines.

For the Criminal Justice Project Worker post, knowledge of the work of the criminal justice system – especially the youth justice system – in England and Wales will be desirable. For the Wellbeing and Mental Health Project Worker post, knowledge of emotional health and wellbeing issues amongst young people, and the current range of professional responses to those issues, is desirable.

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