Job Title – Independent Mental Health Advocate/Visiting Advocate
Contract – Permanent
Hours – 15 hours a week
Salary - £8,915.57 per annum pro rata (£20,803 FTE)
Location – Visits to specified units in Merseyside and Chester and administration tasks completed at home.
Coram is committed to improving the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.
We support children and young people from birth to independence, creating a change that lasts a lifetime.
Coram is the UK’s oldest children’s charity founded by Thomas Coram in London helping vulnerable children and young people since 1739. Today, the Coram group helps more than one million children, young people, families and professionals every year by providing access to the skills and opportunities they need to thrive.
Coram Voice is the leading specialist provider of advocacy and children’s rights services for children and young people in and on the edge of care. We support some of the most vulnerable children and young people in society, giving voice to the voiceless and reaching out to those who have missed out on the support they need. Join us as we work to transform the lives of children and young people by supporting them to uphold their rights of to actively participate in shaping their lives.
Coram Voice was established in 1975 and in 2013 joined the Coram group of charities which develops, delivers and promotes best practice in the support of children and young people. Coram’s vision is that every child has the best possible chance in life.
We have around 60 employed staff, 100 self-employed advocates and independent persons, and 70 volunteers deliver services to children and agencies throughout the country. Together they provide Coram Voice with a high degree of specialist expertise in the fields of advocacy, children’s rights, mental health, complaints, secure accommodation and experience of working with children in care, in custody, in need and those who have recently left care.
Every day we make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people in and on the edge of care across the North, North West and West Midlands. Our advocacy teams are based in Greater Manchester and Shropshire and is made of up of experienced community advocates who work alongside our specialist advocates (who focus on direct work, supporting and developing good practice with young people who are homeless, 16+, or have a disability).
About the Role
Independent Mental Health Advocacy
The mental health side of the role will be to provide Independent Mental Health Advocacy under the Mental Health Act to children and young people within Ancora House, a child and adolescence inpatient unit in Chester. You would be required to visit the two wards within the unit every week to provide advocacy to those requires it and to promote the advocacy service. You will provide information on young people’s rights and support them if they request at CPA, tribunals or other relevant meetings.
You will also be required to visits children and young people residing at Marydale Secure Children’s home and Marian House in Merseyside on a weekly basis.
Visiting Advocates aim to empower and inform young people to enable them to make informed choices, find effective solutions and to increase their self confidence in self-advocacy. You will provide them with information about their rights and entitlements and support in advocacy issues
Outside of your regular visit to the units, you will need to respond flexibly to the needs of young people by attending meetings as required and completing follow up actions such as telephone calls, emails and completion of monitoring and records.
You willreport as required to the Children’s Rights Manager and you will take a full role as a member of the Coram Voice staff team and attend the staff day in London each year.
We are looking for candidates 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.
Candidates should have the ability to remain particularly non-judgmental at all times when delivering a service to young people within this setting and be committed to ensuring Coram Voice’s values are translated into direct service delivery
You will be a capable ambassador for Coram Voice with the ability to engage effectively with professionals, foster carers, commissioners, other stakeholders and most importantly children and young people.
There may also be opportunities to have additional hours providing advocacy support to other children and young people in the social care system.
If you have the necessary experience and skills and a commitment to promoting the rights of young people, we would like to hear from you.
To apply, please click on the 'apply now' button to be redirected to the application form.
For more information about the main duties and responsibilities of this role please refer to the job description and person specification.
Closing Date: 23:59, Sunday 3rd October 2021
Interview Date: Tuesday 12th October 2021
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.
Coram Voice particularly welcomes applications from care leavers or individuals with experience of being ‘looked after’ by the state.
All posts are subjected to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and successful candidates will not be able to work unsupervised with children or young people until the completion of this process. Coram Voice - working towards quality through equality and the development of a diverse workforce.
We ask that recruitment agencies do not contact us in relation to this position. We have chosen to recruit directly as this helps us to minimise our recruitment costs, ensuring that valuable funds aren't diverted from the children and young people we help.
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