Young People Support Worker - Twickenham
£21,544 - £22,446 depending on experience and qualifications, rising incrementally to £24,969
40 hours per week, shift work
St Christopher’s Approach
St Christopher’s has adopted Social Pedagogy as a way of working throughout the organisation. This approach is based on the belief that all individuals are inherently valuable and have the potential to achieve and make a positive contribution. As such our focus is on the wellbeing of each individual, aiming to provide shared learning experiences to support their growth, often in terms of their ability to live independently.
Our 16+ homes provide accommodation and support to 16-21 year old. In line with Social Pedagogy these homes are young person led and involve residents in every element of decision making including;
- Creation of shared values for how they want their home to be.
- Involvement in recruitment of new staff,
- Shared reflection and agreement making opposed to penalty based consequences.
- Regular feedback between residents and staff regarding the running of the home.
Our aim is to create a bespoke package of support with each individual, based on their goals and working with social services and other external agencies to facilitate support.
We are seeking committed individuals with a passion for working with young people and the creativity to work in an empowering and consultative way with our residents towards achieving their goals.
About the Role
As a Support Worker based in our 16+ services, you will produce high quality assessments and focussed support plans to enable young people to achieve their goals. Positive outcomes are our primary aim. Your initiative and dedication will therefore be key to developing young people’s life skills, preparing them for independence and assisting their progress into employment, education or stable housing. The work, which includes some lone-working, is challenging, but the rewards are great.
Applicants should have:
- Experience of providing services to vulnerable client groups
- An understanding of the issues facing young people
- The ability to cope effectively with challenging behaviour
- Good communication and team working skills
- Flexibility to work shifts, including weekends and bank holidays.
In return we offer:
- Salary £21,544 to £22,446, depending on qualifications and experience, rising incrementally to £24,969 based on performance.
- A friendly working environment, a fun, open and honest culture.
- 25 days holiday rising to 27 days after 3 years’ service, plus Bank Holidays, pro-rata.
- Industry Leading training programme including Young People’s right and participation, CSE, empowerment, mental health, Social Pedagogy
- Contributory pension scheme, Enhanced Maternity and Company Sick Scheme.
- BUPA Employee Assistance Programme, offering counselling, financial advice and legal support.
- Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers.
- Discount shopping scheme, to save money at hundreds of retailers across the UK.
- Discretionary Funding Training Programs.
- Employee Awards based on performance and length of service.
- Fantastic opportunities to develop your career within our range of services.
At St Christopher’s we are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care. During the recruitment process you will be expected to complete an application form to ensure we capture essential information to meet legislation, best practice and vetting requirements.
Applicants will ideally already be on the DBS Update Service; if this is not the case St Christopher's will carry out a DBS (police) check prior to starting.
When submitting your application, please let us know why you would like to work with us and what experience you will bring to the role.
For more information or assistance during the application process, please visit our website.
Closing Date: 29th July 2018.
Interview Date: 8th August 2018.
Please bear in mind that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
St Christopher’s is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.