Depaul UK JOB DESCRIPTION POST: Project Worker – NE Region Supported Accommodation HOURS: 35 hours per week SALARY: 20,58 £20,589 NJC Scale Range 24 to 28, £20,589 - £23,406pa + sleep in allowance, pension & other benefits HOLIDAY: inclusive 35 days per annum, inclusive of bank and statutory holidays RESPONSIBLE TO: The Project Manager _____________________________________________________________________ An enhanced CRB check is required for this post as the post holder will directly working with vulnerable young people. SUMMARY OF JOB The project workers role is to provide advice, practical support, and personal life skills development that young people require to move towards independence. You will have direct responsibility for keyworking 3 residents and be expected to support all residents when on duty. Throughout the role you will ensure that young people are enabled to take control over decisions affecting their lives and the way the project is run. AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY 1. MAIN TASKS 1.1 To participate in a rota system, which ensures the project, is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This involves sleep in shifts, weekend work and lone working 1.2 To ensure the smooth running of the project, implementing house rules and policies and procedures as required. 1.3 To deal with any emergency which occurs in the project. 1.4 To facilitate regular residents meetings and other ways of working with residents to plan activities and the running of the project. 1.5 To participate in the keyworking and support planning system, providing individual support, guidance and information to the residents, including advice and assistance on resettlement. 1.6 To receive payments of rent, to issue receipts, and maintain necessary records. To keep accurate records of petty cash expenditure. Depaul UK 1.7 To discuss referrals with appropriate agencies, and colleagues, to arrange interviews for prospective residents and implement admission procedures. 1.8 To liaise with benefits agencies, local authority and other statutory bodies regarding benefits and possible employment/training. 2. TEAM WORK 2.1 To participate in weekly staff meetings and one to one supervision with the Project Manager. 2.2 To provide emergency cover when necessary, including emergency call out, if required. This may be to assist or relieve the staff member on duty, or to provide back-up support/information. 2.3 To participate in appropriate staff training programmes and to keep up-to- date with relevant legislation by reading and attendance of training schemes. 2.4 To undertake the development and updating of specialised information in certain areas, e.g. resettlement, training and employment, counselling, entertainment, etc. 2.5 To support other workers at the project. 3. OTHER 3.1 To assist the Project Manager in ensuring the maintenance of the building, furniture and fittings. To maintain Health and Safety standards including Fire Safety procedures. 3.2 To follow the fire officer's requirements with regard to fire drills and ensure residents are fully aware of the fire procedures. 3.3 To promote awareness of the project and its work within the local community. 4 GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES 4.1 In conjunction with your Line Manager to continuously develop the role to ensure that all tasks are being undertaken in an effective and appropriate manner which meet the strategic aims and objectives of Depaul UK. 4.2 To participate in internal/external meetings as required, and attend training events, conferences and other functions as necessary. 4.3 To participate in regular supervision and annual appraisal, and help in identifying your own job-related development and training needs. Depaul UK 4.4 To ensure that all Depaul UK policies and procedures are being adhered to, particularly those relating to Health and Safety, Code of Practice and Confidentiality. 4.5 To contribute to the effective implementation of Depaul’s Diversity and Equality Policy as it affects both Depaul and its work with young people. 4.6 Undertake any other duties that may be required which are commensurate with the role. 4.7 To at all times undertake your role in a professional manner maintaining a high quality standard of work, and to always work in accordance with the aims, values and ethos of Depaul UK1. CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU – DISCLOSURE Depaul UK aims to promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential. Depaul UK welcomes applications from diverse candidates. Criminal records will be taken into account for requirement purposes only when the conviction is relevant. As Depaul UK meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check from the Criminal Records Bureau before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings, as well as convictions. 1 Depaul UK has a close relationship with the Catholic Church, the Vincentian Movement and other Christian denominations. It is important that all staff have respect for this relationship (refer to background notes). Depaul UK PERSON SPECIFICATION POST: Project Worker – NE _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _____________________ This person specification sets out the various criteria which are desirable for the post and by which we will assess your application. When completing your application form please address all the points set out below. 1. EXPERIENCE 1.1 Substantial experience of working in a residential housing project for young people. 1.2 Experience of working with homeless people. 1.3 Experience of keyworking. 1.4 Experience of working with disadvantaged young people. 1.5 Experience of involving clients in the way services are designed to meet their needs. 2. KNOWLEDGE 2.1 A clear understanding of the principle causes and effects of youth homelessness. 2.2 A knowledge of the support needs of young people and how they might be best met. 2.3 A knowledge of statutory and voluntary resources available to young people. 2.4 A knowledge of Health and Safety and anti discriminatory working practices, and the implications of both in the working environment. 3. SKILLS AND ABILITIES 3.1 Ability to be a flexible and co-operative member of a team. 3.2 Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. 3.3 An ability to act calmly in emergencies and to respond in a professional manner to stressful and challenging behaviour. 3.4 An ability to make decisions; to interview prospective residents and to gauge the projects appropriateness in relation to their needs. 3.5 An ability to work confidently on one's own and to deal with any situation which may arise. 3.6 An ability to maintain accurate records for client information, keyworking, rent and petty cash. 3.7 Ability to lone work in the supported accommodation project. 4. ATTITUDE 4.1 Commitment to consultative ways of working, both within the staff team and with the young people who use the service. 4.2 Commitment to high standards of services for homeless young people. 4.3 Commitment to staff development. 4.4 Respect for the values and ethos of Depaul and its founding partners. Depaul UK 4.5 Commitment to working in a manner which promotes diversity and equality ensuring that everyone is treated with respect and dignity and no one suffers from discrimination. 4.6 Commitment to promoting an environment which has the highest regard for the Health and Safety of others. 5. CONTRACTUAL 5.1 Ability to work a changing shift pattern which will include sleep-ins and lone working.
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