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Young Persons Advice and Guidance Officer

  • Post Ref: 8807
  • Department: Inclusion and Family Services
  • Salary details: £24,982 - £27,741 FTE per annum
  • Employment Status: Full Time
  • Hourly Rate:
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Working Weeks:
  • Closing date: 11 April 2021
  • Interview date: 20 April 2021
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Are you an experienced practitioner looking for a new and exciting opportunity that gives you the chance to make a real difference to young people in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole?

If you are a creative, solution-focused individual who can help 12-19 year olds to overcome the challenges and complexities they face and have a desire to support young people to achieve sustainable change in their lives we’d like to hear from you.

For some young people, life can be challenging, and they need people around them who they can trust to provide advice, support and encouragement so they know which way to turn.  We want practitioners that young people can trust, that they will recommend to their friends and who understand what it’s like to be a teenager. If you have the skills to support young people to move forward positively with their lives, then this is the role for you.

Based in our 507 Youth Access Point (currently working remotely due to Covid 19), you will need to be able to work across the BCP council area, providing cover to our other Youth Access Points; Number 18 in Poole and Sussed in Kinson. You may also work from a range of other venues across BCP such as schools and community settings to ensure we are providing the services that young people need, where they need them.

Our team provides information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues including work and learning, sexual health, housing and substance misuse. We are also responsible for the tracking and engagement of NEET young people across the BCP council area. This support is currently provided both virtually and face to face with further support provision via our UP in BCP website and social media platforms.

This unique and exciting opportunity will require the successful candidate to have a relevant qualification at NVQ level 4 or above and  a proven track record of supporting young people with complex and challenging needs in an IAG/Careers, Youth Work or Health and Social Care setting.

In return we will:

  • Support you to develop an understanding of the local context and existing ways of working.
  • Create an opportunity for you to work in innovative ways to meet the needs of young people.
  • Work with you to evaluate your practice and its findings in a way that will help you to enhance your skills and knowledge as well as informing practice across a range of services. 
  • Enable you to access structured supervision and personal development opportunities.
  • Provide you with a team of like-minded individuals focused on making a real difference.

Please read the attached Job Description and Person Specification and, if you would like to find out more prior to application, contact:

 Nina Wilson -  nina.wilson@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the community and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment.  Applicants to this post will be required to complete the appropriate level of Disclosure & Barring Service Check. Please refer to the Person Specification for more details.

As a result of the creation of BCP Council in 2019, we are working on simplifying our terms and conditions of service and will be creating a single pay structure which all of our employees will move on to. It is important to us that we offer benefits that our colleagues value as part of their total employment package and we are reviewing these to make sure we have it right. We’re hoping to implement these changes in October 2021 and all colleagues joining us will be included in these changes.