At Swindon Borough Council, we want our town to be the best it can be. Our ambitious vision is supported by realistic transformation programmes, with the people of Swindon at their heart. Because that’s who we’re doing it for – the communities and businesses that make our town great. As part of the Council, you’ll support a friendly local authority making decisions with real impact. It’s all for better public services and processes, together with a better quality of life, for everyone. Join us, and Swindon will be better with you.

We have an exciting and unique opportunity to join our dynamic and ambitious Youth Engagement team as a Detached Youth Worker. We have four 18-month fixed term posts and we are looking for nationally qualified Youth Workers (or qualified in a related field) to join this newly established area of work.

Swindon Borough Council has been successful in securing Safer Streets Funding Round 4 and part of the bid is funding to establish a Detached Youth Work team. The mandatory focus for the bids is to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and issues relating to Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG). Safer Streets funding is provided by the Home Office and allocated to Police & Crime Commission boundaries (OPCC).

Your next role

You will be required undertake detached work directly with young people in a variety of settings, wherever young people meet and develop their social education. To identify, target and work with young people who are involved in anti-social behaviour and related disorder to identify their needs and introduce a programme of activities to provide new positive opportunities and experiences. Primarily, but not exclusively, the work will take place on the street, but also in parks, cafés, shopping centres, and other spaces young people access.

To engage with young people at their “teachable, reachable” moments which will include custody, admission to A&E, and other opportunities. This will involve working with and as part of a multi-agency response to young people’s needs.

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    To succeed in this role, you will hold a specialist qualification (at least level 4) in a related field e.g. Youth Work, Youth Justice, Mental Health etc. It would be preferable if this qualification was a professional level youth work qualification. You will need demonstrable working knowledge of working with young people, current knowledge of youth cultures and the issues that affect young people.. You will also need resilience, skills in risk management, the ability to manage your own time well and the ability to prioritise your work.

    We are looking for the right person who is able to:

    • Regular evening and weekend work are required for this role.
    • Work in a variety of settings which will include on the streets and in parks (i.e. detached settings), Custody suite at Gablecross Police Station, A&E department GWH, schools, home visits, and other settings that provide a “reachable, teachable” moments to work with young people.
    • To work effectively with individuals as well as small and large groups of young people.

    If you believe you have the skills, experience and enthusiasm to join this service and make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people and their families then we want to hear from you.

    You must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act “for the effective performance of a customer-facing role”).

    Your next package

    Please see our Rewards and Benefits offer for more details.

    As an employee, you will receive a diverse and exciting environment in which to work, encouraging creativity and innovation whilst recognising the need to support ongoing personal development and a flexible work life balance.

    For Swindon to thrive in the future, we need to lay the foundations now. It’s why our regeneration and transformation programmes are already underway. So, you’ll be joining us at an exciting time on our journey. We’ll look to you to share your knowledge, influence decisions and drive real, positive change. With your contributions, we’ll achieve our vision of a prosperous, re-vitalised Swindon by 2030 together. And you’ll be proud to say it was made better with you.

    Your next steps

    Your next steps

    Read the role profile and select the Apply button where you will be redirected to the Swindon Borough Council website to complete our online application process. Clicking the ‘Apply’ button on this job website is not an application, you must register on the Swindon Borough Council website in order to be considered for the role.

    For further information about the role, please contact Steve Smith, Operational Manager, Youth Engagement & UTurn on 07500 959192.

    If you are experiencing technical issues submitting your application please email resourcing@swindon.gov.uk

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