Project Worker - East Renfrewshire PT
The Learn Well service was established in August 2022 as an innovative multi-agency partnership including Children 1st and East Renfrewshire’s Education Department and Health & Social Care Partnership. This is an exciting opportunity to join the service at a crucial point in its development.
Building on the success of the first year, the service provides intensive support to children, young people and their families by focussing on:
- improving their health and wellbeing
- Improving their educational attainment
The successful candidates will work in collaboration with young people, their families and a variety of East Renfrewshire partners including teachers, social workers, support staff, educational psychologists and other third sector partners. The children and young people linked with the service remain the responsibility of the school they are registered with; however, we are looking for your creativity and commitment to help us compliment this offer and help the young people improve their wellbeing and reach the goals they set for themselves.
We offer a range of different supports including individual and family support; opportunities to improve physical and emotional wellbeing; transition support; advocating on behalf of and with the young people; contributing to curriculum outcomes. This is an exciting yet demanding role which will require you to get alongside children and their families where, when and how best suits them. We want to be able to offer children and families the right support at the right time.
What kind of people are we looking for?
- Experience of keeping children safe in their own families
- Extensive experience of working alongside and together with children and families impacted by trauma and adversity, with a lens on the promotion of long-term recovery (with a particular understanding of children and young people from the care experienced community)
- Experience of providing support to children and families, with confidence, in a trauma sensitive and systemic way
- Experience and understanding of relational and restorative approaches to practice
- Curious, responsive, flexible and courageous in your relationships with children and families, and colleagues in other services
- Fiercely passionate about Children’s Human Rights
- Shares our belief that it’s a privilege to get alongside children and families to help life feel better for them
- Confident and competent communicators who can work autonomously in a fast paced, demanding role
What kind of Children 1st team member will you be?
Knowing our ambition for children, you will be someone who is:
- Resilient, skilled and knowledgeable, who wants to transform children’s lives
- Determined to support children to stay safely with their own family
- Big hearted and courageous
- Able to build strong relationships and to manage difficult conversations
- Calm and clear minded during times of challenge or distress
- Kind and compassionate
If you have a professional qualification in a relevant area such as Social Work, Teaching or equivalent in Child Care/Social Care or related area, accredited counselling qualification, or other relevant qualification at SCQF level 9 or higher then we want to hear from you. In particular, we are seeking to further enhance our diversity from the perspective of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and disability.
You will be based in our Giffnock office, with some flexibility between your base, home, and meeting families/partners in the community expected.
Salary, Conditions, Pension
We will offer you a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement (40 days inclusive of 9 public holidays, pro rata), flexible working opportunities and a contributory pension scheme.
Hours and Status
This is a part-time position consisting of 17.5 hours per week.
Fixed-term until 31 July 2024
Hours to be worked flexibly across the week to meet the needs of families and the service. However, Wednesdays are our ‘core day’ when essential service activities take place such as team meetings
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At Children 1st we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team that represents all communities across Scotland and creating a culture where we are all genuinely able to be ourselves and participate and thrive without prejudice or barriers. We aim to proactively develop anti-racist and inclusive approaches throughout our work, and we welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, marginalised groups, and individuals with multiple experiences of marginalisation, who reflect our values.