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Advocate - Children and Young People

Maidstone, Kent
£20,852 to £22,571
Job Type
6 Sep 2022
Interpersonnel Recruitment proud to be working again with a well sought after charitable organsiation Young Lives Foundation. The role of Advocate (Children and Young People) is to deliver direct support to young lives across a range of settings, to help prepare them for a more positive future. Role Advocate Children and Young People Location YLF Head Office, Maidstone and in the Community Salary Pay Scale £20,852-£22,571 Hours 35 hours per week Probation A period of 6 months Notice During the probationary period, 1 week on either side Following successful completion of the probationary period, one month on either side Benefits Pension Contributory scheme (5 per cent employer contribution; minimum 3 percent employee contribution, after 3 months) Death in Service Benefit Employment Assistance Programme Generous Annual Leave Entitlement Employees are required to comply with the YLF Code of Conduct and ensure Safeguarding Policy and Procedures are followed at all times. This post is subject to YLF s Safer Recruitment Process, a satisfactory DBS check and a successful probationary period. Job Role YLFs Advocacy Service supports children and young people receiving statutory and non-statutory support from social services. The Advocacy Service promotes young people s rights and entitlements and assists them to be able to make informed choices about what happens in their lives. It encourages young people to feel empowered and confident and offers skills and advice to equip them with life-long self-advocacy skills. The advocacy support offered to young people is issue-based and seeks to achieve a timely, satisfactory outcome for the young person. Our service aims are to support young people to: Voice concerns about the care and support they receive Understand their rights and entitlements and responsibilities Make informed choices about what happens in their lives. In this role you will join a multi-skilled team of advocates delivering direct advocacy support to young people aged 0-25 across Kent and Medway and Out of Area under the Children Act 1989 and Advocacy Standards 2002. Your work will take place in a range of settings which include the community, residential accommodation, schools, and youth detention centres, working with a range of young people who may have complex disabilities, mental health challenges, English as an additional language and presenting as homeless. Your 1-2-1 advocacy role will see you manage a case load of young people requiring advocacy support with varying needs and priorities as well as supporting the Senior Advocacy Coordinator with cover as required across the service. You will be required to provide an excellent standard of advocacy consistently to all service users and apply your knowledge of young people s rights and entitlements alongside your effective working relationships with professionals to resolve issues to a satisfactory outcome for young people. You will also support the timely allocation of new referrals and support the Advocacy Service referral line with helpline enquiries. In addition, you will receive comprehensive training to provide cover as and when required within the wider Advocacy team, supporting our Accompanying Adult, Appropriate Adult and Participation services. The role is front facing and requires excellent communication and organisation skills as well as a coherent understanding of the principles of advocacy and issues affecting young people receiving support from social services. The role is fast paced, and at times requires supporting young people in particularly distressing situations, the ideal candidate should demonstrate good levels of emotional resilience. Due to the geographical reach of our service users, the role involves travelling widely across the county of Kent and occasionally wider, access to a car for businesses purposes is therefore desirable. Key Responsibilities To clarify the concerns and wishes of the child/young person, enabling them to understand how they can make their views heard and what choices they have regarding decisions being made about them To provide focused and timely advocacy support and meet targets/timescales as agreed with the Senior Advocacy Coordinator To use your knowledge of relevant national and local legislation and policy to ensure the child/young person understands their rights, entitlements, and responsibilities To enable the child/young person to communicate their views and wishes and to seek a satisfactory resolution to any issues raised in a timely manner To make a contract with the child/young person about the help they would like and agreeing the way in which the Advocate undertakes the work on their behalf within the boundaries of the Advocacy Service To maintain a positive working relationship with staff, carers and other professionals to facilitate the resolution of any issues raised by the young people To attend meetings with the child/young person and negotiate with agencies on behalf of the child/young person as appropriate To write comprehensive and articulate communications including reports, letters and emails on behalf of the young people as required To assist the child/young person to make a complaint if this is necessary, both at the informal (Stage 1) and formal (Stage 2) stages of the complaints procedure and access legal advice where required To maintain accurate and up-to-date records of all advocacy cases, using prescribed formats and in full compliance with the Young Lives Foundation s Data Protection Policy To actively keep abreast of developments in national and local policy affecting looked after children, children s rights and leaving care to provide up-to-date and informed advocacy support To contribute, as required, to the design, content and administration of websites; the production of publications; and the arrangement of events To support the promotion of the service, as required, to service users, professionals and relevant agencies To support the production of reports including both quantitative and qualitative data on the performance and outcomes of the Advocacy Service in line with agreed performance indicators Person Specification Essential A good standard of education including an advocacy, social care, counselling, youth work or other relevant qualification (Applicants with proven experience in related employment for 2 years+ will be considered). Proven knowledge and experience of safeguarding procedures, relevant safeguarding legislation and policy. Proven experience of working in complex and at times stressful/demanding roles. Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills. Ability to quickly build a rapport with professionals and service users. Competent in Excel, Microsoft Outlook, social media platforms and general use of IT. Commitment to adhering to YLF policies at all times, including the YLF Child and Adult Safeguarding Policy. The post is subject to an YLF Safer Recruitment Process and an Enhanced Disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service Closing Date Friday 16th September 12:00 Interviews TBC September 2022 Upon applying, should you past the prescreening stage, an application pack will be sent to you to complete. Interpersonnel Recruitment is operating as an Employment Agency for our client for this particular role. By applying you give consent for your data to be handled and processed under GDPR Legislation for the purpose of your current employment search. We are pleased to receive a significant number of applications for most roles advertised. We are therefore unable to respond to individual applicants unless shortlisted. If you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date you should assume you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. Interpersonnel is an equal opportunities employer. All our current vacancies are on our website
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  • Job Reference: 705460594-2
  • Date Posted: 6 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Interpersonnel Uk Limited
    Interpersonnel Uk Limited
  • Location: Maidstone, Kent
  • Salary: £20,852 to £22,571
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent