Key Worker - Young Carers - Working for Essex
Salary: up to £22,848 per annum
Closing date: 21 Aug 2022
Location: Braintree
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 7441
Role: Education
About the role

Key Worker - Young Carers

Fixed Term, Full Time

up to £22,848 per annum

Location: Braintree

Working Style: Anywhere worker

This is a fixed term opportunity for 12 months

Do you have a passion to work with Young People? Are you able to organise and manage your workload, good at communicating and able to work as part of a team?.

Being part of the Essex Young Carers team, you will play an integral part in supporting the lives of Young Carers across Essex. Specifically, you will complete statutory assessments with the Young Carer and their family in Mid. From this, you will put together an action plan to ensure the best targeted support can be offered. The interventions you offer will vary widely from 1:1 support, to helping the young carer engage in local clubs, ensuring schools are fully understanding of the young carers needs and impact of their caring role. Along with this, as part of the Key Worker team, you will provide workshops and respite opportunities to help enhance the skills of our young carers and give them opportunities to meet other young people in similar situations

We asked one of our team why they enjoyed their role as a Key worker ……………………

“Having previously been a teacher, I have now worked for Essex County Council and Essex Young Carers for four years. I love the variety of work that this job offers and the difference we make to Young Carers who were previously unknown and unheard. I have learned so much in such a short space of time. I love the job, my team and have so much pride in what we achieve”

We are seeking a district based Key Worker to work within our Mid Essex quadrant team to support Young Carers (aged 0-18), young adult carers (16-24) and their families. You will provide individualised support in relation to their caring role, to raise achievement and aspirations and to allow them to have the same life chances as their peers.

What you will need

  • Educated to GCSE level or equivalent with a relevant professional qualification which is focussed on working with young people (e.g. LDSS, Social work, Youth and Community, Teacher, Careers) or equivalent or demonstrably equivalent experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • A broad understanding of the issues affecting young carers and young people, opportunities for learning and the services provided by the partner organisations.
  • Experience of working with young people on a one to one basis and in groups.
  • Excellent communication skills with experience in effective collaborative working with other agencies at a local level.
  • Experience of successfully involving young people and families in decision-making processes.
  • Be flexible in their approach and have excellent time management skills and ability to work evenings, weekends and residential work in order to respond to young people’s needs.
  • The job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Depending on the geographical area, access to a vehicle or another efficient mode of transport will be required.
  • On occasion there will be an expectancy to work in the office.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk