Alongside individualised support, primarily delivered through Young Hackney Youth Hubs, and via outreach in schools and community settings. This requires effective liaison and partnership working across a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to: Children’s Social Care, Health, Education, Youth Justice and the voluntary community and private sectors. Staff may be designated to focus on open access youth work, participation early help, targeted support, and youth justice. Please see job description for further details.
To work towards the achievement of better outcomes for children, young people and families in Hackney by:
• providing a high quality, effective and responsive early help and preventative services for children and young people in Hackney
• giving children and young people opportunities and encouragement to get involved in activities that complement and enhance their physical and emotional wellbeing, and which support their educational attainment and transition to employment
• providing additional support as required at critical times and stages of a young person’s development
• supporting young people to do things for themselves individually and collectively and to be active participants in their community
The Youth Support and Development Worker is responsible and accountable for the planning delivery and evaluation of high quality open access and targeted programmes of youth work alongside individualised support, primarily delivered through Young Hackney Youth Hubs, and via outreach in schools and community settings.
This requires effective liaison and partnership working across a wide range of stakeholders, including but not limited to: Children’s Social Care, Health, Education, Youth Justice and the voluntary community and private sectors.Staff may be designated to focus on open access youth work, participation early help, targeted support, and youth justice.
• As a member of the Youth Hub delivery team actively consider new and innovative ways of doing things; recognising and promoting the positive benefit of change to improve services:
• Contribute to the development of participative youth programmes, personalised support and progression pathways that enable children and young people to manage transitions and improve their outcomes.
• Contribute to the development of opportunities which support community cohesion; promoting young people’s active participation within their community.
• Contribute to the development of programmes which support the ambition for a robust local offer for disabled young people.
• Actively contribute to the planning and delivery of innovative programmes of open access and targeted youth work, which meets the needs of children, young people and families; facilitating the development of physical health, emotional well-being, supporting educational attainment, and preventing / reducing youth crime.
• Promote and safeguard the welfare of young people in all contexts, with awareness of the risks that may be faced in respect of physical health and emotional well-being, educational attainment, sexual development, CSE, crime and gang activity, and personal finance.
• Engage and build respectful, honest, challenging and supportive relationships with young people including those who may previously have had little contact with services and may be hard to reach.
• Acquire local knowledge and develop a meaningful dialogue with children, young people and families; with the purpose of assessing their individual or collective developmental needs in order to provide early help interventions to meet them
• Keep up to date with emerging research and evidence based interventions relevant to child and adolescent development, and ensure targeted group work delivery effectively contributes to the provision of early help for children and families.
• Assess and balance risk and vulnerability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people
• Ensure the youth programme and opportunities provided are reflective of the needs of different age groups, abilities, and cultural identity, and inclusive of sports, outdoor adventure, arts, cultural and recreational activity.
• Establish an inclusive culture in all provision; where all are welcome and supported to participate, and where respect, honesty, and trust enables children and young people to thrive.
• Contribute to the development of a varied 7 day programme of term-time, holiday and residential youth activities (open access and targeted) within the youth hub and community settings
• Undertake regular assertive outreach to facilitate the involvement of young people from across the Network; targeting those who have had little contact with services and may be hard to reach
• Provide effective pathways and access to appropriate services and provision so that children, young people and families receive the help they need at the earliest opportunity
• Tie all work to observable or measurable indicators of success; where possible monitoring and evidencing progress through recognised accreditation and awards
• Contribute to the development of initiatives and partnerships that encourage young people to build strong links with their local community and support the growth of positive perceptions of young people
• Understand and respect the rights of young people and ensure their meaningful participation in their own plans and within the wider community; including the design delivery and evaluation of youth work programmes and services
• Support the induction of staff and volunteers
• Undertake day to day supervision of sessional delivery staff and volunteers as required. Partnerships
• Work with staff from across the wider children and young people’s workforce to ensure that children and young people’s needs are met; including the Police, Children’s Services, schools, voluntary sector and faith organisations, etc
• Follow statutory guidelines and local procedures for joint working including the London Child Protection Procedures
• Share information about young people with other agencies in order to manage the risks to themselves and others, and promote their welfare in line with the requirements of all relevant legislation
• Model a young person-centred and outcome focused approach to all issues
• Work within expected practice standards, expectations and timescales, and culture of personal and collective responsibility and accountability for the quality and inclusivity of all delivery
• Demonstrate a commitment to equality of opportunity for all groups of staff and service users and challenge discrimination including racism, sexism and all other forms of oppression and unjust attitudes, behaviour and practice
• Promote equality of opportunity and collaborative working, delivering non-discriminatory services and promoting greater equity for disadvantaged groups.Health and Safety
• Ensure that Council policy and procedures for health and safety are adhered to and that the all equipment is maintained, taking action as necessary to ensure compliance.
• Conduct risk assessments for the premises, and on and off site activities/ services as directed.
• Undertake first aid training and provide first aid cover for delivery sessions.
• Keep accurate and up to date records of attendance data and other management information as required.
• Maintain records of early help interventions; keeping files current, well organised, and able to provide concise and accurate information about a young person’s circumstances, support provided, and outcomes achieved.
• Prepare and present concise, accurate and informative reports as and when required.
• Have an awareness of the organisational context and a demonstrable commitment to the Council's organisational values and beliefs.
• Be politically sensitive and able to recognise and deal with a range of sensitive issues that impact on the Children & Young People’s Service in terms of reputation, integrity and credibility.COMMUNICATION
• Communicate in a way which meets the needs of a diverse audience and in a way that influences recipients effectively.
• Promote the youth programmes and services delivered through the youth hub and community provision.GENERAL
• Work flexible hours based on children, young people and family’s needs and requiring regular evening and weekend work.
• Undertake other temporary duties consistent with the basic objectives of the post.
Hours of work: 36 hours per week - working within a flexible framework, specifically to lead and support evening and weekend delivery at the Hub
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