Salary: £20,198 FTE Who we are looking for
We are seeking a children’s rights champion who is committed to our purpose, vision and values. We want someone who can provide weekly Visiting Advocacy services at a small number of children’s homes and mental health units in Worcestershire (Clent), Staffordshire(Stoke-on-Trent), Shropshire (Shifnal and surrounding areas) plus Chester when required.
Our Visiting Advocate will be working with children with complex needs and mental health issues. You will be comfortable working in a specialist residential settings. You will be delivering instructed, partially instructed and non-instructed advocacy and passionate about giving voice to the wishes and feelings of the children they work with. You will enjoy meeting and working with children and will be proactive in taking forward their issue during and following your visits.
Coram Voice particularly welcomes applications from care leavers or individuals with experience of being ‘looked after’ by the state. We are also actively encouraging applicants from Asian, African, Caribbean and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our teams. Whilst we have a diverse team we recognise we are a predominantly white workforce and are genuinely committed to encouraging candidates from diverse communities in order to improve the services to the children and young people we help.
To clarify the concerns and wishes of the child/young person, enabling them to understand their rights, how they can make their views heard and what choices they have regarding decisions being made about them.
To enable the child/young person to communicate their views and wishes and to seek a satisfactory resolution to any issues raised.
To articulate the views of the child/young person on his/her behalf as required.
To make a contract with the child/young person about the help s/he wants and agreeing the way in which the advocate undertakes the work on their behalf.
To promote and maintain a positive working relationship with staff and other professionals to facilitate the resolution of any issues raised by the young people.
To sometimes attend meetings with the child/young person or ensure the child knows how to access support. Negotiate with agencies and write letters on behalf of the child/young person as appropriate.
To assist the child/young person to make a complaint if this is necessary, both at the informal (pre stage 1) and formal stages of the complaints procedure.
To maintain accurate records of visits and work done using the correct recording system.
To maintain clear records of time and expenses and to complete claim forms as required.
Training, supervision and appraisal
Advocates will be accountable to the Coram Voice Midlands VA Coordinator and will participate in supervision and appraisal.
Advocates will be expected to take responsibility for their personal development and learning, including undertaking Coram Voice mandatory training and further training as needed.
Specific tasks for advocates in secure residential settings
To visit children and young people in residential accommodation a regular basis (fortnightly/weekly) as required by contract.
To establish rapport with the young people and be available to listen to the residents about their concerns and introduce the VA service to newly admitted young people.
To enable the views of young people to be taken into account in the development of policies and the planning and delivery of services.
Report to your supervisor monthly.
Participate in the production of an annual report of the service and to attend contract review meeting(s)
To attend meetings young people may have with other professionals and to support them in these relationships in order for their views, wishes and feelings to be fully represented within decision making processes.
Keep up to date with developments in relation to relevant legislation.
Plan annual leave and liaise with the Visiting Advocate and supervisor to ensure a seamless service delivery.
Returning your application
We cannot accept general CVs. When completing your application form, you need to address each point of the person specification and demonstrate how you meet it.
Applications must be fully completed. Additional sheets or information should be sent as an attachment in the same email as your application form. Applications must be received by 9am on the closing date.
If you are a current Coram Voice employee you may submit a supporting statement only addressing the person specification requirements for the post.
Please return your application to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: 31st October 2017
Interviews: 7th November 2017
Warner Interviews: TBC