Youth Worker

Administration - Wiltshire

Ref: 640Tuesday 5 July 2022

£24,982-£27,741 pro-rata

Job Title Youth Worker 
Location Swindon
Sector Care
Salary £24,982 to £27,741p/annum pro rata
Annual Leave    25 days, plus 2 statutory days to be take at client's discretion   
Pension Eligible for Wiltshire Pension Fund
     Working Hours

20 hrs p/week 

      Will involve working unsociable hours          

 

Our client is a local authority, responsible for delivering front-line community services that residents value. The services and facilities that our client offer include: Delivering Grounds Maintenance and Street Cleaning services, Managing 14 allotment sites, Maintaining 21 play areas, Managing 3 public parks, Managing a Community Centre and a Library, Running an Events Service.

Since 2020 they have run a Youth Service, starting with one Youth Worker and subsequently adding a second Youth Worker in 2021. Since they developed its Youth Service provision our client has: Ran a Youth Club, Worked with schools inside to provide targeted support to their students, Supported children who are new to Swindon from another country, Supported children who needed support with their mental health, Supported children with behavioural difficulties, Organised school holiday activities like Easter Egg Trails.

They are keen to engage more young people and provide a comprehensive youth service with a planned programme of activities. The post holder will play a key role in delivering this programme of activities.

 

Youth Worker Duties

Youth Work Programme

  • Fully engage and participate in the shaping of the Youth Work programme, ensuring the programme is safe, inclusive, exceptional, and cost effective. The programme will focus on providing activities for young people that will enhance their personal development (including emotional development).
  • Work as part of a team on delivering the Youth Work programme, in cooperation with other Youth Worker's and volunteers. Where appropriate, this will be in partnership with partner agencies such as local schools, the Borough Council, Wiltshire Police, community groups and local charities.
  • Investigate successful Youth Work programmes delivered by other organisations and advise the Youth Working Party on the suitability of these activities.

Working with Parish Councillors and the Community 

  • Promote and communicate the youth service, raising awareness of the youth work programme to young people and families
  • Allocate and manage organisational resources in conjunction with the youth working party- making requests for budget resource when necessary.
  • Provide the Youth Working Party with reports, summarising all aspects of the youth work programme, including the outcomes achieved through this programme.
  • When appropriate, support initiatives that are led by our partner agencies that supports the desired outcomes of the youth work programme.

Safeguarding and Health & Safety

  • Ensure a safe approach is taken to working with young people, especially regarding safeguarding and DBS requirements.
  • Ensure policies and procedures are observed when participating in Youth Work activities.
  • Take appropriate training to ensure the Youth Service is delivered safely and effectively, as well as complying with all current legislation.
  • Identify and manage risks when participating in Youth Work. This includes completing risk assessments and other health and safety documentation. 

General

  • Act as one of the main contacts for people wishing to access or require information of the Parish Council’s Youth Service.
  • Carry out other duties commensurate with the nature of this post.

 

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience of working with children and young people, including in a youth work or educational setting.
  • Experience of managing a programme of work with young people, including the planning and delivery of this work.
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders to effectively implement work with young people.
  • Experience of effectively managing volunteers and premises, when working with young people.
  • Knowledge of Youth Work values and principles and how these are implemented into practice.
  • Experience of working in accordance with national, local and organisational Child Protection and Safeguarding policies, including a knowledge of how to respond to cases of potential or actual child abuse.
  • Experience of managing resources and providing reports for stakeholders on your work with young people.
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office software to effectively work with children

Other Requirements 

  • Happy to undergo an enhanced DBS Check
  • Acceptance of flexible working and unsocial hours 
  • Holds full clean UK Driving licence (and own car)
    • Mileage rate is 45p per mile