Forces Children Scotland is looking for someone passionate in supporting children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families overcome unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing.
Our children and young people encounter both positive and challenging experiences as and we help beneficiaries to grow in confidence, develop new skills and gain valuable experiences by co-producing projects and services to support mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and put their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences. We provide life-changing experiences which forge new friendships, through a sense of belonging and shared experience. We amplify their unique experiences to help civilian friends as well as those supporting them or making important decisions about their future, better understand what they’re going through and bring about big changes. We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways and support those caring for loved ones or a member of the local community as well as those gaining qualifications at college or university.
About the role
You will be a key addition to the ‘Your Mind Matters’ project, connecting with Armed Forces Children and Young People across the West of Scotland to support them with their mental health and wellbeing as and when required by the service. You will have the skills and passion to build trusting relationships by providing safe listening spaces for children and young people in one-to-one, group work or community-based supports. The role will be worked with a trauma-informed approach and will rely heavily on the power of connecting with young people, shaping services, and delivering supports to meet their mental health needs. Please download our full person specification for further information.
About the person we are looking to join our team
To apply for this role, you will possess a relevant qualification or experience in relation to supporting young people. This could be an SVQ / HNC in Social Care or relevant qualification or could be a qualification or experience relating to direct mental health support. In addition, you will need a minimum of one years’ experience working in a youth work, community work, mental health or an education setting with experience of delivering direct emotional and mental health support to young people. It would be desirable to evidence experience of working with vulnerable young people as well as co-producing projects and planning activities with children and young people. You will need to demonstrate a working knowledge of children’s mental health, the impact of adversity, child protection, GIRFEC and a clear understanding of how best to support young people struggling emotionally. You will also be required to evidence knowledge and understanding of group dynamics, equality of opportunity and inclusion and an up-to-date knowledge of issues which affect young people.
If this vacancy sounds like you and you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact our Children and Family Services Manager, Chris Paul, on 07775 308614.
To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter (1000 words maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Sunday 12 December 2021.
If shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a formal interview on Friday 17 December 2021, which will take place at Drumfork Centre, Helensburgh, G84 9HL. An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check will be required as part of our selection process. This post will cover West of Scotland region and will include a significant amount of travel. Therefore, a full driving licence and access to a car is required.