Young Person's Practitioner (3839)

Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire

Circa £22,500 per annum

Full-Time (working 37 hours a week), generally Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm but some flexibility may be required to meet the needs of the sevrice


Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.


The role

Action for Children is working in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Housing and a range of local and national partners through Big Lottery Early Action System Change Funding. We have secured funding for the next 2 years to focus on a co-produced approach to tackling the root causes of youth homelessless, including repeat youth homelessness in West Dunbartonshire.

Using a mix of participation and engagement events with children, young people and families alongside our research partners Scotcen, we will identify key local factors around youth homelessness. We will then use intervention approaches to support children, young people and families and prevent youth homelessness. The project plan and approaches evolves based on feedback from those directly affected by the key issues as well as findings from the research.


You will make a difference by:

 - Working with a caseload of young people, assessing their individual needs to devise a personalised programme of support.

 - Helping them access our services across the area, helping to prevent homelessness.

 - Providing effective support to the young people accessing the service, depending on their individual needs.

 - Working on a 1:1 basis, running group sessions and community events to identify and support young people who are, or at risk of being, homeless.


You will need:

 - An SVQ3 in Social care is desirable but not essential.

 - Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with young people.

 - To be confident in working in the community.

 - Knowledge of the issues and barriers facing young adults who may, at times, lead chaotic lives.

 - A driving licence with the use of a car. The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act.

 - The ability to forge strong relationships with local authority and 3rd sector partnerships (including West Dunbartonshire Council and Big Lottery Partnership).

 - A strong work ethic and the ability to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment.

 - To be well organised in managing your time and ensuing computerised records are kept up to date.


The way we work

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.


We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.

For safe and happy childhoods

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.

For more information, please contact Emma Goodwin on 07741 742013 or email recruitmentservice@actionforchildren.org.uk


Please note: Interviews are planned to be held remotely, on Thursday 23rd July 2020.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

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Early Action Youth Homelessness West Dun
Preparation For Life Hostel, 28 Bridge Street, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, UK, G83 0TA
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    Fixed Term Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    13 July 2020
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