Young Women’s Associate - The Star Project, Rescue and Response

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London, with potential travel across county lines
£28,000 per year
10 Jul 2019
28 Jul 2019
Full Time
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Young Women’s Associate - The Star Project, Rescue and Response

Full time fixed term contract at £28,000 per year

Location: London, with potential travel across county lines

Introducing “The Star Project” and “Rescue and Response”

The Star Project is our flagship service. We provide a structured programme and advocacy to young women so they can: increase their knowledge and skills to navigate risk and keep safe; make the changes they want in their lives; and flourish despite the system-wide barriers and inequalities they face.

Rescue and Response is a project designed to support young Londoners affected by county line exploitation. Nearly a third of ‘County Lines’ originate in London, making London a major exporter of this high harm model of drug distribution. County Lines drives gang related violent crime, criminal exploitation of children and exploitation of vulnerable adults in London and beyond.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) recognises London’s leading role in tackling County Lines exploitation, and through London Crime Prevention Funding, is supporting the Rescue & Response partnership with an investment of £3million over 3 years to put in place a comprehensive programme of work to better understand it, target it and respond to it. Abianda is part of the consortium delivering services across London, alongside St Giles Trust and Safer London.

Your role as a Young Women’s Associate on Rescue and Response

Your role will be to deliver one-to-one sessions and advocacy support to young women up to the age of 25 affected by gangs and county line activity – you will engage 24 young women per year. You will work with high risk, high vulnerability young women using Abianda’s unique model of practice. The role requires significant travel across London, and you may, on occasion, need to travel to counties outside of London in order to support young women. You will work alongside Abianda Young Trainers to deliver training to professionals on an ad-hoc basis, disseminating practice knowledge and experience to a national audience.

You will need to be skilled at engaging young women with complex needs and with a history of non-engagement. You have a proactive nature, and demonstrate a willingness to ‘go the extra mile’. You will be expected to promote Abianda’s services, and support the engagement of young women and girls in the project.

You will manage and respond to risk, disclosure, safeguarding and child protection issues in the unique context of gangs, while working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. An organised team-player accustomed to juggling multiple priorities, you will need to maintain monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements of the project, so that partner and funder questions are answered. You will need to prepare accurate project case files on time. Your professionalism will reflect the reputation and integrity of the organisation, and your conduct in all responsibilities will uphold Abianda’s policies and procedures.

Desired skills and experience

  • A JNC professional youth work qualification
  • Two years’ experience of one-to-one and/or group work with young women and girls who have experienced violence against women and girls, mental ill-health, trauma and/or who perpetrate violence and crime
  • Experience of advocating on behalf of young people and navigating statutory safeguarding and policing processes
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to support multi-disciplinary working, in service of young women and girls
  • Brilliant organisational skills and experience of record keeping

We will support you with:

  • Training in the Abianda model and certification in Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Clinical and managerial supervision
  • Understanding what stops young women accessing services and how to help them
  • Understanding a ‘contextualised safeguarding’ (Firmin, 2016) approach

How to apply

  1. Please download an application form here and complete as fully as you can detailing how you meet the responsibilities and requirements of the role
  2. Please download, read and sign Abianda’s privacy statement for employees, workers and contractors
  3. Please download and complete Abianda’s Equal Opportunities Form – this is optional and will play no part in our assessment of your application.
  4. Return your completed application form and signed privacy statement to:

Please note

  • Abianda is a women’s only employer, and as such this position is exempt under Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or other protected characteristics. We are particularly interested in applicants from BAME groups for this role to support the growth of a diverse and inclusive team at Abianda.
  • Applications that are submitted without a signed privacy statement will not be considered.
  • We will not consider CVs. Please do not submit these with, or in place of, an application form.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 23:59, Sunday 28 July
  • Interviews will take place on 6, 7 or 8 August – we may recall candidates for a second interview if necessary
  • We would like candidates to start work mid/late August

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