Children's Independent Advocate - Antser

Children's independent advocate

We are currently seeking to recruit a Children’s Independent Advocate to provide advocacy services for children, young people and young adults who have Children’s Services (formerly social services) involved in their lives. 

Job Role

Children's Independent Advocate

Job TyPE



Surrey and surrounding areas


Immediate start

About Antser

The Antser Group was born out of a desire to achieve positive change in the health and social care sectors through a connected and transformative approach. Combining talent, technology and innovation with one goal in mind – to achieve better outcomes for children and families.

We strive to be the partner of choice for the gold standard of best practice, best in class, best value best services and better solutions. Simply put, our mission is to achieve better outcomes for our partners and for those in their care using the breadth of our talented people, technology and innovation across Antser.

About the role

We are currently seeking a Children’s Independent Advocate 

The purpose of this service: 

The purpose of this service is to provide high-quality, independent advocacy to enable improved outcomes for looked after children, children subject to child protection planning and care leavers up to the age of 25; and children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and do not have appropriate representation

Benefits of the being a Children’s Advocate: 

  • Part-Time hours – 15 per week.  
  • Office/School working hours, with occasional weekend requirements 
  • Paid Holiday allowance 
  • Pension Scheme  
  • Generous salary and travel expenses paid (Salary: £9,217 per annum) 
  • Full Training and Ongoing support provided  
  • Social and fun company to work for  
  • Develop new skills to set you up, to further your personal or professional aspirations  
  • Hugely rewarding working with children and young people  
  • Matched Advocacy opportunities 
  • Chance to make a real impact and a huge difference  
  • Refer a friend scheme  
  • Personal development plans 

What is involved in being a Children’s Advocate?

  • Help make children and young people feel heard and confident  
  • Support children and young people so their voices are heard at Child Protection conferences & LAC review meetings  
  • Be capable of building rapport with a child or young person  
  • Assisting children with raising complaints if they feel they need to  
  • Advocating on behalf of young people in different care settings  
  • Basic understanding of social care and disabilities would be desirable but not necessary 
  • Flexibility to fit in with the young person’s availability alongside your own commitments  
  • Clean driving licence and access to your car or good transport links to Surrey and the surrounding areas
  • Calm and confident in how you communicate and negotiate  
  • Basic computer skills are necessary 
  • Previous experience of working with children and young people is desirable 
  • Undertake an enhanced DBS check if successful through the application  
  • Organisation of plans and record-keeping  
The post holder will need to be able to work after school hours and at weekends occasionally to meet the needs of the service. The post holder will need to make some visits to young people and will need to drive or travel to these visits. The post holder will also need to attend occasional company-wide meetings which may involve travel to Bristol and Birmingham. 

Person Specification

Skills, Attributes, Knowledge and Experience:

You have: 

  • Strong computer skills necessary to support the activities of the service – e.g. work processing/processing emails.
  • Ability to keep accurate records of all work.
  • Effective communication and negotiating skills. 
  • Previous experience of working directly with children and young people in an Advocacy setting 
  • Knowledge and understanding of young people in the care system and relevant legislation.
  • An ability to relate to young people.
  • Experience of work with children and young people and of promoting their rights. 
  • An understanding of Safeguarding and child protection. 
  • A commitment to equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice. 
  • Clean driving licence and access to a car. 
  • Flexibility to working outside office hours. 
  • A satisfactory enhanced DBS check. 
Desirable: A relevant qualification in social work, youth and community work, education or similar. 

If you are committed to your own professional development and active participation in gaining further knowledge and skills then we would love to hear from you

How to apply

Please apply by attaching an up to date CV along with a covering letter and we will be in touch if you are shortlisted.

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