Children’s Advocates - Freelance

We are also looking for paid, part-time freelance advocates to join our pool across the South West M4 corridor. The advocacy role fits around other commitments but you need to be flexible and available outside school hours as well as during office hours.  Excellent training and support package. You will need to have a driving licence and access to a car. Safer recruitment including DBS and other checks.

 What do Advocates do:

• Provide advocacy services for children, young people and young adults who have Children’s Services (formerly social services) involved in their lives.

• Advocate with and for children, young people and young adults to enable them to have their wishes and feelings heard, listened to and seriously considered when decisions are being made that affect their lives.

• Assist children and young people obtain access to appropriate information about themselves, or decisions that affect their lives, and help them to understand this information.

• Inform children and young people about their rights and provide appropriate levels of support to assist the acquiring of this knowledge.

• Offer support and some assistance to children and young people who are considering making an official complaint.

Record keeping - An ability to keep accurate and up to date records of all work

Interpersonal Skills - An ability to both relate to and be able to build a rapport with children and young people, an effective negotiator and communicator

What skills and experience do you need?

  • Experience - You will have experience of working with children and young people
  • Interpersonal Skills - An ability to both relate to and be able to build a rapport with children and young people, an effective negotiator and communicator
  • Record keeping - An ability to keep accurate and up to date records of all work
  • Flexible - Advocacy work usually takes place during unsocial hours, during the early evenings or at weekends, fitting with most young people’s availability.
  • Commitment - A commitment to equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Full Driving Licence - You will need to have access to your own transport

Safer Recruitment - We provide full training, carry out enhanced DBS and reference checks and give you excellent support in your role

Downloads

Advocacy Application Form.doc
Advocate Job Description.doc
Advocate Person Specification.doc
Disclosure and Barring.docx
Privacy Notice.docx
Recruitment Monitoring Form.docx