Youth Support and Development Worker – Children & Families Service

Job details

Salary - Grade

GBP £36,618 to £37,491 36618 - PO1

Contract Type

Permanent / Fixed Term

Contracted Hours

Full Time - 36 hours per week

DBS Required

Yes

Department

Children & Education

Service

Children & Families Service

Closing date

20/06/2021

Permanent and Fixed Term Contracts

As a Youth Support and Development Worker in Hackney Children and Families Service you will work alongside highly skilled professionals towards the achievement of better outcomes for children, young people and families in Hackney. 

You will work as part of Young Hackney Early Help and Prevention Services, who provide access to universal play and youth work programmes alongside high quality early intervention and specialist services for children and young people aged 6-19 years. 

Our purpose is to have a positive impact on young people’s development and transition to adulthood; improving their life chances through accessible services for all whilst targeting the most vulnerable. Young Hackney Services are embedded in the community and delivered through a network of youth hubs, and via outreach in schools and community settings. Our projects and interventions enable young people to build positive relationships with their peers, families, schools and the wider community; raising aspirations, encouraging active citizenship and leadership and supporting the prevention of youth crime. 

Youth Support and Development Workers are responsible for providing high quality effective and responsive early help and prevention services; encompassing programmes of youth work and targeted interventions that result in tangible improvements to young people’s well-being. All staff are expected to provide services at the times that young people are available; principally after school, evenings and weekends 

A professional or occupational qualification or equivalent (e.g. youth work, teaching, social work, or health) is desirable, and applicants should have a clear understanding of evidence based practice, youth work methodology and effective practice in youth participation and children’s rights. 

Your communication skills, energy and professional approach will enable you to quickly establish positive rapport with young people and stakeholders. With experience in the delivery of tailored interventions, targeted group work and youth work, you will be committed to improving young people’s well-being and addressing concerns such as crime, educational engagement or sexually harmful behaviour. 

Dynamic, innovative and passionate, you’ll bring your knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent development to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and young people and be able to demonstrate continuing professional development. 

Hackney Children and Families Service has a strong learning culture and offers an attractive CPD package. We go that extra mile for our people, offering a work environment which is stimulating, fast moving and supportive, giving you the chance to use your knowledge and skills and enhance your practice within a high profile organisation. 

If you share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please click on the apply button below.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience. 

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

Closing date for applications: 20 June 2021 

Interview date(s): To be advised 

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

The Council has a dedicated employment support service (Hackney Works), which offers Hackney residents guidance in relation to applying for jobs. If you are thinking about applying for a job, please contact the Hackney Works team to find out what support is available hackneyworksjobs@hackney.gov.uk

When completing the application questions, you may find it helpful to follow the STAR model: 

Situation – briefly describe the situation you are writing 

about 

Task – briefly describe what you were looking to achieve in the 

situation 

Action – describe in detail what you said and did to achieve the task. Remember to focus on what you did not what others did. 

Result – briefly describe the outcome of your actions 

In addition to the main question, there are some additional prompts designed to aid your thinking. You do not have to respond to each one but they serve to help you understand what evidence is being sought. 

Young Hackney is underpinned by a clear set of values. These include: 

-Young people choosing to take part

-Utilising young people’s view of the world

-Treating young people with respect

-Seeking to develop young people’s skills and attitudes rather than remedy ‘problem behaviours’

-Helping young people develop stronger relationships and collective identities

-Respecting and valuing differences

 

-Promoting the voice of young people

-Genuine commitment to anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices

-We will actively challenge all forms of discrimination and inequality

-That young people, their families and the community are the experts and authors of their lives and we understand and respect our position and the importance of co-production with those who engage with us

-We are actively mindful of our own positioning when interacting with families and young people.

Please consider the values above when answering the application questions and how you can demonstrate how these speak to and can be demonstrated in your practice.