March 2014 Dear Applicant, Re: Young Carers Officer – Juniors Group Thank you for responding to our advert for the above post. Please read all the information enclosed carefully before completing and returning your application form to the above address. Make sure you let us know about your relevant experience, this can be from paid work, voluntary work and/or life experience. Note down carefully under the section 5 of the application form how you meet the Person Specification we give you with the Job Description. It is often a good idea to go through each Person Specification point by point and write down on the form how you meet it. Please note that we do not accept CVs. The closing date for this position is Monday 14th April 2014. If you are short-listed, interviews will take place Wednesday 23rd April 2014. If short listed you will be give a week’s notice of the interview. If you have not heard from us by Wednesday 16th April 2014, you will not have been short-listed. Unfortunately, due to high costs, we cannot let people know personally if they have been unsuccessful. If you would like confirmation that your application has been received please ring us, email Philip on email: [email protected]
or send an SAE postcard to the above address with your completed application form. Yours Sincerely, Diana Jones Diana Jones Chief Executive
YOUNG CARERS OFFICER 1. MAIN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT Job Title
Young Carers Officer – Juniors Group
£25,515 pro rata (£14, 308)
18 hours per week. Some out of office hours working will be expected, particularly Saturdays. Time off in lieu is given.
in line with government policies
25 days per year plus Bank Holidays all pro rata.
Office: Lewisham Carers Centre, Waldram Place, Forest Hill, SE23 Outreach: In various venues around the London Borough of Lewisham
Available until March 2014
Employed by: Carers Lewisham Management Committee, and supervised by Carers Lewisham Young Carers Service Manager. 2.
AIMS OF THE POST
2.1 To co-ordinate respite service for young carers aged 8-11 years old in Lewisham that meets their specific needs and supports their families by increasing young carer’s involvement in groups, activities and events and provide a break from caring. 2.2 To identify and provide practical and emotional support to children and young people who have caring responsibilities within the London Borough of Lewisham aimed at reducing inappropriate caring. 2.3 To raise awareness of the situation of Young Carers with other professionals and the general public. 3.
3.1 To plan, organise and deliver 11 monthly clubs; 18 holiday (day) schemes and events for young carers. 3.2 To carry out home visits and casework for young carers, aged 8-11, who are referred to the service. 3.3 Liaise with young carers to identify their emotional, social and recreational needs and encourage them to access suitable youth orientated services and facilities. 3.4 To co-ordinate Sessional Workers and Volunteer’s involvement in the respite activities as needed.
3.5 To assist with follow up work arising from home visits and enquiries including making phone calls on behalf of young carer’s and their families, making referrals, writing simple letters and making notes on the Carers Lewisham database. 3.6 Act as an advocate on behalf of Young Carers and their families including liaising with schools, social services and other relevant professionals at TAC/F meetings and conferences to improve the quality of life for young carers. 3.7
Giving telephone or other means of practical support where required.
3.8 Consult with young carers and their families in order to deliver a service that is responsive to their needs. 3.9 Provide specific information for Young Carers and professionals in both the statutory and voluntary sectors who may be working with them. 3.10 To assist organising awareness-raising events and workshops, producing newsletters and social networking programmes aimed at raising the profile of and communicating with Young Carers. 3.11 To maintain accurate records on the project’s database, monitoring & evaluation of the young carers service using relevant assessment tools and spreadsheets. 3.12
Provide written reports on the progress of respite activities as appropriate.
3.13 To collect statistical information for monitoring purposes and prepare regular reports on the work and development of the service, and carry out assessments to track the progression of individual young carers. 3.13 To carry out the duties of the post with due regard to Carers Lewisham's Policies and Procedures. 3.14 As a member of the Carers Lewisham Team to participate in collectively responsible activities such as Duties; AGMs and other Team activities as required. 3.15 Must be available to work flexible hours in particular evenings and weekend as necessary. TOIL is given.
PERSON SPECIFICATION ALL ESSENTIAL UNLESS OTHERWISE IDENTIFIED
TO BE USED AS SHORT-LISTING AND INTERVIEWING CRITERIA REQUIREMENTS Awareness of the following issues: • •
An awareness and understanding of the needs of Young Carers An awareness and understanding of the needs of adults with disabilities/ mental ill health problems/ drugs and alcohol substance misuse
A minimum of two year’s experience in the following areas: • • • • • • • •
Experience of working with individuals who look after others or affected by caring Organising and coordinating young person centred programmes and activities Undertaking complex casework directly with young people and their families Engaging and working with diverse young people in a youth orientated environment or setting Have an ability to build good rapport with disadvantaged and marginalised young people Experience of enabling diverse young people to become involved in significant decision making processes Experience of team work and commitment to being a team member Keeping accurate and up to date records
Skills in the following areas: • • • • • • • • • • •
Ability to engage and communicate effectively with a range of young people, particularly those who are affected by caring situation Ability to work with others and foster good teamwork Ability to facilitate and assist one-to-one and group work activity with young people Ability to support and motivate diverse young people, particularly those identified as vulnerable and socially disadvantaged Ability to think through issues that affect young carers and to address these within the delivery of the work Ability to identify and work in line with good youth work practice. Ability to adapt to change Ability to operate effectively on own initiative, under pressure and to deadline IT Literate Report Writing Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Knowledge in the following areas: • • • • •
Knowledge of Safeguarding and Child Protection Practice Understanding of Health & Safety issues Relevant legislation such as The Children Act; Carers Act etc. Basic understanding of principles and practices for work with young people Of the London Borough of Lewisham (desirable)
Of the workings of a voluntary organisation (desirable) Community Care Policies as they affect carers and Young Carers in particular (desirable)
Qualifications: • •
DipSW, CQSW, JNC Youth and Community Work or equivalent. Hold a current First Aid at Work, four-day qualification or be prepared to train for one Equalities: • •
Understanding and commitment to Equal Opportunities and Child Protection policies. Evidence of challenging discrimination, or implementing equal opportunities for work with young carers
Other: • • • •
Ability to work unsocial hours on a regular and frequent basis – evenings, weekends and school holiday periods A willingness to undertake training and continuous professional development training. Access and ability to use your own vehicle e.g. car, bicycle, motorcycle (desirable) Mini-bus driving licence or willingness to learn (desirable)
Special Requirements: This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. A Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) will be required prior to appointment.
PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL
APPLICATION FORM Please complete in black ink or typescript POST TITLE: Young Carers Officer SURNAME:
INITIALS OR NAME:
Home: Telephone No:
Date of Birth: Work:
Email: 1. EDUCATION/TRAINING From
Please continue on additional sheet if necessary. 2. EMPLOYMENT (in chronological order) From To Name and Address of Position held/ Summary
Reason for leaving
(Please continue on additional sheet if necessary) 3. Present or most recent salary: 4. Please tell us something about any voluntary/unpaid activities or positions/offices held that may be relevant to this job: Organisation/Group
5. Please look at the skills and experience required for the job that are outlined in the accompanying job description and person specification and tell why you are applying for the job and how your skills and experience are relevant to it. It is useful for the short-listing panel if you could go through the person specification point by point saying how your experience meets the criteria. Please continue on another sheet if necessary:
6. When could you take up the appointment: 7. You will be working with vulnerable members of the community, please tell us if you have a criminal record and what it is for (a criminal record does not automatically bar you from working for Carers Lewisham):
8. Name, Address and Telephone numbers of two referees. One at least should be a present or most recent employer. Please indicate in what capacity you know the referee: 1. Present/Most Recent Employer
Tel: Email: Job Title:
Tel: Email: Capacity:
9. A report from your present or most recent employer will be required but they will not be approached before you have been offered the position without your permission. May we approach them now? Yes No 10. Where did you see this post advertised: 11. Do you have an up to date DBS?
If Yes what date is it? ................................... 12. I hereby declare that to the best of my knowledge the information given on this form is true and correct and can be treated as part of any subsequent Contract of Employment: Signed:
NOTE: Any false statement within this application regarding qualifications, experience or criminal record will result in disqualification. PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS: Post: Carers Lewisham, Lewisham Carers Centre, Waldram Place, Forest Hill, London, SE23 2LB Email: [email protected]
Fax: 020 8699 0634
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES MONITORING FORM CONFIDENTIAL EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT *
Carers Lewisham ensures that its services are provided for and made accessible to all potential users, regardless of race, colour, ethnic origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, caring responsibilities, economic status, class or religion.
In furtherance of the aims of this equal opportunities policy, Carers Lewisham takes positive action to develop links with carers in all sections of the community to promote the provision of practical help, services, support, advice, advocacy and information which is appropriate and sensitive to their varied needs.
Carers Lewisham is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment for all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, colour, ethnic origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, economic status, class or religion. Its employment policies and practices will ensure that individuals are selected, appointed, trained and promoted fairly and equitably on the basis of criteria relevant to qualification, experience, job performance and in compliance with the objectives of the Association.
Systems for recording, monitoring and reporting are used to evaluate service provision and employment practices in accordance with the Association's Equal Opportunities Policy. Appropriate action will be taken to deal with any discrimination where it is found to exist.
To ensure Carers Lewisham meets its objectives on Equal Opportunities we request that you complete this form and return it with your application form. How would you describe you ethnic group: Are you registered disabled:
This form will be detached from your job application and be kept separately for monitoring purposes only. THANK YOU.