Advocacy and Participation Worker
Based in Orkney
30 hours per week, permanent contract
£23,093 to £28,866 per annum pro-rata
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 primarily in an individual relationship-based advocacy role. This 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 facilitate a broad range of participatory and engagement opportunities and create the conditions for collective advocacy. This often brings young people together, allowing them to develop confidence, a sense of belonging and the opportunity to identify common issues. Working closely with partners and Orkney Islands Council services, you will help ensure Care Experienced voices are heard by Corporate Parents and communities, creating positive change.
You will be joining Who Cares? Scotland, UK Charity of the Year 2018, at an exciting time, 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 post-holder will be part of a growing and dynamic team in the North.
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 maintain and develop links with professional partners. 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 the post.
We particularly welcome applications from individuals with experience of the care system.
For an informal discussion on the opportunity, please call Tom Boyd, our Advocacy and Participation Manager, North, on 07971 072 983.
Closing date for applications is Thursday 12th September 2019, at 12 noon.
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 24th September 2019.