Reconstruct UK

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Vacancies

At Reconstruct we ensure our staff / workers / volunteers are skilled in being able to adapt accordingly, offering a tailored approach to working with children & young people.

Reconstruct is committed to equality and diversity within our work force. We are actively encouraging applicants from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our staff. We actively work towards being a diverse workforce and are genuinely committed to encouraging candidates from diverse communities, in order to improve the services to the children and young people we help. We are particularly keen to hear from those who have some experience of working with Children with Disabilities and SEND

Please note that any offer of employment / volunteering will be made subject to references, confirmation of the right to work in the UK, and satisfactory enhanced DBS check.

Due to the nature of the role working with vulnerable children we reserve the right to undertake social media search and review what is in the public domain.

Reconstruct, would love the opportunity of discussing any of the roles further and encourage interested applicants to apply for further information and the opportunity of an initial informal interview.

Reconstruct (Children and Adult Services) Ltd is an established brand with a developing and exciting future. Since 1990 we have been providing a range of statutory services and consultancy to the children’s and adult social care sectors across the UK – we are ready to do more!

Due to demand we are investing in the provision of a specialist recruitment service that will support those organisations looking for exceptional, management level candidates across the health, education and social care sectors.  This is an exciting time for our organization and a career defining opportunity for the right candidate – if you are looking for the security of an established company with the outlook and ethos of an entrepreneurial start up, then this may be the opportunity for you!

As a senior, seasoned Recruitment professional you will have demonstrable experience of setting up new services and/or penetrating new markets and geographies.  This dual role requires a combination of hands-on recruitment expertise as well as entrepreneurial drive to ensure the successful set up and delivery of our recruitment service.

Responsibilities:

Service set up

  1. Service and Team Set Up:
    • Establish systems, processes and plans to mobilise the new service
    • Attract and onboard a recruitment team to support the growth of the service

Service management and growth

  1. Candidate Sourcing and Selection:
    • Identify, attract, and assess potential candidates through various channels, including job boards, social media, networking, and referrals.
    • Conduct thorough interviews and assessments to evaluate candidates’ skills, experience, and cultural fit.
  1. Client Relationship Management:
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with clients to understand their hiring needs and deliver tailored recruitment solutions.
    • Provide regular updates and feedback to clients on the recruitment progress.
  1. Job Advertising and Marketing:
    • Create job descriptions and advertisements.
    • Develop marketing strategies to attract a diverse pool of qualified candidates.
  1. Negotiation and Offer Management:
    • Handle salary negotiations and facilitate the offer management process.
    • Ensure a positive candidate experience by managing expectations and addressing concerns.

Management:

  1. Team Leadership:
    • Lead, mentor, and manage a team of recruitment consultants.
    • Provide guidance and support to ensure team members meet performance targets and goals.
  1. Process Improvement:
    • Continuously evaluate and enhance recruitment processes for efficiency and effectiveness.
    • Implement best practices and stay updated on industry trends.
  1. Performance Metrics:
    • Set and monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) for the recruitment team.
    • Review data and provide regular reports on team and individual performance.
  1. Client and Stakeholder Engagement:
    • Collaborate with senior management and other departments to understand overall business goals and align recruitment strategies accordingly.
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with clients, ensuring high levels of client satisfaction.
  1. Compliance:
    • Ensure compliance with relevant employment laws, regulations, and company policies.
    • Provide training and guidance to the team on compliance matters.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field, or a comparable level of work based experience.
  • Proven experience as a Recruitment Consultant, demonstrating success against targets.
  • Proven experience in setting up a new service or penetrating new markets/geographies within an existing service
  • Previous experience in a managerial or leadership role within recruitment.
  • Strong understanding of recruitment processes, sourcing techniques, and industry best practices.
  • Experience or an understanding of the social care, health and/or education sectors would be desirable.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.

This role requires a dynamic individual capable of balancing the demands of both recruitment consulting and managerial responsibilities. The successful candidate will contribute to the growth and success of the recruitment team while delivering exceptional service to clients and candidates.

Benefits of the role include:

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Location: Stockport
  • Hours: 35
  • Holidays: 25 days (plus bank holiday) increasing with length of service
  • Benefits include flexible working, additional leave, excellent pension scheme

Location: Newcastle

We are looking for professional experienced Freelance Independent Regulation 44 Visitors and Children’s social care consultants to join our team on a freelance basis in the Newcastle area.

You will be required to be a “critical friend” and provide thorough and impartial independent Regulation 44 visits to Children’s Homes and Services which are consistent with the National Quality Standards for Children’s Homes.

As a Regulation 44 Visitor you are required to have the following skills:

  • Understanding and Knowledge of regulated services and their inspection frameworks and also knowledge of current legislation and statutory guidance relating to children, young people and adults at risk, particularly those in residential care.
  • Have experience of working within a social or health care organisation, safeguarding and experience of managing complex relationships across a diverse field, e.g. social workers, OFSTED inspectors, residential care workers and registered managers, health care professionals.
  • Experience and knowledge of child protection and safeguarding children and young people.
  • Ability to easily build rapport an identify with children, young people and staff teams.
  • Ability in the long term to commit to visiting homes on a monthly basis.
  • Excellent communication skills, good report writing skills and a high level of critical analysis.
  • Provide detailed reports and action plans.
  • Excellent time management in order to provide detailed reports in a timely manner
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  • Preferably professional qualification in a related field, i.e. social work, residential care, health care professional, advocacy or youth work.

At Reconstruct we provide:

  • Professional support and guidance.
  • A set template and Reconstruct methodology for undertaking visits.

Reconstruct operates safer recruitment procedures to ensure the protection of the children, young people and adults at risk we work with. If you are successful an enhanced DBS check will be required prior to undertaking visits.

Locations: Nationwide

We are looking for professional experienced Freelance Independent Regulation 44 Visitors and Children’s social care consultants to join our team on a freelance basis in the Newcastle area.

You will be required to be a “critical friend” and provide thorough and impartial independent Regulation 44 visits to Children’s Homes and Services which are consistent with the National Quality Standards for Children’s Homes.

As a Regulation 44 Visitor you are required to have the following skills:

  • Understanding and Knowledge of regulated services and their inspection frameworks and also knowledge of current legislation and statutory guidance relating to children, young people and adults at risk, particularly those in residential care.
  • Have experience of working within a social or health care organisation, safeguarding and experience of managing complex relationships across a diverse field, e.g. social workers, OFSTED inspectors, residential care workers and registered managers, health care professionals.
  • Experience and knowledge of child protection and safeguarding children and young people.
  • Ability to easily build rapport an identify with children, young people and staff teams.
  • Ability in the long term to commit to visiting homes on a monthly basis.
  • Excellent communication skills, good report writing skills and a high level of critical analysis.
  • Provide detailed reports and action plans.
  • Excellent time management in order to provide detailed reports in a timely manner
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance.
  • Preferably professional qualification in a related field, i.e. social work, residential care, health care professional, advocacy or youth work.

 

At Reconstruct we provide:

  • Professional support and guidance.
  • A set template and Reconstruct methodology for undertaking visits.
  • Research briefings on best practice in social care.
  • Access to online procedures for children’s homes.

Reconstruct operates safer recruitment procedures to ensure the protection of the children, young people and adults at risk we work with. If you are successful an enhanced DBS check will be required prior to undertaking visits.

This is a full-time permanent position:

Reconstruct have an exciting opportunity and are currently recruiting for a growing therapeutically led Children’s Residential Care provider in the Northampton shire area. The role is to join the team as a Responsible Individual, overseeing the management of 2 dual-registered small homes. Working with a core staff team and manager, you will help to make a difference to the lives of young people in care.

This is a senior management level post and requires previous leadership and management experience.

Working with vulnerable children and young people you will be expected to:

  • Always work to safeguard the young people living in the homes
  • Possess a resilient approach, positive demeanour and attitude
  • Be aware of the aim of the homes and work collaboratively with all internal and external colleagues to achieve them

As the Responsible Individual, you will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the highest quality of care is provided to the young people living in the homes
  • Ensuring that both residential services are compliant with regulations, and are performing to the highest standards, and in a manner that promotes a culture of continuous improvement, striving to secure best outcomes for all young people
  • Providing support and supervision to the homes’ dual-registered Manager
  • Providing training and guidance to the staff teams
  • Developing and sustaining effective relationships with external agencies, professional bodies, and stakeholders

You will have:

  • A proven track-record and experience of improving children’s services and achieving positive outcomes for children and young people
  • In-depth and working knowledge of The Quality Standards for Children’s Homes and The Children’s homes Regulations England (2015)
  • Good understanding and working knowledge of safeguarding processes
  • Experience in staff leadership and management and regulatory compliance
  • Level 3 in Health & Social Care (Children & Young people)
  • Level 5 in Leadership for Health & Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Service or equivalent experience

Salary £55000+/annum. Salary is negotiable depending on experience

Due to up and coming expansion, we are currently working with a small Northampton based organisation looking for a Registered Manager for their our Therapeutic 2-bedded Children’s Homes.

We are looking for candidates who have proven managerial skills in a Residential Care Setting and are passionate about improving the lives and outcomes for children and young people.

The role of the Registered Manager will be to have overall responsibility for day to day management of the Children’s Home. They will be accountable for the delivery of a high quality of service provision, incorporating care, welfare, safety and security of all children and young people in their care in order for them to achieve a secure base.

The successful candidate will be able to support, lead and manage a team of staff who will provide protection and support the children with their physical, psychological, emotional & social development in line with the Childrens Homes Regulation (England) 2015.

Person Specification

Essential

  • Experience of working in a management Role within a children’s residential care setting
  • Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Residential Service or equivalent
  • Physically fit, Resilient, enthusiastic and motivated person
  • Proven ability to lead staff teams and line management experience, including supervisions
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Calm, approachable manner, adaptable and non-judgemental
  • Able to work under own initiative and as part of a team
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Knowledge of Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • GCSE in Maths and English at C Grade or above
  • Ability to drive and holds a current driving licence

Desirable

  • NVQ or Diploma Level 5 in Leadership & Management in Residential Children’s Services or equivalent
  • Any relevant or transferrable skills
  • Knowledge of the Children Act & Children’s Homes Regulations
  • Understanding and knowledge of Therapeutic Approach to Childcare

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ensure that young people receive a sensitive residential service which best meets their individual social, racial, psychological, educational, cultural, physical identity and health care needs according to the Statement of Purpose of the Home and organisations policies and procedures.
  • They will demonstrate effective leadership to direct, develop, mentor and support the staff team to deliver person centered childcare working towards the best outcomes for each young person in their care.
  • The registered individual will be responsible for ensuring Health and Safety guidelines are adhered to.

Prescreening

How many years in a supervisory and leadership role experience do you have.

The candidate must have experience as a Registered Manager of a children’s home.

NVQ or Level 5 in Leadership and Management in residential children’s services or equivalent is essential.

Experience with setting up new children’s services is desirable.

Reconstruct are currently working with an organisation in the West Yorkshire Region, who are looking for an experienced Registered Manager to set up their first 3-bedded Children’s Home. 

We are looking for candidates who have a proven track record and managerial skills in a Residential Care Setting and are passionate about improving the lives and outcomes for children and young people.

The role of the Registered Manager will initially be to set up the home’s structure alongside the Responsible Individual, and have overall responsibility for day to day management of the Children’s Home. They will be accountable for the delivery of a high quality of service provision, incorporating care, welfare, safety and security of all children and young people in their care in order for them to achieve a secure base.

The organisation plan to expand their portfolio of homes once their first service is established, which will provide career development opportunities for the successful candidate.  

The successful candidate will be able to support, lead and manage a team of staff who will provide protection and support the children with their physical, psychological, emotional & social development in line with the Childrens Homes Regulation (England) 2015.

Person Specification

Essential

  • Experience of working in a Registered Managers Role within a children’s residential care setting
  • Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Residential Service or equivalent and NVQ or Diploma Level 5 in Leadership & Management in Residential Children’s Services or equivalent
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Ofsted Inspection guidelines
  • Physically fit, Resilient, enthusiastic and motivated person
  • Proven ability to lead staff teams and line management experience, including supervisions
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Able to work under own initiative and as part of a team
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Working knowledge of Child Protection & Safeguarding

Desirable

  • Experience of turning around homes and services who have experienced difficulties
  • Understanding and knowledge of Therapeutic Approach to Childcare
  • Experience with setting up new children’s services

Duties & Responsibilities

· Ensure that young people receive a sensitive residential service which best meets their individual social, racial, psychological, educational, cultural, physical identity and health care needs according to the home’s Statement of Purpose and organisations policies and procedures.

· They will demonstrate effective leadership to direct, develop, mentor and support the staff team to deliver person centered childcare working towards the best outcomes for each young person in their care.

· The registered individual will be responsible for ensuring Health and Safety guidelines are adhered to.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Ensure that young people receive a sensitive residential service which best meets their individual social, racial, psychological, educational, cultural, physical identity and health care needs according to the home’s Statement of Purpose and organisations policies and procedures.
  • They will demonstrate effective leadership to direct, develop, mentor and support the staff team to deliver person centered childcare working towards the best outcomes for each young person in their care.
  • The registered individual will be responsible for ensuring Health and Safety guidelines are adhered to.

Salary is: Up to £55,000 per annum + a bonus for inspection performance

Benefits of the role include:

  • Casual dress
  • Free or subsidised travel

Schedule: 

  • Flexible 

Experience 

  • In a supervisory and leadership role: 2 years (required)
  • Work Location: In person

Locations: Urgent in Reading, Bristol, Milton Keynes, South Gloucestershire, 

An Independent Visitor is an adult volunteer who befriends a young person in care and develops a long-term friendship with them. This often involves helping young people develop new interests, skills and hobbies or going on outings such as to the cinema, bowling or just a walk in the park.

Each volunteer is carefully matched with a child or young person in care in their local area who shares similar interests.

What do Independent Visitors do?

  • Visit a child to befriend them
  • Provide looked after children with someone to talk to who is independent of the local authority
  • Provide a consistent and reliable adult with a view to building a trusting and positive relationship with the child
  • Provide a child with the opportunity to try new activities and spend time with them away from their placement. This in turn can enhance progress and resilience of children, by building self-esteem, strengthening mental health and opening new social relationships outside of the care system.

What skills and experience do you need?

  • Interpersonal Skills – Ability to easily build rapport an identify with children and young people
  • Committed – Willing to commit to a child for at least one year and preferably two years
  • DBS Check – We will carry out safer recruitment checks and you will be required to have an Enhanced DBS check
  • Communication – Excellent communication skills, good report writing skills and a high level of critical analysis
  • Role Model – A good role model for a child or young person who may have experienced difficult times during their childhood

Remuneration

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team as an Independent Visitor. Full training and support will be given, and expenses reimbursed.

Other benefits of the role include:

  • Make a lasting difference to the life of a child or young person
  • Share fun activities and creative hobbies with a young person
  • Be a positive role model
  • Develop a long term trusting relationship
  • Gain experience of working with a young person in care
  • Excellent training, support and being part of an ethical and caring organisation

You must be 21+, available for flexible working and able to commit to a minimum of 1 year. As a volunteer, you would spend about 3-4 hours every month with your allocated child.

As part of the recruitment process, candidates will be required to attend necessary training for the role.

If you are interested in volunteering for Reconstruct, if you complete this form, one of the team will be in touch to have an initial call

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 recruitment@reconstruct.co.uk

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 mentors.

Location: Bristol

As a Care Leaver Mentor, you will provide vital support and guidance to young people who are transitioning out of the care system. This role requires empathy, patience, and a genuine passion for helping young individuals overcome the challenges they may face as they navigate the next steps of their lives. Working closely with your care leaver, you will empower them to develop essential life skills, achieve personal goals, support them to access local services and ultimately, enhance their opportunities and prospects for a successful future. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Build a strong rapport with care leavers, creating a safe and trusting environment
  • Act as a reliable and consistent presence in their lives, providing encouragement and motivation.
  • Work collaboratively with care leavers to identify their aspirations and set achievable goals
  • Provide guidance and support with action plans, helping them to develop self-confidence and take ownership of their future.
  • Assist care leavers in acquiring essential life skills, including budgeting, household management, cooking, personal hygiene, and independent living.
  • Offer emotional support and help them develop coping strategies to overcome any emotional or mental health challenges they may face.
  • Education and employment support:
  • Advocate for care leavers in their educational or vocational pathways, ensuring they have the necessary resources, information, and opportunities to pursue their desired career paths.
  • Offer guidance on completing applications, writing CVs, preparing for interviews, and accessing relevant educational or employment services.
  • Networking and partnership building:
  • Collaborate with community organisations, educational institutions, youth services, and potential employers to identify and secure supportive resources and opportunities for care leavers.
  • Engage and actively participate in local networks and community services to facilitate the empowerment of individuals, encouraging them to build their self-esteem and become actively involved in their community.
  • Liaise with the mentoring co-ordinator to ensure effective communication and collaboration in supporting care leavers.
  • Regularly assess the progress and achievements of care leavers, ensuring that their goals are being met effectively.
  • Maintain comprehensive records and documentation to monitor progress, capture feedback, and contribute to evaluation reports.

Qualifications and skills:

  • A genuine passion for supporting care leavers in their transition to independent living.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to develop trusting relationships with care leavers.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and empower young individuals to achieve their goals.
  • A good understanding of the challenges faced by care leavers and knowledge of local resources and services available to them.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills to effectively manage workload and meet deadlines.
  • Empathy, patience, and the ability to maintain professionalism and boundaries in challenging situations.
  • Prior experience in mentoring, counselling, social work, or a related field would be desirable.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, policies, and procedures pertaining to care leavers in your jurisdiction.
  • Due to the age of the young people we are working with and to ensure suitability of mentors, we kindly request applicants to be 23 years or older.

This job description is only a general outline of the responsibilities and qualifications required for a Care Leaver Mentor. Specific requirements may vary according to the young person and needs of the organisation.

Locations: Nationwide
The role is a freelance associate who can conduct Return Home Interviews for children and young people who are reported missing from home or care across England! Experience is not essential but would be a benefit.

The main areas but not limited to are

Across London

Birmingham 

Kent 

These need to be face to face for children and young people who have been reported as missing!

Travel will be required as these are not to be undertaken on the telephone. We will attempt to allocate referrals on a geographical area.

The requests for RHI’s must be responded to and conducted within 72 hours of the referral, so this a fast-paced piece of work, but is as and when required.

What we require:

  • Flexibility with working hours
  • Prepared to travel
  • Work evenings if required
  • Have experience working with children and young people
  • Can write a comprehensive report to submit back to the LA
  • Individuals with a good understanding of Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 and understanding of safeguarding procedures. (This will also be covered in the training
  • An understanding of what Advocacy as this is something we offer to the CYP if the reason they are going missing can be supported by having an Advocate (This will also be covered in the training). You will not be required to be undertake the advocacy if you are not experienced but would be good to have an understanding if the CYP would benefit from an Advocate.

What we offer:

  • Rate of pay is £15.00 an hour for the RHI and £11.44 per hour travel time.
  • Full training to undertake the role
  • Peer to peer group sessions
  • Enhanced DBS

Experience:

Working with children and young people: 1 year (preferred)

Work Location: On the road

If you are interested to find out more about this role, send a CV and covering letter detailing your experience to recruitment@reconstruct.co.uk

Volunteers

Locations: Bristol, Milton Keynes, South Gloucestershire, Birmingham

An Independent Visitor is an adult volunteer who befriends a young person in care and develops a long-term friendship with them. This often involves helping young people develop new interests, skills and hobbies or going on outings such as to the cinema, bowling or just a walk in the park.

Each volunteer is carefully matched with a child or young person in care in their local area who shares similar interests.

What do Independent Visitors do?

  • Visit a child to befriend them
  • Provide looked after children with someone to talk to who is independent of the local authority
  • Provide a consistent and reliable adult with a view to building a trusting and positive relationship with the child
  • Provide a child with the opportunity to try new activities and spend time with them away from their placement. This in turn can enhance progress and resilience of children, by building self-esteem, strengthening mental health and opening new social relationships outside of the care system.

What skills and experience do you need?

  • Interpersonal Skills – Ability to easily build rapport an identify with children and young people
  • Committed – Willing to commit to a child for at least one year and preferably two years
  • DBS Check – We will carry out safer recruitment checks and you will be required to have an Enhanced DBS check
  • Communication – Excellent communication skills, good report writing skills and a high level of critical analysis
  • Role Model – A good role model for a child or young person who may have experienced difficult times during their childhood

Remuneration

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team as an Independent Visitor. Full training and support will be given, and expenses reimbursed.

Other benefits of the role include:

  • Make a lasting difference to the life of a child or young person
  • Share fun activities and creative hobbies with a young person
  • Be a positive role model
  • Develop a long term trusting relationship
  • Gain experience of working with a young person in care
  • Excellent training, support and being part of an ethical and caring organisation

You must be 21+, available for flexible working and able to commit to a minimum of 1 year. As a volunteer, you would spend about 3-4 hours every month with your allocated child.

As part of the recruitment process, candidates will be required to attend necessary training for the role.

If you are interested in volunteering for Reconstruct, if you complete this form, one of the team will be in touch to have an initial call

Advocates

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 recruitment@reconstruct.co.uk

Return home interviewers

Locations: Nationwide
The role is a freelance associate who can conduct Return Home Interviews for children and young people who are reported missing from home or care across England! Experience is not essential but would be a benefit.

The main areas but not limited to are

London….. NW4

Romford… RM6

London… SW20

Aylesbury…

These need to be face to face for children and young people who have been reported as missing!

Travel will be required as these are not to be undertaken on the telephone. We will attempt to allocate referrals on a geographical area.

The requests for RHI’s must be responded to and conducted within 72 hours of the referral, so this a fast-paced piece of work, but is as and when required.

What we require:

  • Flexibility with working hours
  • Prepared to travel
  • Work evenings if required
  • Have experience working with children and young people
  • Can write a comprehensive report to submit back to the LA
  • Individuals with a good understanding of Section 13 of the Children Act 2004 and understanding of safeguarding procedures. (This will also be covered in the training
  • An understanding of what Advocacy as this is something we offer to the CYP if the reason they are going missing can be supported by having an Advocate (This will also be covered in the training). You will not be required to be undertake the advocacy if you are not experienced but would be good to have an understanding if the CYP would benefit from an Advocate.

What we offer:

  • Rate of pay is £15.00 an hour for the RHI and £10.42 per hour travel time.
  • Full training to undertake the role
  • Peer to peer group sessions
  • Enhanced DBS

Experience:

Working with children and young people: 1 year (preferred)

Work Location: On the road

If you are interested to find out more about this role, send a CV and covering letter detailing your experience to recruitment@reconstruct.co.uk

Regulation 44 visitors

Locations: Nationwide

We are looking for professional experienced Freelance Independent Regulation 44 Visitors with a minimum of 2 years’ experience of undertaking Regulation 44 visits to join our team on a freelance basis.

You will be required to be a “critical friend” and provide thorough and impartial independent Regulation 44 visits to Children’s Homes and Services which are consistent with the National Quality Standards for Children’s Homes.

As a Regulation 44 Visitor you are required to have the following:

  • Understanding and Knowledge of regulated services and their inspection frameworks and also knowledge of current legislation and statutory guidance relating to children, young people and adults at risk particularly those in residential care
  • Have experience of working within a social or health care organisation, safeguarding and experience of managing complex relationships across a diverse field, e.g. social workers, OFSTED inspectors, residential care workers and registered managers, health care professionals
  • Experience and knowledge of child protection and safeguarding children and young people
  • Ability to easily build rapport an identify with children, young people and staff teams
  • Ability in the long term to commit to visiting homes on a monthly basis.
  • Excellent communication skills, good report writing skills and a high level of critical analysis
  • Provide detailed reports and action plans
  • Excellent time management in order to provide detailed reports in a timely manner
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Preferably professional qualification in a related field, i.e. social work, residential care, health care professional, advocacy or youth work.

At Reconstruct we provide:

  • Professional support and supervision
  • A set template and Reconstruct methodology for undertaking visits

If you are interested to find out more about this role, send a CV and covering letter detailing your experience to recruitment@reconstruct.co.uk