Young People Support Worker
The service provides support to young people aged 16-21 with medium support needs to promote independence and prepare them to move on into independent accommodation.The successful candidate will be required to work 37.5 hours per week, working from Monday - Sunday on a rota basis, covering early (9AM - 5PM), mid (11AM - 7PM) and late (1PM - 9PM) shifts.
There is a requirement to work two weekends on/two weekends off.
In this position, you will be responsible for;- Holding a caseload of 9 key clients and carrying out regular key working sessions resulting in agreed SMART Support Plans which are reviewed regularly- Completing comprehensive and on-going needs and risk assessments- Ensure that safeguarding and addressing the immediate needs of the young person are paramount to service delivery- In conjunction with colleagues interview and comprehensively assess referrals to the project to ensure the criteria is met and suitable young people are accepted- Provide a safe, welcoming, good standard of accommodation.
Once referrals are accepted to ensure new residents are made to feel comfortable and are given information concerning the building and other local services- Work with mediation or other social workers to enable young people to move back home if appropriate.- Support young people to identify opportunities for move-on to appropriate PRS, other supported, shared or self-contained accommodation and make appropriate referrals- Work with young people to identify activities that they would like to take part in, to prepare them for independence and move through- Support young people that are ready to move into work, education or training by assisting them to access suitable courses or placements- Work with young people to maximise benefit entitlements and assist young people for eventual move on into independent accommodation.To apply for this role, you must have;- Experience of working with at-risk young adults in a residential setting and ability to demonstrate through practice how 'Every Child Matters' relates to the young people living in our accommodation- Experience of applying effective ways of working with young people, in particular; YP's with mental health and attachment needs including emerging personality disorder and/or significant self harm- Experience of working in a recovery focused way and a good understanding of the principles and how they can be related to risk and needs assessment, planning, goal-setting and reviewing with young people- Experience of working with young people to develop life skills and support their involvement in meaningful activities.- Knowledge of welfare benefits for under 21's, rents and service charges.