Working to build a brighter future for young people leaving care
To find out more about our exciting opportunities to transform the lives of young people visit our website http://www.youngfutures.org.uk
Current position: Therapist £30,000pa (pro rata) 2 days
WHO WE ARE
Young Futures is committed to helping care-leavers, and those preparing to leave care, overcome adversity and trauma and build happy, meaningful lives. We support the difficult transition to adulthood and independent living by providing aspirational accommodation which is fully integrated with practical and therapeutic support i.e. one-to-one key working, counselling, art and dramatherapy, sports, social and cultural activities.
Our service is motivated by our desire to go’ above and beyond’ to produce long-term transformation of lives.
“I know I’m not always easy to work with, but you have helped me transition into the adult I am now. You’ve been a positive in my life and your kindness is something that you may underestimate the impact of.” Previous resident.
CONTEXT & APPROACH
There are 75,000 young people in care in the UK and they are among the most disadvantaged in society, most having suffered serious abuse or trauma in early life:
The rate of mental health disorders among 5-15 year olds is 10% for the general population, rising to 72% for those in residential care
25% of both the homeless and prison populations are care leavers
40% are NEET (not in education, employment or training)
Young Futures believes that every young person’s life is filled with potential. We help young people see, believe in and fulfil their dreams and show that a difficult past should not define your future. Critical to our approach is the conviction that the issue of mental health is often overlooked to the detriment of producing sustainable intrinsic change. Evidence shows that approaches focussed on building social and emotional capabilities can have greater long-term impact. Our wrap-around care package provides our young people with the life-changing support they desperately need.
SUPPORTING ALL OUR STAFF
Our staff are our greatest asset and we are committed to your professional development and wellbeing.
We provide support structures for you to be able to manage complex cases and grow professionally, space and time for you to reflect and support your own wellbeing, training to help you better understand the impact of front-line work, and opportunities for you to develop the service and turn ideas into reality.
UNDERREPRESENTATION OF STAFF – PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES AND BACKGROUNDS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
We have a current underrepresentation of staff from all walks of life in our Community Outreach Team, and would like to better reflect the diversity of the young people we support. We strongly encourage applicants from different backgrounds with the appropriate skills and competencies.
OUR COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE
Young Futures addresses and does not tolerate discrimination based on race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We recognise the oppressive structures of society which disadvantages people by their identity and social and economic circumstances. Inclusive practice is incredibly important to us, and we will always strive to collaborate and improve.
Our Community Outreach Services are essential, and therefore continuing to operate as safely as possible throughout the pandemic. We understand that some people may be returning to this field after a gap, or may want to begin working in this field and have transferable skills from other areas of experience, and we welcome all applications. We are following government guidance and have an ongoing Business Continuity and Operational Guide. We will be offering face to face interviews in our Head Office (SE11 6EE) as meeting candidates will be imperative, but we will ensure we comply with social distancing and safety measures.
Using your skills as a therapist you will manage a caseload of clients across our community settings and in our 9 bed residential unit in both 121 therapy and group work. You will have experience of offering warm reflective staff support or supervision spaces and will be dynamic in your presence and delivery. As a creative practitioner you will be comfortable facilitating reflective team spaces.
DO YOU HAVE…
Experience of working with hard to reach young people, (particularly care experienced) and engaging them in spaces outside of the traditional therapy room
An approach that is warm, empathic, boundaried and congruent where building an alliance is at the heart of the work
The ability to evaluate and report on your work in a timely manner using unique and specific models to evidence your practice
The ability to be flexible, intuitive, creative and pro-active in your contributions with energy and drive to create new projects and push forward other people‘s ideas
The capability to work online and use platforms such as Whatsapp to communicate with clients and staff teams alike
Experience of supporting staff in secondary trauma offering safe spaces to reflect on the impact of frontline work
Experience of safeguarding (particularly children) and understanding risk, with knowledge of confidentially protocols in a therapeutic context
Applications deadline: Friday 30 October 2020
11 & 13 Nov 2020
20 Nov 2020
Position to start early 2021
WHAT WE OFFER…
We’re looking for energetic, passionate, hardworking and fun individuals who love a challenge, have relevant experience and want to make a BIG difference.
Competitive Sector Salary (including options to flex working hours up or down) + Work Related Travel + Pension Contribution
Generous Annual Leave (35 Days, including Bank Holidays)
Monthly wellbeing time
Wellbeing Budget (£25 per month for all staff to encourage self-care)
Training and Support – online modules, group training and personal training budget
Line Management and Therapeutic 1:1 Supervision, and Therapeutic Group Supervision monthly
Employee Assistance Programme
Cycle to Work Scheme
How to Apply
If you think you meet the requirements and are passionate about improving the outcomes for young people, then we welcome and encourage your interest. Please head to our website www.youngfutures.org.uk for a detailed Job Description and Application Form.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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