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Youth Voice and Participation Workers

Employer
The Children's Society
Location
West Midlands or North of England
Salary
£26,855.58 FTE / £15,242.36 pro rata (plus allowances)
Closing date
22 Apr 2024

Youth Voice and Participation Workers (1 x North & 1 x West Midlands) (5352)

Annual Salary: £26,855.58 FTE / £15,242.36 pro rata (plus allowances)

Region: North

Location: 1x Birmingham & 1 x North (Leeds office or Newcastle office)

Domain: Youth Impact

Vacancy type: Permanent with funding until 30.09.2025

Closing date: 22 April 2024

21 hours per week across 3 days ;  2 evenings a week and weekend availability once a month

2 x Youth Voice Participation Workers needed

Location:

The Children’s Society has been helping children and young people in this country for over 140 years. We run local services that support children when they are at their most vulnerable and in desperate need of help. We’re there for children, every step of the way. 

This role sits within our Youth Practice team, across Yorkshire and Newcastle. The focus of the role is to develop a culture of youth voice & participation within services. Also to lead a programme of youth voice and participation work with children and young people in order that their views and ideas inform the work of services and The Children’s Society.

We are currently looking for an individual that is passionate and energetic and committed to the values of youth voice and participation to join our dynamic, ambitious team. 

A key part of this role will be your ability to 

  • develop relationships with young people and support them to have their voices heard.
  • lead and develop groups.
  • respond and adapt to new ways to amplifying young people’s voices and addressing the barriers to those least likely to engage.
  • have a clear commitment to intersectional approaches when working with young people and working with young people who experience multiple systemic oppressions.  
  • commit to continuous learning to enhance own practice and keep abreast of innovative practice.
  • use your communication & influencing skills, both written and verbal to lead and inspire others and the ability to engage with young people.
  • keep clear records of work and complete monitoring and evaluations.

In order to be successful in this role, you must have: 

  • Experience of facilitating participation activities with young people on a one-to-one basis and in group work settings.
  • Experience of supporting young people who are dealing with complex and sensitive needs and providing pastoral support.
  • Experience of working independently and as part of a team in the field of youth voice and participation.
  • Experience of being a champion of youth voice and participation.
  • Experience of developing inclusive practice.

INFO ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY 

The Children’s Society runs over 100 local services that help thousands of young people who desperately need our support, and we campaign to get laws and policies changed to make children’s lives happier and safer. 

Every day we’re changing the lives of children in this country for the better – and with your help, tomorrow we can be there for even more. 

The closing date for applications is midnight on 22nd April 2024

Interviews will be held on 11th March 2024

Stage 1: Staff interviews panel: 1st & 2nd May 2024 - times tbc & method.
Stage 2: Young people's panel: 11th May 2024

The Children’s Society is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with.  As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.  We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practices across our services.

Therefore, candidates applying for work in our CYP Directorate will be required to complete an “Employment history_template” document prior to interview. The fully completed document should be loaded by the candidate at the point of uploading your CV.

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