We are looking for a team of dynamic and experienced Youth Workers who will be responsible for engaging and supporting a caseload of children on one of Chance UK’s three mentoring programmes and delivering our group based services across London.
Chance UK has been delivering early-intervention services across London since 1995. Our longest running programme is our mentoring service where Mentors pick the child up from home and run a 1:1 session in the community, once a week for 2 hours. They use the solution-focused approach to work on building the child’s self-esteem and confidence, set goals and explore new places.
In addition, we are growing a range of community based groups running after school as well as some workshops delivered in schools which will support children with developing social and emotional skills and resilience through activities or skills development.
The balance between 1:1 work and group delivery will change according to services commissioned so the post holder will need to be flexible accordingly and UK based as we operate a mixed delivery service.
We are actively seeking to broaden the diversity of the team and welcome applications from male candidates, candidates with disabilities and also those with lived experience of the issues we work on, including: exclusion from school, being a parent of a child who has been excluded or who has additional social, emotional or behavioural needs.
Please note that Chance UK is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and therefore our recruitment process for this post will include an enhanced DBS check.
- To contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of outcomes - focused delivery within groups and 1:1. Understanding of the context and challenges facing vulnerable children and families.
- Ability to deliver a high quality support to families, ensuring it is received entirely based on the families’ needs, contributing to systems and procedures that are in place within the organization.
- Actively participates in the development of an outcomes focused mentoring service and group work by planning, and evaluating a service within own caseload with a willingness to adapt to changes and challenges that may arise in the delivery of the Programmes.
- Ability to work within the team to develop reflective practice, enabling high quality service and flexible service delivery to families.
Duties and responsibilities
- Complete Chance UK’s mentor induction and training
- Set up and run arts-based activities, community/environmental projects, residential activities, outdoor education and sporting activities
- Assessment and set up of all cases and groups supported by management, including initial meetings with parent/carer and referrers
- Completing individual case summaries for newly enrolled children, assessing the needs of young people to correctly plan and deliver programmes in group settings ensuring they have a safe place to develop their identity and place in society
- Support young people in different settings, including outreach work and group work, mentor, coach and support individuals, encouraging greater social inclusion
- Conducting Risk Assessments for all cases
- Mentoring a caseload of children for an up to nine-month duration. Every effort will be made to allocate Youth Workers to children who live in a close area so that sessions can be completed as efficiently as possible
- Set targets for progression and regularly monitor and review the quality of the local youth work provision amending group work activities
- Meeting each child on a weekly basis, online or picking up/dropping off at home, building rapport, and planning appropriate activities according to their individual interests, abilities and goals
- Taking full responsibility for the child’s safety and welfare when out in the community, on session or in groups
- Reporting and recording of all case related information on CUK database
- Raising and reporting safeguarding concerns internally and externally
- Liaising with professionals that work with the children and families you are supporting including social care or school
- Attending and contributing to all internal meetings including programme and organisational meetings
- Liaising directly with each parent/carer to ensure sessions happen every week
- Completing session reports for each session within 24 hours of it taking place
- Understanding and abiding by all of Chance UK’s policies and procedures
- Following Chance UK’s safeguarding procedures and acting on any concerns within an appropriate timeframe
- Attending a graduation ceremony at the end of the mentoring period, and abiding with Chance UK’s no-contact policy with families after this date
- Working pro-actively to achieve the best outcomes for each child, and flagging up issues that arise
- Attending a monthly 1:1 supervision with line managers at Chance UK’s office
- Delivering groups and universal workshops with children across CUK services
- Contributing to the organisations bank of stories and case studies that help share the impact of the work we do