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Youth Workers (Up to 5 positions across North and South London)

About the role:

Chance UK has been delivering early-intervention mentoring programmes across London since 1995. Mentors pick the child up from home and run a 1:1 session in the community, once a week for 2-4 hours. They use the solution-focused approach to work on building the child’s self-esteem and confidence, set goals and explore new places.

We are running a project in collaboration with Victim Support to offer mentoring to 5-11 year olds who have witnessed domestic abuse, called Safer Space+. All children on the programme have also taken part in Victim Support’s 8-week therapeutic intervention. Whilst our work is always child-led, we anticipate that this programme could involve particularly challenging conversations or behaviour, and Chance UK are therefore looking for Youth Workers with experience of successfully navigating similar situations to mentor a small caseload of children on this programme.

Key responsibilities:

  • Attending Chance UK’s mentor training (either two full days or three evenings) and delivering a structured mentoring programme according to the principles and ethos outlined
  • Mentoring a caseload of up to 5 children for a six-month duration. Every effort will be made to allocate Youth Workers to children who live in a close area so that sessions can be completed as efficiently as possible
  • Meeting each child on a weekly basis, picking up/dropping off at home, building rapport, and planning appropriate activities according to their individual interests, abilities and goals
  • Taking full responsibility for the child’s safety and welfare when out in the community together
  • Liaising directly with each parent/carer to ensure sessions happen every week
  • Completing an online report for each session within 24 hours of it taking place
  • Understanding and abiding by all of Chance UK’s policies and procedures
  • Following Chance UK’s safeguarding procedures and acting on any concerns within an appropriate timeframe
  • Attending a graduation ceremony at the end of the mentoring period, and abiding with Chance UK’s no-contact policy with families after this date
  • Working pro-actively with the Programme Manager to achieve the best outcomes for each child, and flagging up issues that arise
  • Attending a monthly 1:1 supervision with the Programme Manager at Chance UK’s office in Finsbury Park during office hours

Essential competencies:

  • A flexible team player who thrives on a diverse work portfolio.
  • Is solution focused and pre-empts problems by seeking guidance or taking action.
  • Pursues tasks/goals with energy, drive and a need for completion.
  • A self-motivated individual with the ability to work effectively under pressure and with minimal supervision.
  • Committed to diversity and implementing equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential information.

The job description is a general outline of the duties and responsibilities the post holder may be required to undertake other duties as may reasonably be required from time to time.

Please see the following Job Description for the Personal Specification:

Youth Worker job description

Please send a CV and 1 page covering letter to recruitment@chanceuk.com by Monday 10th February 2020.

We are looking for successful candidates to start as soon as possible and therefore applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and interviews scheduled accordingly.

Trustee Vacancies (Voluntary Role)

The Chance UK team are passionate about creating child-centred, solution-focused interventions which make a difference. We are a forward thinking team, creatively looking at ways of adapting and growing our programmes, whilst continuing to deliver best practice.

We are looking for two committed Trustees  – one with expertise in Fundraising and one with experience in Communications or Evaluation who share our values, to join the Board during this time of growth and change.

For further information please see the attached job description

Trustee Role Description 

Volunteering opportunities:

Chance UK is looking for volunteer mentors!

If you’d like more information about mentoring with Chance UK please visit our Become a Mentor section where you will find all the details of how to apply. We hope to hear from you soon!