Carers Choices – Young Carers Co-ordinator

Carers Choices – Young Carers Co-ordinator

Responsible To: Operations Manager
Hours: 25 hours per week which can be worked flexibly but must cover Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to maintain current provision. Overtime will be available to cover additional project work.
Salary: £20,733 pro rata

Reporting to the Operations Manager you will take the day to day responsibility for planning and organising activities that support the Young Carers who access our services. You will manage a small team of support workers and volunteers who assist at the sessions.

Your duties will also include building relationships with schools and other organisations to support the identification of Young Carers and encourage referrals to our service.

The hours can be worked flexibly but must cover Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during term time in order to maintain current provision. Overtime will be available to cover additional project work.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working with children and/or young people and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the pressures faced by Young Carers. Home visits to new Young Carers will be part of your role so access to a car with business insurance is essential. You will also be required to drive company vehicles which includes an 8-seater minibus.

Purpose of Job
• To be responsible for leading the planning and delivery of a programme of activities for Young Carers (7-18 years) across the Castle Point and Basildon districts including managing a team of paid staff and volunteers.
• To provide support and information for Young Carers
• To develop relationships with schools and other services in supporting the identification of Young Carers and provision of support
• To further the aims of the charity by contributing to organisation-wide activities such as events, fundraising etc.

Main Objectives
• To ensure the provision of a term-time programme of sessions which support, raise aspirations and empower Young Carers in undertaking their caring role and offer them time to mix with their peers
• To deliver services within the allocated budget including:
o organising activities
o management of staff and volunteers including rota setting
o risk assessments
o recording of attendance using Salesforce
o involving young carers in planning future activity
• To undertake impact measuring activities (quantitative and qualitative) and complete monitoring returns to funders
• To make home visits to Young Carers referred to the service to understand the nature of their caring duties and ensure our service is the right one for them
• To identify and make applications to potential funders to support ongoing development of Young Carers service
• To establish and maintain positive relationships with Young Carers and to be sensitive to their needs, responding in the most appropriate manner including one to one support if necessary
• To build relationships with schools and other providers to support them in identifying Young Carers and assisting them to develop services to meet their needs
• To provide information and signpost to other areas of support
• To maintain accurate records in line with data protection using the Carers Choices IT system (Salesforce)
• Promote the Young Carers Groups within their respective areas to maximise the numbers attending
• To take responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in your care
• To organise trips out during the school holidays and other ad hoc/time-limited sessions
• To work within Carers Choices Safeguarding Children Policy

PERSON SPECIFICATION: Young Carers Co-ordinator
Training and Knowledge
• Understanding of Safeguarding Children/Child Protection
• Understanding of the issues faced by Young Carers
• To have knowledge of legislation as follows:
o Equal Opportunities
o Health and Safety
o Confidentiality
o Data Protection
• Be willing to commit to undertaking training essential to the role
Skills and Abilities
• It is essential to be able to communicate effectively with young people, parents, colleagues and external
o Verbally
o In written reports and records
• Ability to plan interesting activities that will engage Young Carers and build their life skills
• Be able to work with minimum supervision and use own initiative to deliver high quality services
• Be able to build good working relationships with a variety of people
• Be creative
• Respect the values of Carers Choices
• Be numerate and computer literate
• Good level of English and Maths
• Youth work qualification is desirable but not essential
• An experience of supporting the management of groups of children/young people e.g. Youth Workers etc.
• Be understanding of Children’s Rights, Children’s Act and equal opportunities policy and practices.
• Be familiar with Carers issues and legislation of Disabilities and Mental Health issues and Welfare Rights.
Other Requirements:
• To be willing to travel to different venues within the locality including providing transport to Young Carers
using company cars and minibuses.
• Own vehicle available for use at work with appropriate insurance cover
• This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check (criminal records check)
• To ensure confidentiality is maintained at all times.
• To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post holder’s grade as requested by Carers Choices

Carers Choices is an organisation committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable
adults and expects all staff, trustees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Fore more information or to apply for this role, please email Michaela WHite by clicking here.