Participation & Inclusion Worker

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Salary: £13,071 per annum (pro rata of £26,497 per annum for a 18.5-hour week)
Type of work: Fixed-term for 6 months, part-time
Hours of work: 18.5 hours per week
Closing date: 3rd Feb 2023

Interview date: Week commencing 6th March 2023

Location: Greenock Road, Bishopton PA7 5PW

Pattern of work: 2.5 days each week within Monday to Friday with a degree of flexibility and some weekend working may be required

“Scotland must make sure that people who work with children and their families get all the help they need to do the best job they can” The Promise

Do you have lived experience of the care and/or justice systems?

Are you passionate about helping young people thrive and flourish?

Do you have the skills to engage with young people and support them to reach their maximum potential?

“Our purpose is to provide a positive, life-changing experience for young people through individual care, education and skills development focused on promoting young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing and longer-term positive outcomes.”

The Good Shepherd Centre (GSC) campus just outside Bishopton offers young people a safe, nurturing and caring environment set in fabulous grounds with a garden wildlife trail and outdoor sports facility. On-campus there are three secure care houses, a close support house & a semi-independent living cottage. Young people who live with us continue their education in our school, on campus, or attend further education out with the campus.

Young people referred to our houses have experienced significant difficulties in their lives, and many will have faced traumatic and harmful situations and may be experiencing psychological distress; mental health problems; and problems coping with managing feelings and day to day life. We offer a place of safety and nurture where we support young people and their families, alongside the professionals involved in their lives, to make sense of these experiences and to build hope, coping skills and goals for the future.

The Participation and Inclusion Worker will include working with young people to find creative, imaginative and engaging ways to make sure that their voices are heard and are acted on.

The Participation and Inclusion Worker will also support young people to have their say and influence people who make decisions about their care, highlighting and advocating issues that are important to young people.

Through ensuring that the work is in keeping with legislative, procedural, and good practice requirements and guidance, the overall focus of the role is to build trusting relationships with young people within a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment. You will work as part of a team to support young people to meet their needs, achieve their goals and build hope for their future.

The successful candidate will have great communication skills; be adaptable and reliable.

There is also a requirement to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) within the first six months of employment.

GSC offers employees a great benefits package and you will be joining an enthusiastic and dedicated team.

This is an exciting time to join Team GSC as we seek to build on our strong reputation for relational practice and through delivering ambitious strategic goals to Keep The GSC Promise.

We would love to hear from you, if you have experience of supporting or a determination to support young people and you are committed to Children’s Rights.

If you are looking for a new and exciting role in the third sector and would welcome the opportunity to help young people achieve their potential, then working as part of our dedicated and experienced team may be a good move for you.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact either Robert Clark, Head of Intensive Support and Throughcare or Joan Hodgkiss, Wellbeing Manager on 01505 864500.

While we appreciate the time and effort put into applying for a post with us, we regret that due to the high volume of applications anticipated during this recruitment campaign we will be unable to respond to unsuccessful applications. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you within fourteen days of the closing date.

We are developing an innovative selection process to have a focus on values and engagement with young people.

Please note, as per our company policy, we are strictly unable to accept CV’s.

To apply, please complete our application form available to download below and submit to [email protected] by the closing date. Alternatively, you can request an application pack by email at [email protected] or by telephone to the HR department on 01505 864500.

Pre-Employment Medical Questionnaires will be undertaken prior to confirmation of employment. All convictions whether spent or unspent must be declared. These posts are regulated work with children under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. The preferred candidate will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update check. Where an individual has spent a continuous period of 3 months or more out with the UK in the last 5 years, an Overseas Criminal Record Check will be required. You will be required to provide this check. A confirmed offer of employment and commencement in the post will be subject to the outcome of both these pre-employment checks being deemed satisfactory.

Please download the candidate pack here

Download the application form here

Download the Equal Opportunities form here

Please send the completed application and equal opportunity forms to [email protected]

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