Are you looking for a rewarding role, making a positive difference in children’s and young people’s lives? Are you passionate about upholding children’s rights and helping them to speak out?
Reconstruct – Direct Children’s Services are looking for people to join our team of advocates covering the following areas:
Locations: Bristol, Gloucestershire, Milton Keynes, Reading, South Gloucestershire, Surrey
You will be working for an organisation whose focus is on enabling the voice of children & young people to be heard, improving their lives and ensuring they have the best possible outcomes.
As an advocate, you will empower children and young people to have a voice throughout their journey within the care system, and feel listened to, safe and cared for. You will support them to share their views, wishes and feelings about decisions being made regarding their care and education by the Local Authority, and ensure that these are actively considered;
The aim of this service:
Our aim is to provide high-quality, independent advocacy to enable improved outcomes for looked after children including leavers up to the age of 25; children subject to child protection planning; children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND); children & young people who wish to make a complaint about the service they receive.
The role of a Children’s Advocate:
- To empower children and young people feel heard and to grow in confidence
- To support children and young people to actively participate at their Child Protection Conferences and Child in Care review meetings
- To have the ability to build a rapport with a child or young person
- To assist children with raising complaints if they feel they need to
- To advocate on behalf of young people in different care settings
- Flexibility to fit in with the young person’s availability alongside your own commitments
- To be calm and confident in how you communicate with children & young people and with other professionals
- Some understanding of children’s social care and children with disabilities would be desirable but not necessary
- Part-Time Flexible hours – hours required are based upon hours needed with the matched child. We are totally transparent with each match as to how few or how many hours you can and are committed to – Ranging from 2 hours per week up to 12 hours per week.
- Office/School working hours, with occasional weekend requirements
- Paid Holiday allowance
- Generous salary £14.00 per hour + travel expenses paid, increasing to £14.42 after a years service
- Full Training and Ongoing support provided
- Social and fun company to work with
- Develop new skills to further enhance your personal or professional aspirations
- Hugely rewarding role with children and young people
- Matched Advocacy opportunities
- A chance to make a real impact on the lives of children & young people.
- Personal development plans
- Regular supervision, team meetings and peer support.
What we are looking for:
- Previous experience of working with children and young people / adults is essential
- A clean driving licence and access to your own car or good links to public transport
- Basic computer skills are necessary
- An enhanced DBS check will be undertaken if applicant is successful
- Effective organisation of time, responsive and able to accurately record/report
As part of the recruitment process, candidates will be required to attend necessary training for the role.
If you are interested to find out more about this role, send a CV and covering letter detailing your experience to email@example.com