The post is fixed term for 2 years.
Location: Dartmoor Mat Social Inclusion Hubs; Okehampton, Holsworthy, Tavistock.
There are 18 full member schools within Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust; 3 secondary schools, 14 primary schools and an all through specialist designation SEMH free school. We are seeking to completely reshape and reimagine our social inclusion provision for some of our most vulnerable and underserved children and young people by delivering a nurture based curriculum to engage and re-engage them in a meaningful experience of education that will inspire them to recalibrate and realign with personal ambition and aspiration.
As a Trust we found everything that we do on our core moral purpose, cooperative values and ambition to make tangible differences to the lives and life chances of our Trust community members. We are seeking an appropriately qualified and experienced youth worker who can work with us and help us shape the provision in partnership with other professionals, voluntary and volunteer organisations and our community partners. We are particularly keen to work in close and authentic partnership with other youth service providers.
This job description is not a comprehensive definition of the post. Discussions will take place on a regular basis to clarify individual responsibilities within the general framework and character of the post as identified below.
• To support, be able to articulate and promote the Trust’s social justice and inclusion agenda and to act as a champion for all children, young people and families but most specifically for those from underserved and vulnerable cohorts.
To be proactive in the setting up and development of three inclusion and social justice hubs that will address the needs of children and young people across the Trust.
• To work closely relationally and proactively with serving leaders and professionals in our schools and with the members of the Trust D Secure strategic leadership team to actively identify opportunities and operationally implement strategies to impact positively on the lives and life changes of children, young people and families within the Trust especially those who are disengaged and struggling to have a meaningful education experience.
• To support with the development and implementation of systems, processes and mechanisms to develop outstanding community and professional partnerships with the aim of impacting positively on lives and life chances.
• To be an integral part of the Trust wide D Secure Social Inclusion Team Around the Child. (SITAC).
• To influence and be able to coordinate a curriculum for disengaged, vulnerable and underserved children and young people that will prevent them from being persistently or severely absent, suspended, truanting, excluded and/or NEET.
• To contribute to the mentoring and supervision of a number of degree level youth work apprentices who will form part of the social inclusion team.
• To work proactively on in reach and outreach programmes that connect children and young people with their local communities and afford opportunities for them to acquire significant cultural capital.
• Contribute to the Trust “Cradle to Career” strategy.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- assess the needs of young people to correctly plan and deliver programmes related to areas such as health, mental health and wellbeing, fitness, smoking, drugs, gangs, violence, relationships and bullying
- With support establish a nurture-based curriculum and implement it so that no child or young person leaves education without functional skills and suitable qualifications.
- When and where appropriate ensure that children and young people transition back into their school settings able to be resilient and engage.
- set up and run arts-based activities, community/environmental projects, residential activities, outdoor education and sporting activities
- develop a relationship with young people based on respect and trust, ensuring they have a safe place to develop their identity and place in society
- establish boundaries and challenge inappropriate behaviour
- support young people in different settings, including outreach work
- mentor, coach and support individuals, encouraging greater social inclusion
- set targets for progression and regularly monitor and review the quality of the Trust’s youth work provision
- work in partnership with Trust and school personnel, families and other key people in the young person's life, as well as with professionals from other organisations involved with young people such as youth service providers, social care, health, police, youth offending teams and local authorities, in order to build a strong support network
- attend and contribute to multi-agency meetings and where appropriate convene/be lead professional for Early Help processes, bringing together practitioners from different sectors as part of a 'team around the family' (TAF) approach
- attend regular training and development opportunities to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding, health and safety, and local policy developments
- recruit, induct, train and manage staff, including volunteers
- design and deliver CPD to Trust adults and parental learning opportunities to families/carers.
- undertake administrative tasks, maintain effective recording systems and respond to queries
- work with parents and community groups to win support for improved provision and act as an advocate for young people's interests
- identify and pursue sources of funding for projects to improve services and/or resources for young people
- draw up business plans, manage budgets, write reports and make formal presentations to funding bodies.
Additional information for all posts
The post holder is required to comply with all relevant policies and procedures pertinent to their post www.dartmoormat.org.uk
In Accordance with the Risk Management Strategy, employees will participate, whenever required, with the risk management process. They will support line managers by attending mandatory and statutory training, completing incident/accident forms for every adverse event or near miss that occurs, report all defects and complaints, and communicate any dangerous situation to individuals potentially at risk.
Health and Safety at Work:
You must co-operate with those in authority and others in meeting the statutory requirements and in following policies and procedures
You may be required to be able to undertake physical intervention training and participate in physical intervention as part of a physical intervention team
All employees have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards their health and wellbeing. As a Trust employee the postholder will continue to adhere to the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and all other employee-related policies of Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust at all times.
This Job Description is not exhaustive and may change as the post develops, but such change will not take place without consultation between the post holder and his/her manager. Job descriptions should be reviewed at least annually at the appraisal meeting.
Data Protection / General Data Protection Regulations Compliance
The Privacy Notice sets our general principles in relation to Data Protection and the General Data Protection Regulations. You should also abide all Trust policies relating to the use of data including but not limited to:
- Acceptable Use Policy
- Records Retention Policy
- Personal Data Breach Procedure
- Employee Code of Conduct
- E-safety Policy
- Social Media Policy
- Use of Personal Devices Policy
You should note that a duty of confidentiality applies to all personal data they see prior to their first day of employment (for example, pupil lists for the purposes of lesson planning or other activities to support teaching and learning). This reflects the custom and practice of teachers’ contracts of employment starting on the first day of term while recognising the need to be aware of and plan to support pupil needs.
All schools in Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the
welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The successful candidate will be required to undertake a new Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).
For more information and to apply visit https://dartmoormat.org.uk/careers-with-us/support-staff-vacancies/
- OrganisationOther Organisations
- Work LocationWest DevonDevonTorridge
- Work Postcode
Dartmoor Mat Social Inclusion Hubs; Okehampton, Holsworthy, Tavistock.
- Occupational GroupYouth & Community
- Salary Details
Grade E: £26,357 - £29,439
- Job TermFixed
- Appointment TypeFull Time
40 hours per week (Flexible including some evening and weekend work and out of normal school opening time work)
- Closing Date
- DBS Check Required