Team Jak aim to provide emotional social and practical support for children and young people with cancer related
illnesses. Also providing support to their families and friends including bereavement support.
The Young People and Families Coordinator will participate in the co-ordination, provision and evaluation of a
beneficial service that ensures children and young people, families and professionals can access high quality
emotional, social and practical support. The Coordinator will be fully involved in situations where a young
person or child has been diagnosed with cancer or related illness, in remission, or sadly has died. The
Coordinator is key to assessing and responding to the needs of parents/carers and grandparents.
- To be a key part of the co-ordination, provision and evaluation of a children and young people’s and families
counselling and support service from Jak’s Den across Scotland.
- To be part of Team Jak team in
Livingston in providing and evaluating a support service to support children and young people up to 25, their
families and friends.
- To uphold the ethos of Team Jak’s service in what is offered to
- To work within national guidelines and Team Jak policies, ensuring that practice is
standardised, ethical and safe for families, staff and volunteers. This includes child protection, complaints
and grievance procedures.
- To support the Team Jak Den Manager and CE in developing and establishing Team
Jak’s services in Livingston and the whole of Scotland as a source of advice and support for families and
professionals where a young person or child has cancer, is in remission is dying or has died.
- To provide
a programme of individual and family support sessions, and to develop and provide facilitated peer groups for
parents/carers and grandparents and friends throughout their journey.
- To co-ordinate and allocate
referrals ensuring timely and appropriate support.
- To support the provision of our evolving online and
telephone support service for families struggling with diagnosis or treatment or those bereaved, who live
- To empower, engage with and support other professionals through joint working, attend networks
and other relevant meetings offering support and resources where applicable when working with Warriors, their
families, friends and those bereaved.
- To participate in supervision, both individually and as part of
- To maintain and improve individual competence and accountability.
- To assist Team Jak
in the strategic and operational development of the service in Jak’s Den HQ and throughout Scotland, in response
to identified need.
- To contribute to the training and support of professionals across Scotland whose
roles bring them into contact with Warrior or bereaved families.
Training and Education Requirements
- Recognised health, educational, social care or counselling qualification to Degree level.
- Training in
working with children, young people, adults and families.
- Relevant bereavement training across the
- Experience of delivering training in loss and grief.
Knowledge & Experience
- Relevant experience of working with children, adults and families, individually and in groups
of supporting bereaved families and families suffering trauma
- Understanding of peer group
- Knowledge of support services available for children and families
of supervision of others
- Knowledge of education, social services and primary care
- Experience of working with traumatic grief
- Ethnic and cultural
- Experience of telephone support and information provision
- Experience of service
Skills & Abilities
- Ability to work alone and within a multi-disciplinary team
- Excellent communication skills including the
ability to communicate clearly and sensitively in writing.
- Computer literate, Microsoft office suite
(word, excel, powerpoint) database skills and social media savvy.
- Excellent communicator
- Highly motivated and able to motivate others
- Relates well to children and
- Positive attitude, energy and drive
- Passionate about the support needs of Warrior and
- Ability to work under pressure
Key Working Relationships
- Team Jak CE
- Team Jak Staff and Board
- NHS Staff from our partner hospitals and throughout
- Education Staff
- Social Work Staff and West Lothian & Edinburgh Steering Group &
Lothian Bereavement Network
- Statutory and Voluntary service providers in health, social care and
- Available to provide support outside of office hours
- Flexible to work evenings and weekends as required
- Full clean driving Licence – Ability to travel when required.
To apply, please visit our
A CV and Cover Letter is required for the application process.
Closing date: Monday 18th October 2021