Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of care experienced young people? Do you have a background in youth work, advocacy, or first hand knowledge of care experienced young people? We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and dedicated individual to join our team as a Personal Advisor. We are looking for the right candidate to join us in empowering and supporting care experienced young people as they transition into adulthood and independence.
At Warwickshire County Council, we are committed to providing comprehensive support to care experienced young people aged 18-25. We aim to create opportunities for care experienced young people, helping them build fulfilling lives and achieve their goals and ensuring positive outcomes. We work closely with our young people, supporting them through all their unique needs and challenges, while fostering their personal growth and resilience.
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As a Personal Advisor, you will play a pivotal role in assisting care experienced young people on their journey to independence. You will provide holistic support, supporting them as a trusted mentor, advocate, and guide throughout their transition period into adult life. Your responsibilities will include:
Building meaningful relationships: Establishing a strong rapport with care experienced young people, earning their trust and respect while demonstrating empathy and understanding.
Creating individual pathway plans tailored to each young person's needs, goals, and aspirations. Assisting them in developing life skills, accessing education, training, and employment opportunities, and promoting their overall well-being. You will also be responsible for ensuring that our young people are aware of and access all their entitlements through the local offer for care leavers.
Advocacy and representation: Championing the rights and needs of care experienced young people, advocating for their voices to be heard and influencing positive change.
Partnership working: Collaborating with a variety of partner agencies and organisations to ensure coordinated and seamless support for our young people.
Empowerment and resilience-building: There is the potential for facilitating workshops, training sessions, and group activities that enhance life skills, emotional well-being, and self-confidence among care experienced young people.
We are looking for candidates with
A background in youth work, advocacy, or a first hand understanding of care experienced young people, which will enable you to relate to their experiences and challenges they face.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, allowing you to build strong relationships and engage effectively with a diverse range of individuals.
A compassionate and empathetic approach, coupled with the ability to provide non-judgmental support, guidance, and encouragement.
Strong organisational and time management abilities to ensure the efficient delivery of support services.
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A positive and resilient mindset, with the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and where necessary go the extra mile for our young people.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends, when/if required on occasions.
The role entails travelling both within Warwickshire and out of county, therefore regular access to a vehicle will be required.
If you are looking for a rewarding role within a high performing and settled team where you can make a meaningful impact and be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of care experienced young people, we want to hear from you! Join our passionate team and contribute to the personal and professional development of those who need it the most.
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For further details please see the job description and person specification
Warwickshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an appropriate DBS disclosure.
For an informal discussion about the position please contact Peter Berridge /Leanne McCormack, Team Manager on 02476754380
Closing Date: 07 December 2023
Interview Date: 14 / 15 December 2023
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