Reading Borough Council

Targeted Youth Support Worker

Reading Borough Council

Sep 5th, 2022
£ 27,514 - 32,798 / Year
Reading Borough Council - providing services for residents of Reading Borough. One of the fastest growing towns in the UK, Reading’s forward momentum is remarkable. Transport connections are excellent with exceptional access to Heathrow, central London and beyond.

Around an already thriving retail heart, our new Abbey business quarter has opened up a hidden heritage gem in the middle of Reading, and we’re committed to enhancing our cultural infrastructure. We’ve the 7th highest employment rate in the UK, the working population is the 6th most well-educated, and the average weekly salary is 18% above the national average.

Extensive new housing of all tenures (including through our own housing company), and a flourishing university complete the picture for inward investors. We’re proud that the Council, through our Team Reading approach, is driving much of this transformation.

Despite having delivered £80m of savings so far, we’re on track to achieve a further £43m of efficiencies by 2020. We plan to deliver a £122m capital programme to provide new school places, homes, transport infrastructure and investment. We are determined to ensure that our growth is good growth: low carbon, sustainable and - most important of all - to the benefit of local people
Job description

Brighter Futures for Children

Full-time, 37 hours per week

Fixed term, 23-month contract

Some flexible working required depending on service needs

Brighter Futures for Children is an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children’s services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services to children and families in Reading.

You will work as part of a targeted youth support team providing services for young people aged 13-19 (up to 25 years for those with LDD) in target groups e.g. YP who are NEET, displaying poor behaviour and exclusions from school etc. You will ensure the voice of the young person is heard and directly influences the design and delivery of services

The role is busy and varied and includes:

  • To work with a caseload of young people who are facing a range of challenges and who may resist engagement – there may be a requirement to work intensively over a period of time with some young people.
  • To be responsible for the development, planning, delivery and evaluation of high quality youth work programmes that provide personal and social development opportunities for targeted young people.
  • To ensure that the voice and views of the young person, are sought, heard and represented appropriately, evidencing this throughout the work.
  • To be outcome focused – ensure that assessments and plans demonstrate the long-, medium and short-term outcomes that the young person, family and team around the child look to achieve.
  • To liaise effectively and work with universal, targeted and statutory services and partners where appropriate e.g. schools, colleges, YOS, CSC, Elevate and specialist youth workers.
  • To review the young peoples’ progress as and when appropriate – to be able to confidently assess when to signpost for safeguarding or specialist services and when to step down interventions.

You should have previous experience of working with children, young people and their families and ideally have knowledge of child development.

Our offer
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition are strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • 25 days holiday plus public holidays (rising to 32 after 10 years’ service)
  • Discounted Child Care (on site nursery)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loans
  • A range of local discounts

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Solomon Fagbayi [email protected]

Contact [email protected] for any recruitment enquiries.

Closing date:9th October 2022

Interview date:Week commencing 17th October 2022

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach Reading Borough Council directly to request this, as we're not responsible for the employer's application process.

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