Children’s Voice Project Worker - Maternity Cover - Antser

Children's Voice Project Worker - Maternity leave cover

We are currently seeking to recruit a Children’s Voice Project Worker who will coordinate and administer the day-to-day activities of the Children’s Voice Project and provide advice, support and services to children, young people and their families. 

Job Role

Children's Voice Project Worker - Maternity Cover

Job TyPE

Part-time - 25 hours

Location

Milton Keynes and surrounding areas (home based applications will be considered however you must be willing to regularly travel to one of the following locations: Milton Keynes, Reading, Coventry, Birmingham or Bristol)

Dates

Immediate start

Salary

£20,000-£23,000

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 project

The Children’s Voice Project is comprised of Children’s Advocacy, Independent Visitors, Independent Return Interviews and Regulation 44 Visits. These services support children and young people to have a say in care. 

Children’s Advocacy will support children who are going through care proceedings or who are already in care and need support to understand their choices and have a voice in all aspects of their lives. Advocacy services will help children to express their wishes and feelings and ensure these are heard by professionals involved in their care. 

Independent Visitors will befriend Looked After Children and make monthly visits to engage in an activity of the child’s choice. 

Independent Return Interviews will be conducted for looked after children with the aim of understanding the reasons for them running away, reducing any identified risk or harm, reducing the probability of them going missing again but equally equipping them to stay safe should they run away again. 

The Regulation 44 Visitor will conduct monthly visits to residential homes and compile a report setting out their opinion as to whether children are effectively safeguarded and whether the children’s wellbeing is promoted. 

About the role

We are currently seeking a Children’s Voice Project Worker to coordinate and administer the day to day activities of the Children’s Voice Project and to provide advice, support and services to children, young people and their families in the Milton Keynes and Reading area.

Throughout this role, you will ensure referrals are received and allocated to the most suitable advocates, volunteers, external consultants from our existing pool of volunteers and freelancers and manage and supervise the matches and oversee casework ensuring the service is child-led and is providing an excellent service to customers.

Key Tasks Include: 

• To run the day to day administrative tasks such as referral taking and follow up work, answering phones, record keeping, assisting with recruitment and training, and supporting sessional workers and volunteers.
• To carry out specific tasks to deliver this service including – managing day to day referrals and case allocations, supporting visitors and advocates, managing casework and files, initial visits with young people requiring a visitor, coordinating and allocating cases to the most appropriate advocates.
• To work for and with children and young people and young adults who have Children’s Services in their lives.
• To meet with children, young people and their carers to introduce themselves, and the service and identify and talk through their needs and requirements.
• To take responsibility for ensuring an appropriate response is made to all children and young people referred to children’s services.
• To lead on marketing activity for the geographical area allocated. Ensuring the service is well promoted by local authorities and amongst its staff and young people.
• To ensure contractual targets are consistently being met for the project
• To collate quantitative and qualitative data on a regular basis and feed it into the quarterly reports for both internal and external audiences
• To ensure regular supervision is undertaken of all Volunteers and Advocates.
• To take a Safeguarding approach in all aspects of the role.
• To assist in the recruitment, training, and supervision of advocates and volunteers
• To ensure support is provided to volunteers and advocates to safely deliver the Children’s voice services.
• To assist and at times lead on training delivery
• To involve young people in the development of the service.
• To liaise with social workers, carers and other professionals on young people’s behalf.
• To keep accurate records and monitor systems in relation to the above activities.
• To store, save and share information in line with GDPR.
• The post holder will need to be able to work independently and will be part of a supportive team using professional judgment and initiative.
• To contribute to the quality of the service and standards of professional practice.
• To meet regularly with the Children’s Services Manager for supervision.
• To attend training as agreed with the manager.
• To attend team planning days.
• To work within the policies and agreed practices of Antser.

You will also be responsible for: 

• Day to day service delivery
• Allocating cases
• Liaising with social workers
• Gathering feedback
• Signing off expenses/timesheets
• Supervision of Volunteers and Advocates

Additional tasks 

  • 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 Coventry, Bristol and Birmingham.

Person Specification

Essential: 

  • Computer skills to support the activities of the service.
  • An ability to keep accurate records of all work.
  • An ability to maintain administration systems to support the activities of the service.
  • Effective communication and negotiating skills.
  • Previous experience of working with children and young people.
  • An ability to relate to young people.
  • Experience in working with children and young people and promoting their rights. 
  • An understanding of Safeguarding and child protection. 
  • A commitment to equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Clean driving license and access to a car.
  • Flexible to work outside office hours. 
  • A satisfactory enhanced DBS check. 

Desirable: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of young people in the care system and relevant legislation.
  • 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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