SCSA New Arrivals Resident Support Worker

Personal Specification: ICN is looking for an individual, or a couple, who can join the support team and provide support, care and be a role model for newly arrived separated children seeking asylum (SCSA) aged 16 and 17. The successful applicant will live in the new arrivals house, make it their home and will aim […]

Personal Specification:
ICN is looking for an individual, or a couple, who can join the support team and provide support, care and be a role model for newly arrived separated children seeking asylum (SCSA) aged 16 and 17. The successful applicant will live in the new arrivals house, make it their home and will aim to create a family atmosphere among the young people in the home. They will be motivated and passionate about the work that ICN does and the young people in our care. The successful applicant will be very approachable, a strong team worker and will have a personal style that is in line with ICN’s vision and values. This is someone who is supportive, approachable, responsible, reliable and personable.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To support newly arrived young people, who are in the care of ICN and in the new arrivals house, in all areas of the young person’s life supporting them from first arrival through to semi-independence.
  • To welcome new arrivals into the accommodation and communicate basic information about the house, making them feel safe and able to rest.
  • To show compassion without discrimination of age, race, religion, colour or behavioural issues.
  • To help young people learn to live with good values and good boundaries.
  • To intentionally train young people in living skills such as washing, cleaning, cooking and safety, shopping and budgeting. Actively engage them using rotas in cleaning the communal areas with you and to cook for the rest of the young people in the home.
  • Helping young people settle into a routine which will include education and social activities.
  • Work in close partnership with the SCSA Manager, ICN support workers, social workers and other professionals and volunteers to provide a holistic development package for each young person enabling them to become independent and ensuring they are all safeguarded.
  • Maintain good and regular communication with relevant members of the ICN team and relevant social workers. This will also include updating monthly reports on allocated young people.
  • Escort the young people to different appointments as and when needed. Access to own transport would be beneficial.
  • Ensure the house is stocked up with food and essential cleaning products by doing regular shopping. These costs will be paid for by ICN.
  • Ensure the communal areas are kept clean and tidy.
  • Playing an active role in developing knowledge and understanding in areas relevant to the role and especially in the areas of asylum and refugee law, trafficking, supporting separated children and the cultures of different nations relevant to ICN.

Qualifications/Knowledge/Experience:

  • Experience in working with young people and an understanding of cross cultural issues in working with asylum seekers.
  • Experience of prioritising workload to meet competing deadlines.
  • Experience in use of computers, with experience in Microsoft Office and online email systems.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to provide a strong role model and authoritative figure to the young people and build their trust and respect.
  • Ability and willingness to make a home that is welcoming and feels safe for young people.
  • Ability to engage and work with young people in a professional and sensitive manner.
  • Ability to provide appropriate activities for young people. Very well organised, able to manage a number of tasks at any one time.
  • Ability to remain calm and controlled in all situations with young people.
  • Good interpersonal skills and able to interact well with staff and visitors to the house, the office and other properties.
  • Ability to use own initiative under supervision within accountability structures
  • Enjoys working under pressure.

Start: End of August/beginning of September 2020.

Hours: 25 hours a week paid support work at £10.50 an hour. Includes evening and weekend work.

Benefits: Rent free accommodation, including gas, electric and council tax bills.

If you are interested in applying or would like more information please contact Stephen Foster (SCSA Manager);

Email: s.foster@icn.org.uk

Mobile: 07838223905

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