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Associate Advocate

Location:   London and the Southeast Salary:   £17.65 per professional hour, £8.83 per travel hour Closing Date:   31/03/2019

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.

Our Advocacy services work directly with children and young people in care, in need, in leaving care, child involved in protection processes, and children and young people with severe and complex mental health problems. Advocates around the country support children and young people to get their voice heard in decisions about their lives. This may be through an advocate working directly with a child, for instance, to support them at a review meeting, or providing outreach advocacy and advice in a homeless centre.

Who we are looking for

You will work directly with children and young people providing advocacy and other children’s rights support which will empower and support them to navigate the care system. This direct work will include issues based advocacy support for children in need, looked after children and care leavers, as well as children subject to the Child Protection process.

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.

The role is self-employed, so people who are successful in the recruitment process make their own decisions on how much work they can take. Some associate advocates are employed with other organisations part time and then take case work from Coram Voice, others are solely self-employed. So the role in terms of hours and capacity is flexible.

The rates of pay are for professional time and travel time based on children and young people we provide advocacy for under London and SE contracts. Travel costs, e.g. tube, train (or mileage if you use your car) are also paid with receipts. Associate advocates are required to submit claims monthly which are invoices for work completed.

Coram Voice particularly welcomes applications from care leavers or individuals with experience of being ‘looked after’ by the state. We are also actively encouraging 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 young people we help.

To apply, please go to the apply now link. For further information, please send your questions to info@coramvoice.org.uk

Closing Date: Friday, 29th March 2019

Please note this is a rolling recruitment, so please make your application now and we will arrange interviews with prospective candidates as soon as possible

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

Coram is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and will require the successful applicant to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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