Housing Support Worker (11075)

Salary:  £21,029.27 per annum

Location: Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire

Contract/Hours: Permanent / Full Time – 37 hours per week

Interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place on 7th December 2023

Benefits: 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, Blue Light card, excellent training and developments opportunities, professional qualifications, excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, up to 7% employer contribution pension, discount portal with your favourite brands.

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

East Dunbartonshire Canal Housing project is based in Kirkintilloch. The service offers short to medium term accommodation to young people aged 16-26 years. The aim of the service is to help young people to develop the skills to ensure a successful transition into their own tenancy in the future.

The service offers a range of practical skills including budgeting, good door keeping and key life skills. Alongside the practical element the service offers a nurturing environment for young people to increase their emotional well-being and experience a positive transition.

We're looking for a Housing Support Worker to come and join our fabulous, dedicated team.  Shifts are 7.45am – 3.45pm, 12.30pm – 8.30pm and Waking Nights are 8 - 8pm. We may require an occasional sleepover shift for which you are paid an additional allowance for.  We also welcome applications from those that would like to work nightshifts specifically. 

How you'll help to create brighter futures

Some key responsibilities for the Housing Support Worker role are;

  • Demonstrating a commitment to Action for Children's defining statement, ‘keeping the child at the centre', and to promote and incorporate Action for Children's Participation Standards as appropriate to your role.
  • Achieving the highest standards of safeguarding, whether through direct care provision or support activities to the children and young people who come into contact with our services, or by appropriately reporting concerns about any child or young person.
  • Maintaining effective working relationships and channels of communications with colleagues and with young people and families and where necessary encourage and promote involvement to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Working as a team and individually to provide a flexible responsive, high quality and person centred care to young people based on an assessment of need and risk to access to a range of stimulating and safe activities and experiences within and external to the service.

Let's talk about you

  • SVQ 2 in a relevant subject however we are open to experience as we will give you the option to work towards a qualification with us. 
  • Registered with SSSC or equivalent/ willing to work towards registration.
  • The service operates 24/7 therefore working a full rota system is essential.
  • Experienced in a social care setting and an understanding of the issues young adults experience who are homeless.
  • Experienced in safeguarding and an understanding of risk management plans.
  • Knowledge of mental health issues experienced by young people.
  • Ability to engage with young people and build positive relationships.

Good to know

Please note we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this role.

Application Process: There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

Talent Pool: We know talent when we see it. But sometimes we find the right person but not for the right job. We'd love to keep your details for when the right job comes up. Let us know if you'd rather we didn't.

Contact: If, for any reason, you need support with your application, please contact Laura McCarthy at Laura.McCarthy2@actionforchildren.org.uk. We'll be happy to give you any support you require.

Diversity, equality, and inclusion

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Don't meet every single requirement?

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

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East Dunbartonshire Canal Housing Serv
34 Industry Street, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, G66 3AE
  • Salary:
    £21,029.27 per annum
  • Directorate:
    Children's Services Scotland
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    4 December 2023
  • Number of Roles:
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