Advocacy and Participation Worker – North Lanarkshire

Advocacy and Participation Worker
North Lanarkshire
Based in Bellshill
35 hours per week
£21,858 – £28,230 per annum

Who Cares? Scotland is the country’s only national independent, representative membership organisation for Care Experienced people.  Our vision is of a Lifetime of Equality, Respect and Love for Care Experienced people.

The post holder will work directly with children and young people with experience of care in an individual relationship-based advocacy role and within participation and group activity.  This unique role requires you  to listen to what they say and support them to ensure their rights are upheld and their voices are heard in the processes of making decisions about their lives.  You will also help facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities, and create the conditions for collective advocacy, including the work of the Today Not Tomorrow (TNT) group and related Champions Board activity and reporting.  This activity  brings young people together, allowing them to develop confidence, a sense of belonging and the opportunity to identify common issues.  You will help ensure their voices are heard by care corporate parents and communities, creating positive change.

You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland and working within the Lanarkshire locality team. Nationally and regionally, this is an exciting time to join, when the voices of those who are in or have experienced care are growing in power, individually and collectively – bringing with them insight, challenge, hope and change.

The right candidate will have a relevant qualification, to a minimum HNC/SVQ 3 (SCQF level 7) in a discipline related to working with children and young people, or equivalent work experience.  You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.  You will be able to form positive working relationships with children and young people, and develop relationships  with professional partners.  You may also have experience delivering training or engaging a range of audiences and working collaboratively.

You will be committed to children’s rights, inclusive working, equal opportunities, and believe that young people can make transformative change happen in their lives if given the opportunity.  A full driving licence is also required, due to the requirements of this post.

We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of the care system who meet the criteria for the post.

Closing date for applications is Friday 8th February 2019, at 12 noon.

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