Post Adoption Link Support Worker
Do you have the skills, time and genuine commitment to support adopted young people and their families for as long as they need? Working with young people who have experienced disruption and distress, currently living in families under stress, you will require: direct work skills, an understanding of the impact of adoption, the ability to stick with young people through challenging and turbulent situations and have at least 2 evenings free each week to offer PALS support.
Able to work flexibly after school and/or at weekends and to travel across the county (though we do try to match PALS geographically), committed to supporting young people with a range of needs from emotional to social developmental delay, challenging behaviour, confidence and/or self-esteem issues. You will be compassionate, reliable, resilient, patient and able to commit to supporting young people for at least 3 years.
PALS Workers are required to undertake regular individual and group supervision and training - held on Tuesday evenings. Five sessions are offered annually, and PALS Workers are required to attend 2 of these.
This is a Casual Contract with no guarantee but a high likelihood of a 3-6 PALS hours per week. PALS workers are required to have a minimum of 2 links with young people, so this is a great role for people looking for a new challenge, with at least 2 evenings spare per week and a genuine commitment to support young people through their most challenging years. You will need to be someone with great resilience and the ability to stick with young people through difficult times to achieve their potential to be a successful PALS Worker.
Disabled applicants who meet the essential shortlisting requirements will be guaranteed an interview. A job share scheme is available for all full time posts: both permanent and temporary, unless otherwise stated. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff to share this commitment and undergo appropriate checks.
The County Council welcomes applications from all, irrespective of gender, marital status, disability, race, age or sexual orientation.