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Support Worker (Service Support)

Who are we: We are Everton in the Community, one of the UK`s top sporting charities and firmly established on the world stage of community and sports development. We are considered one of the Premier League`s leading community schemes due to the quality and reach of its various programmes.

Since 1988, Everton in the Community has been at the forefront of social intervention across Merseyside, not afraid to tackle issues which others shied away from. We use the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire people in our local communities to improve their life chances. If you would like to be part of a fantastic team, that really strives to make a difference in thousands of lives, then please get in touch today to find out more about our careers.

About the opportunity: Our Community and Support Services target the most high-risk and vulnerable young people aged 10-19 years old, across our Youth Engagement Team. Through our School Support programme at 41 Goodison, we offer intense support and positive interventions to individuals who are involved in criminality or being criminally exploited, struggling, or excluded from education and/or having troubles within the family home.

Our main aim is to give children, young people, and their families the support and opportunities to develop social skills, gain qualifications, improve health and well-being and have new experiences in a safe and friendly environment. We want to raise the aspirations of our children and young people, with a clear goal of them having a safe transition in to adulthood and reaching their full potential.

We focus on personalised support and tailoring our services to the needs and aspirations to those we support enabling them to fulfil their potential and achieve their own life goals. Linking in with other organisations to provide quality wrap around support, ensuring all aspects of life are covered.

Based at a variety of school locations across Merseyside, Goodison Park and any other location deemed suitable by the Interventions Manager and/or support supervisor, the School Support Worker will be responsible for managing a caseload of young people, devising a tailored support plan suited to the individuals needs and issues, and successful delivery of this plan. The support worker will liaise with schools, families and external professionals working with the young person (such as children’s services, and mental health services, etc) to promote collaborative working and to ensure the young person is safe from risk /harm.

The school support worker will be also versatile to incorporate support needs for the young people using relevant resources such as online mentoring, intervention delivery and face to face mentoring in venues such as schools or EITC facilities

Other key responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Interventions manager and/or Support supervisor to ensure that young people are recruited, developed, engaged and monitored in line with Everton in the Community guidelines.

  • Meeting with and support a case load of young people, aged 10-19, at the locations included above but not limited to: Goodison Park and Schools.

  • Assessing the needs of the young person and put together a tailored individual action plan that incorporate a wide variety of activities.

  • Contribute to the formation of agreed supervision plans for the effective management of young people and young adults in the community, always considering the safety of the individual and the wider public.

  • Provide both 1:1 and small targeted group mentoring to a caseload of young people

  • Deliver interventions appropriate to the individuals needs and identified risk, protective factors, both during referral and throughout their time on the programme.

Who we are looking for: We are looking for an individual(s) with integrity and the ability to inspire commitment, enthusiasm and confidence from staff, participants, Trustees, and the wider community.

The successful candidate(s) will have a genuine interest in the support and development of young people, and be able to demonstrate patience, empathy and a non-judgemental attitude towards both colleagues and young people.

Other key Knowledge and Skills will include:

  • The ability to stay calm in pressurised situations and make good decisions

  • The ability to gain the trust of young people in order to motivate them to achieve

  • The ability to handle challenging behaviour

  • Able to work and communicate with a host of integrated services i.e. Schools, YOT’s/Police/Social Services, to best support young people

  • Solid experience of 1-to-1 support work with young people; to include assessment, intervention planning and mutual care plans

  • Experience of delivering workshops and targeted interventions both in a school and community setting

  • Enhanced CRB Disclosure Certification

  • VRQ/NVQ Level 2 in Youth Work or other relevant qualification/experience in youth or community work

  • MIDAS certificate (or willing to complete)

  • Certificate/Training in Safeguarding

  • Mentoring qualifications (willingness to work towards)

  • Full UK driving Licence

The core hours for this role will be 35 hours per week. Primary location will be at schools and Goodison Park, although you may be required to work at any other location deemed suitable by the Interventions Manager and/or support supervisor.

This opportunity will be offered on a fixed term basis for a 12 month period.

The Everton Family is committed to equal opportunities and is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We provide a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process; we accept all job applications in a variety of formats and should you need any documents in a different format or require any further support or assistance please contact the Recruitment Team.

The Everton Family is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.