We’re looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to work as an Outreach Worker at one of our Resource Centres offering short breaks for young people with learning disabilities. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with experience of working with children & young people within this sphere to gain specialist experience of working specifically with children with a wide variety of needs.
The Outreach Worker as part of a multidisciplinary team will offer a range of services including support and care for children and young people with learning disabilities. Whilst ensuring that the young person’s social, emotional, cultural, religious and recreational needs are met.
To assist the management team in ensuring that the care provided from the centre is within current legislation, departmental policies, procedures, practice guidelines and is also appropriate to the assessed needs of the children and young people, taking into account race, gender and disability.
The Ideal Candidate
What you’ll bring
You’ll need to be flexible as this role does involve shift working, each weekend. Ideally you’ll also have experience of working in a residential setting and you’ll have an NVQ or QCF level 3 in Caring for Children and Young People or be prepared to undertake the training when you start with us.
Please note on occasion in residential care there is a need to only accept applicants from a particular protected characteristic. As per the exceptions under the Equality Act 2010 there is an occupational requirement for this role to be fulfilled by someone aged 22 years or over. The reason being that we are legally required to ensure that anyone appointed is at least 4 years older than our oldest resident. Therefore, we will only be able to progress applications from candidates aged 22 years or over. Details of the exception referred to can be found here Equality Act 2010 (legislation.gov.uk)
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In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits.
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As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities
As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Silver Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.