Young Women's Worker - London
Salary: £27,000 (+ benefits)
Location: St Mary's Hospital, Paddington
Contract: Fixed-term contract to 31st March 2022, Full-Time
Closing Date: 9am, Thursday 4th November
We are looking for an outstanding, experienced professional to join our team at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington as a Young Women’s Worker. Please note we are recruiting a female worker for this role, which is exempt under the Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9, Part 1.
Our Young Women’s Workers support young women affected by violence and gang activity by working intensively with them to help them secure a positive future. The service works within Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme and so our initial contact with the young women is in the A&E department, followed up with longer-term community-based support.
To do this role well you need to be a people person; passionate about supporting young women, and excited at the prospect of working in a fast-paced and exceptionally busy environment. You’ll need a proven ability to work with high risk, vulnerable young women and an understanding of the impact intense, short-term work can have as well as longer interventions. You must be a strong communicator: as comfortable building a relationship with a young woman as you are liaising with our clinical colleagues. You’ll be keen to keep learning, seizing training opportunities at Redthread and continuously reflecting upon and improving your practice.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, our teams are still working from the hospitals as we are classed as essential workers. You will need to do shifts the hospital, as well as working some days in the community and from home, depending on the needs of the team and the service.
In return, the successful candidate will receive a competitive salary, a supportive and flexible working environment, excellent staff training and development package and access to a range of employee benefits including; enhanced annual leave and family leave entitlements, employer pension scheme contribution, access to clinical supervisions, enhanced employee assistance programme services and more.
Please note: This role is offered on a fixed term contract to the 31st March 2022 and we are recruiting a female worker for this role.
Please see the job pack on our website for full details of the role and how to apply.
Applications deadline: 9am, Thursday 4th November
If we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert before the closing date. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.
Who are Redthread?
Redthread empowers young people to thrive as they navigate the challenging transition to adulthood by integrating trauma-informed youth work into the health sector. Whether a young person has been the victim of a stabbing, is seeking support for anxiety, has suffered a sexual assault, or wants to find a new home beyond the reach of a gang, we support them to overcome the challenges they face through our dynamic youth work programmes.
Every year thousands of young people find themselves in hospital A&E departments as the victim of serious youth violence. Redthread’s Youth Violence Intervention Programme embeds youth workers in hospitals to intervene with these young people. The teams meet the young patients as soon as they can: in the A&E waiting room, on the ward, or even in the resuscitation bay. We believe that this moment of intense crisis when the young person is nursing a serious injury in the daunting environment of a busy hospital, often alone, can be a catalyst for pursuing positive change – a ‘teachable moment’.
Our teams build rapport with the young people, mentor and advise them, and support them to make long-term positive plans to break away from cycles of violence and offending. Problems include exclusion from education, employment or training, a lack of stability in housing, mental health concerns, unstable relationships, and reprimands due to criminal activity.
Redthread capitalises on our partnerships to ensure long-term work and change is possible for each young person. The teams make well-judged referrals on their behalf and accompany them to initial meetings to ensure the transition is smooth. This work disrupts the cycle that can too easily lead to devastated communities and an exhausted healthcare and justice system.