Action for Children
Action for Children

Charity registered in Scotland SC038092

Action for Children helps some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people. Our work is varied, the effects far reaching. 


Current vacancies

Employment Facilitator - Edinburgh

  • Full time
  • £22,000
  • Edinburgh, Lothians
  • Closing 29th September 2021

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

A little about the role and service:

The STAY mentoring service provides community-based support and in-college support to young people at greatest risk of withdrawal from learning due to circumstances and challenges they face. For example, poverty, accommodation/housing issues, childcare, finances ,debt, family/relationship issues, justice system or mental health.

The programme is focused on working alongside colleges to improve retention rates for particular groups of young people, particularly those from Care experienced or those who face significant challenges to engaging in learning. The service aims to improve the poor retention rates within colleges for these young people and leaners.

Our mentoring service works alongside the current Student Services provision within the college structure, however, the role will provide additional support both inside the college support and outside the college campus.

As an Employment Facilitator, you will support young people in college. We have vacancies in Edinburgh and cover 4 college campuses. all based in Edinburgh.

Some engagement may be delivered remotely during the current COVID restrictions. The role is a blended approach split between homeworking, college based and within the community.

You will help our Young People by:

  • Supporting young people who face significant challenges engaging in learning to assist them with a successful transition into further education or adapt to college life at enrolment stage by offering support within the college and within their local community, including some out of hours support.
  • Supporting young people to prevent them from withdrawing from further education, due to family/personal/community-based issues.
  • Linking with college staff to identify students with barriers to attending or progressing with their college studies or at risk of leaving college into a negative destination and becoming unemployed.
  • Offering individualised support for each student identified in line with his or her unique needs, issues, and circumstances, this may include financial, housing, advocacy and wellbeing support.

What are we looking for from you:

  • To be committed, passionate and motivated. We are, and we want you to be too.
  • To be educated to SVQ 3/HNC level or have previous experience in a similar setting. We don't need you to have both but it's great if you do.
  • An understanding of the issues that young people face.
  • The ability to engage and understand young people from a wide range of backgrounds and the ability to work in partnership with other organisations.
  • A current driving license and access to a car to enable the duties of the role to be carried out effectively

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. Learn more about our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work on our Action for Children website.

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 600,000 children and families across the UK.

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, promoting diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people from all backgrounds.

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Employment Facilitator

  • Full time
  • £22,000
  • Glasgow, Lanarkshire (also positions available in Inverclyde)
  • Closing 29th September 2021

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

A little about the role and service:

The STAY mentoring service provides community-based support and in-college support to young people at greatest risk of withdrawal from learning due to circumstances and challenges they face. For example, poverty, accommodation/housing issues, childcare, finances ,debt, family/relationship issues, justice system or mental health.

The programme is focused on working alongside colleges to improve retention rates for particular groups of young people, particularly those from Care experienced or those who face significant challenges to engaging in learning. The service aims to improve the poor retention rates within colleges for these young people and leaners.

Our mentoring service works alongside the current Student Services provision within the college structure, however, the role will provide additional support both inside the college support and outside the college campus.

As an Employment Facilitator, you will support young people in college. We have vacancies in Glasgow, Inverclyde & Edinburgh. You will be based in one of the following locations: Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Clyde College, Glasgow City College, West Scotland College (Inverclyde, Renfrewshire & Clydebank). Please state what area you are applying for in your supporting statement on our application form.

Some engagement may be delivered remotely during the current COVID restrictions. The role is a blended approach split between homeworking, college based and within the community.

You will help our Young People by:

  • Supporting young people who face significant challenges engaging in learning to assist them with a successful transition into further education or adapt to college life at enrolment stage by offering support within the college and within their local community, including some out of hours support.
  • Supporting young people to prevent them from withdrawing from further education, due to family/personal/community-based issues.
  • Linking with college staff to identify students with barriers to attending or progressing with their college studies or at risk of leaving college into a negative destination and becoming unemployed.
  • Offering individualised support for each student identified in line with his or her unique needs, issues, and circumstances, this may include financial, housing, advocacy and wellbeing support.

What are we looking for from you:

  • To be committed, passionate and motivated. We are, and we want you to be too.
  • To be educated to SVQ 3/HNC level or have previous experience in a similar setting. We don't need you to have both but it's great if you do.
  • An understanding of the issues that young people face.
  • The ability to engage and understand young people from a wide range of backgrounds and the ability to work in partnership with other organisations.
  • A current driving license and access to a car to enable the duties of the role to be carried out effectivel

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. Learn more about our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work on our Action for Children website.

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 600,000 children and families across the UK.

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, promoting diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people from all backgrounds.

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Programme Lead - Employability

  • Full time
  • £26,000
  • Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  • Closing 29th September 2021

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

A little about the role and service:

The STAY mentoring service provides community-based support and in-college support to young people at greatest risk of withdrawal from learning due to circumstances and challenges they face. For example, poverty, accommodation/housing issues, childcare, finances ,debt, family/relationship issues, justice system or mental health.

The programme is focused on working alongside colleges to improve retention rates for particular groups of young people, particularly those from Care experienced or those who face significant challenges to engaging in learning. The service aims to improve the poor retention rates within colleges for these young people and leaners.

Our mentoring service works alongside the current Student Services provision within the college structure, however, the role will provide additional support both inside the college support and outside the college campus.

As a Programme Lead Employability you will have direct supervision of 2 Employment Facilitators as well as carrying a small caseload directly.

Some engagement may be delivered remotely during the current COVID restrictions. The role is a blended approach split between homeworking, college based and within the community.

You will help our Young People by:

  • Managing and leading a small team of passionate, motivated and committed staff.
  • Leading the support delivered to young people who face significant challenges engaging in learning to assist them with a successful transition into further education or adapt to college life at enrolment stage by offering support within the college and within their local community, including some out of hours support.
  • Leading the support provided to young people to prevent them from withdrawing from further education, due to family/personal/community-based issues.
  • Being the lead link with a range of college staff to identify students and to track and monitor progress and develop new partnerships with other organisations and agencies.
  • By delivering a safe and positive work and service environment through compliance with all safeguarding, safer recruitment and health and safety policy and procedure.
  • By working closely with senior staff and managers to review and evaluate programme provision ensuring continuous improvements are made, driving innovation and business development.

What are we looking for from you:

  • To be committed, passionate and motivated.
  • To be educated to SVQ 3/HNC level or above or demonstrate 2 years' experience in a relevant discipline. We don't need you to have both but if you do, it would be great.
  • To demonstrate experience of leading a team.
  • An understanding of the current policy and legislation affecting young people.
  • To demonstrate strong partnership working with other organisations and agencies.
  • To be able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service. We might need occasional flexibility from you.
  • To be familiar and confident with a range of IT applications.
  • A current driving license and access to a car to enable the duties of the role to be carried out effectively.

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. Learn more about our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work on our Action for Children website.

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 600,000 children and families across the UK.

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, promoting diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people from all backgrounds.

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Top job! Practice Manager Counselling

  • Full time
  • £42,500
  • Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  • Closing 19th May 2021

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

Our Glasgow Secondary Schools Counselling Service is looking for a Practice Manager to oversee the operational delivery of our new, exciting high-quality, school based professional counselling service in Glasgow. The service will, through delivery of evidence based programmes and counselling provide effective intervention, management of cases and assessment of needs, ensure safe care and agreed positive outcomes with secondary school children aged 12-18yrs. Our service will cover all secondary schools in Glasgow City Council (30+).

The Practice Manager will oversee, deliver, and manage the service through a team of professional Counsellors and Support Workers providing professional practice and operational/management supervision utilising Action for Children's and other recognised professional standards and procedures to enable the achievement of positive outcomes for children, young people and their families. Ideally your background will include new service delivery at an operational level alongside experience of staff management.

You will make a difference by:

  • Taking responsibility for the delivery of a high-quality services, in accordance with service requirements applying relevant legislation, regulations and Action for Children policies and procedures.
  • Leading and managing a team (including case management supervision) of professional Counsellors and Support Workers also applying advice and guidance and utilising Action for Children's policies and procedures, to provide a responsive, high-quality, customer and outcome-focused service to children, young people, their families and partner agencies.
  • Take responsibility for work auditing, ensuring systems are in place and regularly applied to support service compliance, employee and contract development and the production of regular reports and service developments and improvements based on feedback.
  • Attend meetings with external agencies, representing Action for Children, demonstrating professionalism and our core values, in terms of approach, advice and positioning.

You will need:

  • A recognised qualification in a related field (e.g. Mental Health, Children and Young People, Education, Counselling) and registration with BACP or equivalent body.
  • Experience of working within a multi-agency social care, schools, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures.
  • Experiencing of co-ordinating service delivery.
  • Experience of chairing/attending multi agency and strategic management meetings.
  • Proven ability to manage and supervise professional and support staff.
  • Proven experience of managing HR issues.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a team to achieve the best outcomes for children, young people, parents, and carers.
  • Knowledge of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, attachment, child development and safeguarding.

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 on our careers site.

Rewards

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 on our careers site.

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.

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This vacancy has now closed

Employment Facilitator

  • Full time
  • £21,100
  • Glasgow City
  • Closing 24th May 2021

Our STAY mentoring programme provides a community based support function to young people at greatest risk of withdrawal from learning due to circumstances “outside the college campus”. (For example, accommodation/housing issues, childcare, debt support, family/relationship issues, offending behaviour/judicial system or mental health.

This programme is focused on working with colleges to improve retention rates for particular groups of young people, particularly those from Care experienced background or defined as having experienced ACEs. The rationale for the service, is the poor retention rates within Colleges for the identified group of young people compared to their peers.

The mentoring programme sits alongside the current provision and support provided by Student Services within the college structure. As a College Retention worker you will support young people in one of the following locations: - Glasgow Kelvin College Glasgow Clyde College & Glasgow City College.

Some engagement may be delivered remotely during the current COVID restrictions

You will make a difference by:

  • Supporting young people from Care Experienced backgrounds to assist them with a successful transition into further education or adapt to college life at enrolment stage by offering support within the college and within their local community, including access to out of hours support.
  • Supporting young people to prevent them from withdrawing from further education, due to family/personal/community based issues.
  • Linking with college staff to identify students with barriers to attending or progressing with their college studies or at risk of leaving college into a negative destination and becoming unemployed.
  • Offering individualised support for each care-experienced student identified in line with his or her unique needs, issues and circumstances.
  • Deliver sessions on local provision and job search including building confidence, establishing routine, developing CVs, improving interview skills and participating in work experience
  • Ensure all records and compliance paperwork is obtained, accurately completed and submitted

You will need:

  • An SVQ 3 in Social Care, Guidance or equivalent.
  • An assessor's qualification is desirable however not essential.
  • Experience of working in group settings with young people facing multiple barriers.
  • The ability to engage and have an understanding of young people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • The use of a car and business insurance

For more information, please contact Sam Richardson on 07935545059 or email recruitmentservice@actionforchildren.org.uk

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Employment Facilitator

  • Full time
  • Circa £21,100
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 9th June 2021

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

The service provides support to young people aged 16-24, who have a range of barriers or needs to make positive choices for their future. By using a range of programmes and tools you will work with the team to support and prepare them with their first steps into the world of employment or further education.

The successful applicant will directly support and deliver a range of both practical and vocational employability programmes aimed at young people aged 16-24 to access, maintain and sustain employment through the provision of a comprehensive in-house training programme and work placement, supported through a key worker approach for up to 6 months from securing employment.

- You will need a full current driving licence and use of a car for travel between Colleges

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SVQ Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £26,700
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 9th June 2021

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

The role

Is to provide a service to Action for Children's employability cluster within Glasgow and Inverclyde who provide community based, training programmes and skills to support young people entering the employment market or a positive destination.

Delivery will include young people taking part in various assessments to demonstrate vocational competencies are met.

You will be required to work alongside Assessors to ensure they have the correct standard for delivery.

You will plan objectives with the Employability cluster Managers to ensure the right qualifications are readily available to meet the services requested.

You will be responsible for the overall coordination of the SVQ centre in line with SQA quality assurance and centre management, ensuring all qualifications are internally verified and registered timely.

Some engagement may be delivered remotely during the current COVID restrictions.

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Employment Facilitator

  • Full time
  • Circa £21,100
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 17th June 2021

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

The role

The service provides support to young people aged 16-24 to remove barriers and enable them to reach a positive and sustained destination. By using a range of engaging programmes and tools, you will work with a team to support and prepare young people with their first steps into the world of employment or further education.

The successful applicants will directly support and deliver a range of both practical and vocational employability programmes which meets the needs of our young people in order for them to access, maintain and sustain employment. You will act as a key worker for a caseload of young people to provide the provision of a comprehensive in-house training programme and a 1:1 support as part of the aftercare service. The successful candidates will also support the service expansion by utilising face to face and online delivery to engage young people from all over Scotland.

This is an excellent opportunity for motivated and inspiring individuals who are committed to developing the young workforce and ensuring a bright future for our young people.

You will make a difference by:

- Providing a responsive, high quality and customer focused service to young people seeking to enter the labour market and our partners based on an assessment of need that is regularly and professionally reviewed and the development of aspirational action plans which are outcomes driven.

- Applying Action for Children's and professional practice standards and ensuring their implementation as necessary and being proactive in their implementation.

- Managing and co-ordinate a caseload of young people, providing a range of targeted interventions to assist their entry to the labour market through group, coordinated or individual support.

- Leading the development and delivery of a range of group work modules that contribute to our overall employability programmes, promoting inclusion and allowing for individual learning styles.

- Delivering of a range of group work modules that contribute to our overall employability programmes, promoting inclusion and allowing for individual learning styles.

You will need:

- An SVQ 3 in Social Care, Guidance or equivalent.

- Experience of working in group settings with young people facing multiple barriers.

- Knowledge and understanding of young people facing unemployment.

- A full driving licence and access to a car to use for business

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.

Rewards

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.

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Young Persons Worker

  • Part time
  • Circa £18,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st June 2021

Giving children and young people the foundation's they need to thrive.

Are you passionate about inclusion and equality? Action for Children emotional wellbeing and inclusion project in conjunction with Young Start Community Fund & The Gannochy Trust creates an opportunity to engage with multi- cultural young people from diverse communities in Edinburgh, promoting social inclusion, learning of different cultures and historical events and engagement with sports, arts and music . The project offers a trusting support network that will be a safe place to discuss challenges where staff can enable young people to develop new skills and community connections. As a young persons worker you will be involved in engaging with young people individually and in groups working towards agreed service plans and outcomes.

You will make a difference by:

  • Delivering emotional wellbeing and inclusion programmes on a 1:1 basis or in a group setting, with appropriate direction and support.
  • Building self-esteem and confidence for young people.
  • Promoting positive identity aspects.
  • Supporting with 1-1 support sessions working with vulnerable young people from diverse backgrounds.

You will need:

  • S/NVQ Level 2 or equivalent experience of working with young people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Experience of working with young people from diverse ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds and or individual experience in your own life.
  • Prior experience of working as part of a team or as an individual to deliver a frontline service.
  • Knowledge of preparing clear and concise file notes and inputting information into office systems.
  • Experience of preparing, organising, reviewing and delivering individual and or group work.

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.

Rewards

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 Sarah Manderfield by email sarah.manderfield@actionforchildren.org.uk

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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Young Persons Practitioner

  • Part time
  • Circa £22,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st June 2021

Giving children and young people the foundation's they need to thrive.

Are you passionate about inclusion and equality? Action for Children emotional wellbeing and inclusion project in conjunction with Young Start Community Fund & The Gannochy Trust creates an opportunity to engage with multi- cultural young people from diverse communities in Edinburgh, promoting social inclusion, learning of different cultures and historical events and engagement with sports, arts and music. The project offers a trusting support network that will be a safe place to discuss challenges where staff can enable young people to develop new skills and community connections. As a young persons practitioner you will be involved in engaging with young people individually and in groups developing agreed service plans working towards agreed outcomes.

You will have lived in experiences of diverse communities and will have exemplary multi-cultural diversity awareness

You will make a difference by:

  • Delivering support to build emotional wellbeing and inclusion through 1-1 and group sessions.
  • Building self-esteem and confidence.
  • Promoting positive identity aspects.
  • Taking a co-production approach to the development of supports and interventions.
  • Facilitating 1-1 support sessions working with vulnerable young people from multi-cultural background.

You will need:

  • HNC Social Care or SVQ children and young people or other relevant qualification and or significant experience of working with young people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience of working with young people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds building relationships and offering support.
  • The ability to work within a multi-agency social care, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures.
  • Experience of working with individuals who have experienced racial discrimination and or personal lived experience will be welcomed.
  • Reporting both verbally and in writing on the delivery of services to wide client group.
  • Proven ability to use Microsoft packages.

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.

Rewards

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 Sarah Manderfield by email sarah.manderfield@actionforchildren.org.uk

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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Senior Counsellor

  • Full time
  • £32,000
  • Glasgow, Lanarkshire
  • Closing 28th June 2021

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

The role

Our Glasgow Secondary Schools Counselling Service is looking for 3 Senior Counsellors to lead a small team of Counsellors and provide face to face counselling support in a new, exciting high-quality, school based professional counselling service in Glasgow. The service will, through delivery of evidence-based programmes and counselling provide effective assessment of needs, intervention and ensure safe care and agreed positive outcomes with secondary school children aged 12-18yrs. Our service will cover all secondary schools in Glasgow City Council (30+).

Reporting to our Practice Manager Counselling you will work as part of a wider team to deliver the provision of a schools-based counselling service and promote and improve the mental health, emotional resilience and wellbeing of children and young people in Secondary school who are negatively affected or are at risk of being affected by poor mental health.

You will make a difference by:

-Taking responsibility for the assistance in delivery of a high-quality counselling service, in accordance with service requirements

-Provide line management and co-ordinate a small team of Counsellors applying advice and guidance and utilising Action for Children's policies and procedures.

-Attend meetings with external agencies, representing Action for Children, demonstrating professionalism and our core values, in terms of approach, advice and positioning.

-Manage complex cases and assessments through high level of professionalism to children and families, using appropriate interventions that are outcome focused and evidence based to deliver to a service specification, also utilising relevant legislation, professional regulations and Action for Children policies and procedures.

-Lead and deliver a range of co-ordination activities, 1 day a week including training, supervision, participation events, recruitment, support groups etc and partner meetings.

You will need:

-A recognised qualification in Counselling and registration with BACP; BABCP or equivalent body.

-A minimum of 2 year's experience of counselling with young people.

-Experience of and knowledge of schools-based counselling delivery.

-Proven experience of establishing effective working relationships with relevant partners, agencies or other bodies.

-To demonstrate experience of leading a small team to ensure high standard delivery alongside direct counselling work, and the best outcomes for young people.

-Experience of working within a multi-agency social care, schools, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures.

-The ability to undertake complex assessments of a service user needs using specific assessment tools.

-Competent usage of Microsoft Outlook packages i.e., Word, Excel.

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.

Rewards

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 Sarah Manderfield by email sarah.manderfield@actionforchildren.org.uk

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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Community Short Breaks Worker

  • Part time
  • Circa £18,950 pro-rata
  • Hamiltion, South Lanarkshire
  • Closing 28th June 2021

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

The role:

Silverton's Community Hub is an exciting new development building on the success of our residential service in Hamilton.

The aim of the Hub is to support families with a child with a disability to ensure the child feels involved in his community, enjoys the childhood experience and builds her confidence whilst developing the families resilience to deal with the day to day challenges of their care giving duties.

The role involves individualized support to a wide range of young people from the age of 7 to 19. The support is personalized to the specific needs, likes, character and personality of each individual child. This is directed through an extensive and well researched care plan which is strongly led by the child's voice.

More specifically your role will involve going out and about in the community with young people introducing them to mainstream activities and supporting the child to enjoy new experiences and to follow their own interests. This could include trips to parks, swimming, bowling, the cinema and cinema. It may involve shopping trips, outings on buses and trains, visits to cafes, clubs and museums.

On other occasions you would support young people from our Community Hub base. You would be involved in running a range of interesting activities to a small group of young people. This could be arts and crafts based or involve a more life skills approach. There will be a requirement to support our children to understand boundaries, relationships and to still have fun without imposing on others. Some of the children' behaviour will present, at times, as challenging and we will be looking for a support worker who is understanding, compassionate, patient and tolerant whilst also being a strong consistent adult role model, a counsellor, a teacher and a fun friend.

You will make a difference by:

  • Helping young people with a learning disability have a presence in the community.
  • Supporting young people with their needs during and providing emotional support personal care and maintaining a clean safe and nurturing environment.
  • Helping our young people learn and have fun in safe settings.
  • Providing a safe environment where they can enjoy time with their friends.
  • Working towards giving them a positive future.
  • Helping them in all aspects of their daily lives and supporting their health and happiness.

You will need:

  • Experience working within a care environment preferably working with children and young people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.
  • A HNC/ SVQ Social Care preferred ( candidates without this may have an opportunity to work towards.)
  • To register with the SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) within 6 months of starting post.

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.

Rewards

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.

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News & Media Relations Officer

  • Full time
  • £31,200
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 28th June 2021

Spreading the word and making sure people know about our life-changing work.

The role

Based at our office in Glasgow, and working within the Fundraising, Communications and Policy team to research topics, deliver PR and media assets and activities across Scotland to highlight the work Action for Children does and issues relating to disadvantaged children, young people and families.

As a News and Media Relations Officer you'll liaise with our Leadership Team in Scotland as well as the UK-wide team to coordinate and our strategy and focus. Your role will include pitching and selling in stories, building solid relationships with journalists and making sure Action for Children's voice is heard. You'll also collaborate with our services and service users to highlight the issues they face.

You will make a difference by:

  • Creating relationships with news journalists, producers, social media to promote the strategy and services of Action for Children.
  • Working in the field with members of the media and service users and staff.
  • Raising the profile of Action for Children.
  • Working closely with campaigns and fundraising and the leadership team.
  • Taking your turn on the on-call rota for the wider Communications team.

You will need:

  • Experience of working in a charity or a press office is desirable.
  • Experience of working with children and families is desirable.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills.
  • The ability to collaborate with other teams and departments.
  • A strong News and PR sense.
  • Flexibility to support out of hours team as and when required.
  • The ability to work under pressure.

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.

Rewards

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.

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.

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Young Persons Pratitioner

  • Part time
  • Circa £23,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 23rd July 2021

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

The Role

Edinburgh EH1 Service work with young people and their families providing additional support and is commissioned by City of Edinburgh Council’s Edinburgh Young Peoples Service (Youth Justice Social Work Team) The post holder will be part of team of Practitioners and Service Co-ordinator providing intensive weekly 1:1 contact with young people aged 12-17yrs to avoid care placement breakdown, reduce escalation into the care system, and to address the risk and highlight consequences for a range of behaviours including offending, anti-social behaviour, substance misuse and promote personal safety. We are looking for a Young Person Practitioner to work 25 hours per week.

You will make a difference by:

  • By managing a caseload of service users, planning weekly contacts / 1-1 direct work in the community and attending professional meetings as required.
  • By working to support young people to engage with pro-social activities, support / specialist services which enables them to reach their full potential and which enables them to sustain their home or other care placement.
  • By building strong working relationships with multi-agency partners from the statutory and voluntary sectors to deliver the best outcomes for young people and their families.
  • By ensuring that the Service complies with all Action for Children and Edinburgh City Standards and Procedures and with regard to case file recording / paperwork, incident and accident reporting, safeguarding and health and safety Practitioners will use Action for Children E-Systems to identify needs, interventions and outcomes and with use Edinburgh SWIFT to record case notes etc.
  • By attending regular team meetings and participating in training and learning.

You will need:

  • SVQ 3 Health and Social Care or equivalent.
  • Relevant and recent practitioner experience working with young people and families and with a working knowledge of safeguarding practice and social care standards.
  • Sound understanding of issues affecting young people and families.
  • Experience of working with creative approaches and methods to engage with hard to reach young people and families.
  • Proven assessment skills and experience of working towards outcome focused care / service plans.
  • Excellent communication skills - verbal and written and IT.
  • Willingness to work flexibly with young people and families; which will include some evening and weekend working.
  • Car driver with access to a vehicle and business insurance

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.

Rewards

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.

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Employment Facilitator

  • Full time
  • Circa £21,100
  • Glasgow City
  • Closing 28th July 2021

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

The role

Our STAY mentoring programme provides a community-based support function to young people at greatest risk of withdrawal from learning due to circumstances “within and outside the college campus”. (For example, making applications for accommodation/housing issues, childcare, debt budgeting, family/relationship issues, offending behaviour/judicial system or mental health.

This programme is focused on working with colleges to improve retention rates for groups of young people, particularly those from Care experienced background or defined as having experienced ACEs. The rationale for the service, is the poor retention rates within Colleges for the identified group of young people compared to their peers.

The mentoring programme sits alongside the current provision and support provided by Student Services within the college structure. As a College Retention worker, you will support young people in one of the following locations: - Glasgow Kelvin College Glasgow Clyde College & Glasgow City College and West College Scotland. (You will need a full current driving licence and use of a car for travel between Colleges).

Some engagement may be delivered remotely during the current COVID restrictions.

You will make a difference by:

-Supporting young people from Care Experienced backgrounds to assist them with a successful transition into further education or adapt to college life at enrolment stage by offering support within the college and within their local community, including access to out of hours support.

-Supporting young people to prevent them from withdrawing from further education, due to family/personal/community-based issues.

-Linking with college staff to identify students with barriers to attending or progressing with their college studies or at risk of leaving college into a negative destination and becoming unemployed.

-Offering individualised support for each care-experienced student identified in line with his or her unique needs, issues, and circumstances.

-Deliver sessions on local provision and job search including building confidence, establishing routine, developing CVs, improving interview skills, and participating in work experience or progression routes to positive destinations.

-Ensure all records and compliance paperwork is obtained, accurately completed, and submitted timely.

You will need:

-An SVQ 3 in Social Care, Guidance or equivalent.

-An assessor's qualification is desirable however not essential.

-Experience of working in group settings with young people facing multiple barriers.

-The ability to engage and have an understanding of young people from a wide range of backgrounds.

-The use of a car and business insurance.

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Team Leader Residential

  • Full time
  • £26,500
  • Edinburgh, Lothian
  • Closing 23rd July 2021

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

The Role

Gilmerton Road Short Breaks is located in South Edinburgh. Gilmerton Road supports young people and their families from the Lothians age 5-18 with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

You will lead, inspire and motivate your team to deliver meaningful support that changes children's lives. Working with the Registered Manager you will be responsible for creating and maintaining the culture across the services that seeks to support staff to provide high quality care in our short breaks service.

Residential Team leader is a dual role that offering direct support to the young people while undertaking administrative and organisational tasks.

Working in residential care is both challenging and rewarding. Our aim is to give every young person we work with the support and guidance to reach their potential and support their aspirations for a positive future, and this is a vital part of our work.

This role will be working 37 hours a week on a 2 weekly shift pattern, offering every second weekend off. Shifts from 7am to 2.30pm and 2pm to 9.30pm.

You will make a difference by:

-Providing direct line management to a team of residential staff to deliver high standards of care.

-Support staff team development through training opportunities, staff supervision, and multidisciplinary working.

-Leading shifts and working with the Registered Manager to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and organisational policy and procedure.

-Work to achieve positive outcomes for individual children and young people and contributing to the achievement of an outstanding, good or equivalent rating in external inspection including deputising in the absence of the Registered Manager.

You will need:

-Previous experience of supervising staff

-Significant experience of working with children and young people with Learning Disabilities

-Confident in all aspects of MS Office

-Experience of coaching and supporting staff to reach a competent standard

-HNC Social care & SVQ Children and young people or equivalent

-SVQ4 in leadership and management or willing to work towards

-Ability to work under pressure while maintaining drive and enthusiasm

-To be able to effectively and safely deal with children and young people with challenging behaviour

-Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)

-Good knowledge of Safeguarding, and keeping young people safe

-To be SSSC registered

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.

Rewards

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 Anne Marie Wilson or anne-marie.wilson@actionforchildren.org.uk

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Employment Facilitator

  • Full time
  • £21,100
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th August 2021

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

The role

The service provides support to young people aged 16-24, who have a range of barriers or needs to make positive choices for their future. By using a range of programmes and tools you will work with the team to support and prepare them with their first steps into the world of employment or further education.

The successful applicant will directly support and deliver a range of both practical and vocational employability programmes aimed at young people aged 16-24 to access, maintain and sustain employment through the provision of a comprehensive in-house training programme and work placement, supported through a key worker approach for up to 6 months from securing employment.

- You will need a full current driving licence and use of a car for travel between Colleges

You will make a difference by:

- Providing a responsive, high quality and customer focused service to young people seeking to enter the labour market and our partners based on an assessment of need that is regularly and professionally reviewed and the development of aspirational action plans which are outcomes driven.

- Applying Action for Children's and professional practice standards and ensuring their implementation as necessary and being proactive in their implementation.

- Managing and co-ordinating caseloads for young people, providing a range of targeted interventions to assist their entry to the labour market through group, coordinated or individual support.

- Delivering of a range of group work modules that contribute to our overall employability programmes, promoting inclusion and allowing for individual learning styles.

-Working as part of the team to review and evaluate service provision and programme delivery, ensuring continued improvements are applied and where necessary manage, guide or direct less experienced staff.

You will need:

- An SVQ 3 in Social Care, Guidance or equivalent.

- Experience of working in group settings with young people facing multiple barriers.

-Previous experience of working within recruitment or employment sector.

- Knowledge and understanding of young people facing unemployment.

- A full driving licence and access to a car to use for business.

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.

Rewards

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.

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