Job Description

BCP was launched as a new council in April 2019. Our ambition is to be amongst the very best of children’s social care services in the country. Our staff are encouraged to develop their own practice within an evolving Signs of Safety Framework. You will find innovative solutions are encouraged.

BCP is an interesting and beautiful place to live and work. We aim to be the employer of choice in the South West. We put an emphasis on learning and development and we work closely with Bournemouth University on professional development programmes. Children and families in BCP need you.

In turn, we will look after you as an organisation, as children’s services is emotional labour. BCP recognise staff need support just as they support others.

We are currently looking for two youth support workers with experience of working young people with complex need and who experience trauma and adverse childhood experiences.  If you join our Service, you will have access to a range of training and learning opportunities, many of which are delivered in partnership with our local university. This will include potential opportunities to gain a professional qualification including the social work degree.

The two Youth Support Work vacancies are within the Complex Safeguarding Service. The Complex Safeguarding Service work with young people who are being criminally and sexually exploited. This is a particularly challenging area of work, however the service has been designed to withstand these challenges. For example case loads are very low, accessibility of management supervision, support and guidance is much higher than in mainstream social work or youth work teams and in addition all staff have access to clinical supervision.

In the role of Youth Support Workers you will work within a team around a young person using a youth engagement approach in which the ability form positive relationships with the young people is essential. You will undertake a range tasks including responding to and supporting young people during critical moments in their lives which could be following incidents connected to exploitation such as being held in custody, a serious injury or following threats and intimidation. Other aspects of the role will be supporting young people access education and facilitate diversionary activities.

If you have strong child centred values and are passionate about working with children, young people to keep them safe, and to support them and their families or carers to be the best they can be; then you are who we are looking for. As the role will involve undertaking Critical Moment Interventions with young people this will include evening and weekend working.

For an informal discussion, please contact Service Manager: Paul Sibanda

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the community and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. Applicants to this post will be required to complete the appropriate level of Disclosure & Barring Service Check. Please refer to the Person Specification for more details.

As a result of the creation of BCP Council in 2019, we are working on simplifying our terms and conditions of service and will be creating a single pay structure which all of our employees will move on to. It is important to us that we offer benefits that our colleagues value as part of their total employment package and we are reviewing these to make sure we have it right. We’re hoping to implement these changes in October 2021 and all colleagues joining us will be included in these changes.

For more information, or to apply, please click here.