Visiting Advocate - Acorn Park School
Location - Norfolk
Hours: 4.5 hours (Minimum - hours of work negotiable)
Contract : Permanent
Salary: £2,596.89 per annum (FTE £20,198)
Coram Voice wishes to appoint an advocate to provide regular Visiting Advocacy services to Acorn Park School in Banham.The settings accommodate / support young people with a wide range of needs – including autism.
Coram Voice also wishes to build our capacity to deliver our contracted advocacy service with Norfolk County Council and our other advocacy projects for children and young people. The post holder will be offered additional hours to provide issues-based advocacy in the community including work with children within the Child Protection process, on a flexible basis in addition to the core fixed hours acting as the Acorn Park School Visiting Advocate. Potential applicants should not be put off from applying for the Acorn Park School Visiting Advocacy post if they do not wish to take up the opportunity of additional hours.
As a Visiting Advocate the advocate will visit each setting as required under the contract. Acorn Park School require weekly visits in term time and fortnightly visits in school holidays. Services may also require attendance and/or assistance with preparation of reports review meetings. In addition there may be extra meetings and casework from young people using the visiting advocacy service.
Visiting Advocacy supports and empowers young people to have a say in the decisions made about their lives and their experience of living within a particular environment. Advocates aim to empower and inform young people to enable them to understand their rights, and make informed choices in decisions affecting their lives.
With regard to the potential opportunity to undertake additional advocacy work delivering our contracted advocacy service to Norfolk County Council and other advocacy projects, these services provide independent issues based advocacy to children and young people who are either looked after, leaving care, or in need, as well as children going through the child protection process.
Our support to these children and young people takes place in a range of settings and locations both within and outside of Norfolk and a high degree of flexibility is needed by our advocates to accommodate short notice referrals and the changing circumstances which occur in children’s lives.
Any advocacy work undertaken outside of the Acorn Park School Visiting Advocate role will be paid as additional hours to the core hours for this role.
We are looking for a candidate with a broad range of experience and backgrounds, evidence of an ability to effectively communicate with young people, a commitment to children’s rights and the ability to advocate constructively. We are preferably looking for an advocate with experience of working with young people with complex needs in a specialist residential setting. Candidates should have the ability to remain non-judgmental when delivering a service to young people and ensure that Coram Voice values are translated into direct service delivery e.g. a person centred approach; working to the wishes and feeling of young people.
Coram Voice is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage applicants from Asian, African, Caribbean and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our teams. Whilst we have a diverse team we recognise we are a predominantly white workforce and are genuinely committed to encouraging candidates from diverse communities in order to improve the services to the children and families we help.
Part Time – 4.5 hours per week plus there may be opportunity from time to time to work additional hours.
This role can be worked flexibly in discussion with the manager.
Closing date for receipt of applications: 23:59, Wednesday 21st April 2021
Interviews: W/C 10th May 2021
Warner Interview: TBC
All posts are subjected to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and successful candidates will not be able to work unsupervised with children and young people until the completion of this process.
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