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Young Person's Project Worker (House Project) OCC49336

Job details


Salary range: £27,741 - £30,451 per annum

Work location: Rewley Road Fire Station, Oxford

Hours per week: 37 - with a flexible working pattern to meet the aims of the service. We would consider part-time applicants and secondments.

Contract type: Temporary for 12 months, with a possibility of extension

Closing date: Thursday 3rd December 2020

Interview date: Friday 11th December 2020


Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview. 



If you are in to ‘making a difference’, working with young people, businesses and communities, then this role of Young Person's Project Worker is perfect for you!




About us


The House Project began in Stoke on Trent and provides accommodation, support and employment or training opportunities for care leavers. The project is run by, and for, care leavers who receive support to do this from a group of professionals. Following the success of the model in Stoke, the DfE funded the development of House Projects’ in other local authorities and Oxfordshire is one of these.



About the role


In your role as Young Person's Project Worker, you will: 


  • Work alongside the manager to develop the House Project and ensure that care leavers are at the centre of decision making
  • Undertake direct work and interventions with children and young people to promote their welfare
  • Monitor and assess children and young people's needs, including taking appropriate actions to address emerging safeguarding concerns
  • Act as a case holder for children and young people, when appropriate
  • Participate in the development and implementation of group work across the service and in accordance with the needs of the project
  • Support and arrange work to prepare young people for independence
  • Deliver evidence based programmes to promote the development of life skills and support participation in education, employment and training
  • Develop community links and use this for the benefit of the young people in the project
  • Undertake visits, observations and meetings and record them on electronic systems to the agreed standard and within agreed timescales
  • Set up and attend planning meetings in order to successfully support young people to develop links within their local community
  • Ensure close links with teams across Children’s Services and external partners



About you


To be successful in this role, you will need:


  • Evidence of good standard of education
  • An understanding of the impact of abuse, social deprivation and/or disadvantage on children, young people and their families
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding principles
  • Proven experience of working with children, young people and their families
  • Good understanding of child development and factors that support ‎children to develop and achieve their potential
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with a wide range of people, in a wide range of situations and build effective working relationships internally and with partner agencies
  • Experience of dealing effectively with challenging situations
  • Resilient and able to work in challenging and complex situations
  • Committed to building relationships with young people
  • Committed to involving young people as equal partners
  • Confident and approachable manner
  • Driving licence and access to a car to travel to venues across the county and beyond, safely transporting children and young people where appropriate.
  • Some flexibility in working arrangements/hours to meet operational requirements including responding to emergencies


Please read the Job Description, linked below, for the full list of selection criteria.



Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development. 


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering. 



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sarah Ashfield, House Project Manager, on 07979847103, or by emailing sarah.ashfield@oxfordshire.gov.uk.  



Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the role requirements, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory. 


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team at occ.recruitment@hants.gov.uk 




Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 


All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.


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