Website NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service)

We are looking to recruit an Advocate to provide independent and confidential advocacy to children and young people under Local Authority care in North Yorkshire and Hull.

Working across these two contracted areas, you will work with looked after children and young people to empower them to express their wishes and feelings in decisions that affect their lives to ensure that their voices are heard.

Your role is to listen to them, hear how they feel and what it is they want and support them by promoting their understanding of outcomes and options that are available to them so they can make informed decisions whilst ensuring that their legal rights are upheld and that they are treated fairly.

You will do this by:

  • Attending decision making meetings with the young person and ensuring that others know how the young person is feeling and what it is they want.
  • Providing impartial information to the young person.
  • Assisting the young person making a complaint.
  • Asking question to other professionals on behalf of the young person.
  • Signposting to other relevant services.

To meet the requirements of the role you must live within one of the geographical areas.

In your application, you will need to evidence, using specific examples, how your skills and experience meet the criteria laid out in the person specification, within the job description attached. Requirements include:

  • Significant practice experience in delivering direct work to children, young people and vulnerable adults in a relevant setting
  • Experience and understanding of child/vulnerable adult safeguarding procedures
  • Ability to maintain professionalism at all times
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to a high standard both orally and in writing, particularly with service users.  This includes the importance of listening to children, young people and adults objectively.

NYAS operates robust safe procedures to ensure the protection of the children, young people and adults at risk we work with. To comply with NYAS’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, references and a Digital Risk Assessment.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early once we receive a high number of applications.

Previous applicants need not apply.

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