Young Carers - Key Worker - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £22,848 per annum
Closing date: 16 Oct 2022
Location: Basildon
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 8852
Role: Education
About the role

Young Carers - Key Worker

Permanent, Full Time - Monday to Friday

Up to £22,848 per annum

Location: Basildon

Closing Date: 16th October 2022

 Job Purpose:

We are seeking a district based Key Worker to work within one of our quadrant team to support Young Carers (aged 0-18), young adult carers (16-24) and their families. This will be achieved through a tiered Key Worker approach to the level of need, providing individualised support in relation to their caring role, raise achievement and aspirations and to allow a Young Carer to have the same life chances as their peers.

Full Time - Monday to Friday (37 hours a week)

It is essential you have a drivers' licence and access to a car to undertake this role!

The post holder will be expected to operate flexibly, administrational duties will be carried out at home with face to face required for assessments, case work and delivered sessions.

Responsibilities & Accountabilities:

  • Understand the needs of your customers and deliver the best possible outcomes through exemplar behaviour in accordance with ECC’s Values and Core Organisational Behaviours
  • Work flexibly and collaboratively across structural boundaries in support of key outcomes.
  • To contribute to development of organisational capability by taking ownership of your own training and development, including identifying and taking part in training and development activity and responding to feedback on performance
  • Thinking creatively, challenging the norms, and constructively challenging those around them (including those more senior) to ensure continuous improvement and commercial astuteness, and inspire the same in colleagues
  • Take responsibility for identifying and actioning areas of risk including Health and Safety and Business Continuity
  • Work as part of project or process teams as required under the new operating model, ensuring excellent cross functional output
  • To work with Essex young carers and their families to identify priorities, support needs, interventions and goals, developing and implementing strategies for securing these.Using assessment and monitoring to motivate young carers and their families to achieve a shared and mutually agreed support plan/ contract
  • To take up referrals and work with Essex young carers in order to identify, understand and meet their needs, with an emphasis on promoting positive outcomes.
  • To work with Essex young carers in line with the agreed model, ensuring that the level of support meets the identified need including one to one support, peer group support, telephone support, advocacy, provision of information, signposting, training opportunities and workshops.
  • To promote young carers self- awareness, confidence and encouraging their involvement in the design of their young carers service and supporting them in evaluating the impact of the service upon their own situation.
  • To provide targeted outreach and awareness raising activities to other agencies to support the increased identification of Essex young carers including presentations, workshops and events.
  • To pro-actively work in partnership with other agencies including educational settings and adult services to ensure ongoing support to young carers, particularly at points of transition and to enable Essex young carers to continue their education, employment or training.
  • To support the development and facilitation of Essex young carers networks and forums to ensure that the voice of young carers is heard and that they are in a position to be able to shape and influence the service.
  • To ensure that the Essex County Council policies, procedures and practice for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people are implemented.
  • To work flexibly and deliver services as directed.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Experience in effectively working collaboratively 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.
  • Excellent level of numeracy, literacy (GCSE A – C or equivalent or demonstrable experience) and ICT

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

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