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Youth Workers 

Chance UK has been delivering early-intervention mentoring programmes across London since 1995. We are currently looking for up to ten youth workers across two of our mentoring programmes; Explore & Empower and STEP.

We are currently running all of our mentoring services via online platforms and phone to adhere to the current government guidance on the prevention of the spread of Coronavirus. We will resume with face to face sessions as and when the government guidance allows and in discussion with individual families.  

Key Information  

Job Title:  Youth Worker  

Reporting to: Programme Lead

Salary: £12 per hour 

Hours: Part time (approximately 12-22 hours per week) 

During term-time, these hours will be predominantly at weekends during the daytime and after school during the week, to fit alongside families’ availability. During school holidays these hours could swap to accommodate some weekday daytimes. 

Location: Islington and online

Duration:  June 2020 until April 2021 

Proposed start date: June 2020 

About the role: 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 currently running all of our mentoring services via online platforms and phone to adhere to the current government guidance on the prevention of the spread of Coronavirus. We will resume with face to face sessions as and when the government guidance allows and in discussion with individual families.  

Explore & Empower is Chance UK’s flagship early intervention programme that supports 5-12 year old children with behavioural and emotional difficulties and their parents/carers. This nine month-long programme empowers children to develop their skills, confidence and life aspirations through weekly mentoring sessions alongside 1:1 and group support for parents and carers 

STEP transitions mentoring is Chance UK’s newest programme that supports year 6s and year 7s (and their parents/carers) as they make the move to secondary school. In this six month-long programme, each child will receive weekly mentoring sessions and group support, helping them to develop skills confidence and strategies to manage the changes ahead, successfully navigate their first months of secondary school and beyond. 

This programme is designed for children who have current/past involvement from CAMHS. The families we work with have often experienced challenges in life e.g. trauma and we use solution-focused techniques to help strengthen relationships and explore their preferred future. 

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 6 children for a six-nine-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, online or 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 

Person specification: 

Essential 

  • Significant experience supporting children or young people on a 1:1 basis 

  • Strong understanding of the context and challenges facing vulnerable children and families 

  • Strong understanding of the impacts of domestic violence and how these might present in children  

  • Safeguarding training successfully completed to a level 3 standard within the last 18 months. Evidence of this training (dated provider’s certificate) should be provided at interview. 

  • Ability to work in a child-centred manner; quickly building trust and rapport with a child  

  • Commitment to seeing each child complete the full six- or nine-month programme once started 

  • Ability to have motivational conversations about topics children find challenging in a non-judgemental and child-centred way 

  • Willingness to take part in a range of activities depending on the child’s interests 

  • Agreement to stick within the monthly budget for activities and to claim expenses promptly at the end of every month 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills  

  • Excellent time-management and organisational skills  

  • Own transport or ability to use public transport to travel between family homes 

  • Flexibility with scheduling own working hours, whilst bearing in mind that all sessions with a child must take place outside of school time 

Desirable 

  • A professional qualification in youth work, social work, child development, education or a related field 

  • Experience supporting children in the 5-13 age range on a 1:1 basis 

  • Experience working in a trauma-informed way 

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.  

Please send a CV and 1 page covering letter to recruitment@chanceuk.com 

Closing Date:

Thursday June 25th 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. 

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.