Are you a proactive, compassionate and highly organised individual with a proven record of engaging positively with young people or other vulnerable groups, as well as providing support, advice and advocacy and the ability to assess clients’ needs?
If so, St Giles Trust is looking for a Youth Violence and Exploitation Mentor to join our team and provide a high-level support service to young people under 18 years old impacted by gangs, youth violence, county lines and exploitation as either victims or perpetrators.
About this vital role
As our Youth Violence and Exploitation Mentor your focus will be engaging and supporting children and young people in Telford once they have been identified as being involved in a violence related incident, being at risk of exploitation or gang affiliated. You will build positive relationships with them and their families, produce risk management plans based on assessments and promote inter-agency collaboration in the assessment and planning process.
You will also deliver a holistic support service, which includes providing a practical service for aspects such as social and housing support, education, training and employment options and debt advice. We will also count on you to have links with agencies providing services to the client group, to be aware of referral routes and to actively promote good partnerships and effective joint working.
What we are looking for
- Experience of engaging successfully with challenging people, such as people with complex needs, people who are reluctant to discuss their needs, and people who are angry and confused
- Experience in negotiating with partner agencies to establish links to further the aims of a project
- Knowledge of the client group and the challenges and motivations of young people
- Knowledge of, and commitment to, safeguarding practices and policies, and ability to promote safeguarding among vulnerable clients and colleagues
- A knowledge of ‘County Lines’ (drug distribution networks) and how they operate
- The ability to use and develop monitoring systems to record all aspects of the project
- Impressive interpersonal, relationship-building and communication skills, both verbal and written
- A flexible, proactive and collaborative approach to your work
St Giles will guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria set out in the Job Description for the vacancy.
In return, you can expect a competitive salary, generous leave allowance, staff pension, flexible working, a mentoring programme, an advice and counselling service, childcare vouchers, season ticket loan and much more.
As an organisation that works with children and adults at risk we are committed to safeguarding, protecting and promoting the safety of our clients. An enhanced DBS check is required for all successful applicants.
About St Giles Trust
An ambitious, well-established charity that helps people facing adversity to find jobs, homes and the right support they need. Central to our ethos is our belief that people with first-hand experience of successfully overcoming issues such as an offending background, homelessness, addictions and gang involvement, hold the key to positive change in others.
St Giles is now a kickstart employer, so we are part of the scheme which provides job opportunities for 16-24-year-olds who are currently on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.
Successful candidates should expect to be appointed at the starting point of the salary scale. A higher salary will only be considered for exceptional candidates with strong evidence of relevant experience.
Full-time (35 hours pw) – Fixed term contract until 31 March 2023