Youth Work Officer (term time 40 weeks)
We are looking for two passionate youth workers who have extensive experience of engaging with young people. You will work directly with students across the college, supporting faculties with a range of engagement strategies, designing and promoting activities for students in response to raising attendance and punctuality. You will work collaboratively with faculty staff, student welfare officers, safeguarding and safety and engagement in providing a safe and trusting environment for students to flourish. You will carry out home visits, parental/guardian liaison and attend wider community based visits to support and engage with students effectively. You will have the opportunity to support community outreach initiatives designed to support recruitment in line with college targets and attend meetings, case conferences and reviews when needed.
Applicants must have a level 3 or above professional youth worker related discipline including social work, youth work, community work or outreach work. Safeguarding training and a minimum or GCSE/L2 in English and maths.
Main Purpose of Role:
Student engagement to maximise student attendance through identifying practical and pastoral student requirements and brokering appropriate levels of support from within and without the College
To act as a rapid response ‘intervener‘ when Faculty based attendance and punctuality monitoring and stage one interventions have not succeeded.
To support College colleagues in designing and promoting enrichment activities that support Personal Development and draw students into being active members of the College community.
To prepare clear and concise reports and necessary and maintain appropriate records
Work with others from across the College to implement actions in support of our Parental Engagement Strategy
To assist the College in safeguarding students through joint work with partner agencies
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- To work directly with students from across College in response to attendance issues, taking over from Faculties in their role of ‘attendance officer’ as defined in the College Attendance Monitoring Policy.
- To monitor caseloads as part of a small team and report on them effectively and in a timely manner using the appropriate reporting systems.
- To carry out routine and timely home visits, parental/guardian liaison and where necessary wider community based visits.
- To work collaboratively with Faculty based staff, ALS, Welfare and safeguarding Departments, CEIAG, Safety & Engagement.
- To support community outreach initiatives designed to support recruitment in line with College targets.
- To attend Faculty meetings/case conferences/advocacy requirements/EHCP Reviews when requested by Head of Faculty which are relevant and which can be contributed to.
- To work proactively cross college, to systematically improve the retention, progress, achievement and general experience of students, paying particular attention to those identified as vulnerable.
- Maintain accurate and comprehensive records of contact with the agreed case load of students for auditing purposes.
- To work flexibly and be prepared to work evenings if required in order to service the business needs.
- To obtain Business Use Car Insurance in order to carry out a schedule of potentially daily home visits and other community related off site visits.
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