Vacancy: Participation Worker

We are working with Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service, which is part of Sheffield Futures, and Cambridgeshire's Link to Change as part of a national Hub and Spoke project.

Participation Worker – CSE Hub & Spoke Project

37 hours per week, Temporary until 31st March 2018
Salary £23,213 per annum

Sheffield Futures is an independent charity, supporting communities and helping young people to achieve their full potential in learning, employment and life.

The Hub and Spoke project is being run in several areas across the country, funded by the CSE Funders Alliance and evaluated by the University of Bedfordshire. The aim of the project is to identify CSE “Hubs” of established practice and to share ideas and learn from geographical neighbours or “Spoke Areas”. As part of this SSES, Safe and Sound and Link to Change are jointly funding a participation worker to lead on developing participation strategies and best practice across all three areas.

The post holder will develop models of participation, voice and influence to meaningfully engage young people in the design, planning and evaluation of CSE services. The post will be managed by Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service. The post holder will have access to office space in Sheffield or Derby, but will travel to Sheffield for supervision and management meetings.

Applicants must be willing to travel throughout all of the Hub & Spoke areas.

The Role:

  • Ensure the active involvement of young people in decision making process in the work of the programme
  • Contribute to the delivery of the training both within the programme and across the wider partnership area
  • Work with partners to enhance involvement opportunities for Young People involved in, or at risk of CSE.
  • Represent the Hub & Spoke service as part of the national CSE participation agenda.
  • Contribute to planning and evaluating models of participation.
  • Communicate with a wide range of professionals and partner agencies to engage them in participatory methods of working.

Ideal Candidate:

The successful candidate will have previous experience of improving the involvement of young people through effective face-to-face work as well as engaging and developing positive relationships with individual young people and in group work settings. You must also have an understanding of the issues that face young people who are involved in or at risk of CSE.

Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are essential as is strong planning, organising and time management skills. The successful candidate will ideally be educated to relevant professional Level 3 Youth Work/Level 4 IAG qualification or equivalent and be able to plan a wide range of projects and produce and disseminate information of a high standard to diverse professionals and communities.

Please download the full job description and person specification below before applying.

CSE Hub and Spoke Participation Worker Job Description

Closing date: 9am 31st July 2015 Interviews: 10th August 2015.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Kerry.Tate@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call 0114 201 2817
If you would like to apply for this position please contact Tara Siddons for an application form via  tara.siddons@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call 0114 201 2750.

Sheffield Futures is committed to: promoting diversity in the workplace and to equality of opportunities; safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults.  Charity Registration Number 1044940.

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