"Drugs and Alcohol Youth Worker JD"
JOB DESCRIPTION 1. Service: Education – Youth and Connexions Location: Various across Barnet Sessional Youth Worker (Drugs and Alcohol) (part- Job Title: time up to 8 hours per week) AL 1. £8.81 ph Grade: AL2. £10.71ph AL3 £13.06ph Post No.: Reports to: Team Leader 2. Context of job Barnet Impact Young People’s Drugs and Alcohol Project Barnet Impact sits within the Youth and Connexions Service. It provides preventative education, support, advice and treatment for young people around substance misuse. This sessional worker is an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team and will assist in Barnet Impact prevention outreach work across both statutory and voluntary sector provision, including work with the Youth Offending Service, Pupil Referral Unit and some schools, and in one-to-one work where appropriate. The wider Impact team consists of a team leader, two full time drugs youth workers, a family worker post, the Youth Offending Service drugs worker and Looked After Children drugs worker. There are links with the local CAMHS service and services providing treatment at Tier 4 are currently being restructured. Staff need to be able to communicate well with young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and need to have an empathic, non-judgemental approach to issues involving drugs and alcohol, whilst recognising the dangers that substance misuse can have on young people’s lives. Youth and Connexions is part of the London Borough of Barnet Children’s Service and provides youth work and support services to young people through informal education, support, advice, guidance, and positive activities delivered by youth workers and Connexions personal advisors. We are committed to delivering quality youth support services and encouraging young people’s involvement in all aspects of our work. The service is committed to partnership and multi-agency work, and values the contribution from the voluntary youth sector, and the independent sector. We are committed to involving young people in all aspects of service planning and delivery, including our strategic development and policies. The service has a young people’s user group – United Youth – and supports Barnet Youth Bank to allocate Youth Opportunities Funding. 3. Purpose of job To support the work of Barnet Impact delivering informal group educational sessions to young people and to provide support and guidance to other professionals on issues of drugs and alcohol relating to young people. To provide one-to-one support for young people where appropriate. To work as part of a Youth and Connexions team helping young people to develop personally and socially through programmes of youth work in detached, centre based or specialist settings. 4. Principal Accountabilities: 4.1 Working directly with young people [aged 11-25 with a focus on 13-19 years] in groups to ease the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The aim is to establish a rapport and build trusting relationships leading on to programmes of work in conjunction with the full time worker. 4.2. To work as part of the Barnet Impact team to provide educational sessions to young people to inform, educate and raise awareness about issues related to drugs and alcohol. This is done by visiting youth projects and centres and providing group sessions over a number of weeks using games, quizzes, DVD’s and discussions to raise awareness about drugs and alcohol issues, and to help refer young people to specialist help, where needed. The sessions will focus on drugs and alcohol but will need to encompass issues of self-confidence, self- esteem, and relate the use of substance misuse to issues such as relationship problems, family difficulties and other personal issues affecting young people. To provide one-to-one interventions where appropriate. 4.3. To ensure you work closely with your line manager, keeping them informed of issues arising in all aspects of your work, and contributing fully to team meetings and group supervision when appropriate, planning, preparation, evaluation of work and reflective supervision. 4.4. Being responsible as part of a team, for supervision of the premises, when working in centres. 4.5. Working closely with, and building positive relationships with, other staff, agenda and/or partners, and families, to ensure young people have access to appropriate support and guidance and are referred appropriately. 4.6. To attend training as appropriate to update and maintain your skills in delivering a preventative programme on drugs and alcohol to young people. Recruitment/sessional youth worker (p/t)/gj/August 2008 4.6. Working to raise awareness of difference, increasing understanding, and taking a full part in programmes which ensure that no current or potential client group or individual is disadvantaged. To implement Borough policies on equal opportunities. 4.8. Understanding and operating good practice, following the Youth Service Staff Code of Practice, and the Health and Safety Policy with particular reference to the Educational Visits Policy. You are expected to become familiar with our Safeguarding Children Policy and to follow this at all times. 4.9. Keeping sessional recordings and producing data about your work as requested. 4.10. In order to deliver services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed and the post holder may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above. Such duties, however, will fall within the scope of the post, at the appropriate grade. 5. Staff Responsibilities: To attend staff meetings are required by your line manager. 6. Financial Responsibilities None 7. Health and Safety Responsibilities Ensuring the health and safety of staff and users through the implementation of the Youth Service Health and Safety Policy. 8. Other Responsibilities To ensure all work is carried out in line with the Youth Service Code of Practice. 9. Promotion Of Corporate Values To ensure that customer care is maintained to the agreed standards according to the council’s values. To ensure that a high level of confidentiality is maintained in all aspects of work. 10. Flexibility In order to deliver the service effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed and the post-holder may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above. Such duties, however, will fall within the scope of the post, at the appropriate grade. 11. The Council’s Commitment To Equality Recruitment/sessional youth worker (p/t)/gj/August 2008 To deliver the council’s commitment to equality of opportunity in the provision of services.. All staff are expected to promote equality in the work place and in the services the council delivers. To ensure services provided for young people are accessible to all members of the community and reflect the London Borough of Barnet Equal Opportunities Policy END Recruitment/sessional youth worker (p/t)/gj/August 2008 PERSON SPECIFICATION Service: Youth and Connexions Location: Initial Base Barnet Impact -variable across Barnet Sessional Youth Worker Drugs and Alcohol prevention Job Title: (part-time up to 18 hours per week) AL 1. £8.81 ph Grade: AL2. £10.71ph AL3 £13.06ph Post No.: Reports to: Team Leader Essential/ Assessed Post Requirements Criteria Desirable from: E Experience of working with children and A/S young people in informal or youth work Experience relevant group settings. To post D Experience of talking about drugs A/S and/or alcohol to young people in informal settings E Able to develop in-depth relationships A/S/W with young people whilst maintaining professional boundaries. E Ability to work well within a team of full A/S time and part time staff. Developing and Maintaining Good verbal communication, and Relationships E understanding of importance of non- A/S verbal communication especially in group settings. E Able to use own initiative to resolve S/W problems in stressful situations where there are conflicting demands and priorities. E Experience of planning and carrying A/S out activities, discussions and Programming programmes for groups of young people. E Ability to use ICT e.g. Word and input A/S ICT on database Recruitment/sessional youth worker (p/t)/gj/August 2008 Essential/ Assessed Post Requirements Criteria Desirable from: E Knowledge and understanding of issues A/S Knowledge relevant to job for vulnerable young people and their families. D ‘Youth Support’ qualification Level 2 A NVQ or VRQ or ‘Locally qualified part- Education time youth worker’ qualification at Level 1/Level 2. D Training in drugs/alcohol awareness Training issues E Commitment to equal opportunities. Commitment to council’s A/S Aims and Values E Understanding of the meaning of working within the aims and values of a A/S local authority. Key: Key: E= A = Application Essential Form D= S = Skills Desirable Interview W = Warner Interview T = Test The information on this form will be the basis on which the applicants will be assessed for short-listing purposes. Recruitment/sessional youth worker (p/t)/gj/August 2008 BARNET YOUTH AND CONNEXIONS SERVICE SESSIONAL YOUTH WORKER (PART-TIME) FURTHER INFORMATION FEATURES OF THE UNESTABLISHED CONTRACT: Your contract is for up to one year, renewable. Details of the contract are supplied on appointment. Payment is made only for work carried out. There may be weeks when your services are not required, or you may be requested to work extra hours to cover for absent colleagues. Payment is made only for times when working which includes preparation. You are required to arrive for work up to thirty minutes before the session, and stay up to thirty minutes after it finishes to help with preparation, planning and evaluation together with the full time Youth Worker RATES OF PAY: The unestablished rates of pay for part-time Youth Workers are shown below: Rates of pay will be between these grades: and are subject to qualification and experience: Grade 1. Grade 2. Grade 3 TRAINING Training in a wide range of skills and issues is available without charge, and you will be required to undertake regular training as appropriate. You are required to complete the Equalities, Introduction to Youth Work, Sexual Health, Substance Misuse, and Health and Safety training courses during your first year of work. These may take place on evenings that you do not usually work. You will be paid for attendance at these courses, and successful completion together with satisfactory achievement at work may lead to appointment at Grade 2. THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS Contracts are only issued following interview, a successful CRB check, personal interview and acceptance of this job description and other local Service policies. THE PERSONAL INTERVIEW As we are committed to the protection of children and vulnerable people we will be recruiting to this post using safer recruitment methods as recommended by the Warner report. We need to ensure that the successful candidate is able to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationships and boundaries with their staff and service users and to ensure that the staff for which they are responsible are similarly competent. Therefore, short-listed candidates will undertake a personal interview as part of the recruitment process in line with good practice. Recruitment/sessional youth worker (p/t)/gj/August 2008