Development Officer (Youth Participation & Engagement) – South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire Development Officer (Youth Participation & Engagement)
Based Hamilton, with regional travel
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 facilitate participation and engagement of care-experienced children and young people from South Lanarkshire.  The intention is to create opportunities for the voices, views and experiences of care experienced children and young people to be heard by professionals, carers and leaders, helping to bring about positive change.

The post holder will work closely with partner organisations to develop a programme of engagement and participation activities, through this developing and maintaining excellent working relationships with these partner organisations. Core activities will include issue-based group work, forums and events, and the post-holder will need to utilise youth work and/or community engagement skills in this role.

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.  They will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.  They will be able to form positive working relationships with children and young people and build links with professional partners, and have a strong affinity for working collaboratively.

The right candidate will have managerial experience and skills and be comfortable managing and prioritising their workload to mead deadlines.  They 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 regional remit of the 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 10th May at 12 noon.
Interviews will be held on Thursday 23rd May in Bellshill.

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