Bolton Lads & Girls Club - Mentoring Coordinator for LAC

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Job Title: 
Mentoring Coordinator for LAC
Contract Type: 
Permanent
Hours: 
Full-time
Salary: 
£22,000 - £26,000
Location: 
Bolton
Recruitment Type: 
External
Deadline: 
Friday, 13 July, 2018 - 12:00

Job Description

Main Purpose of the role:

To deliver an efficient and effective structured Mentoring Programme to Looked After Children. You will be responsible for the management of a cohort of children/young people and their volunteer Mentors.  You will match children and young people aged 8years plus with appropriate volunteer Mentors and manage the mentoring relationship they share. As Mentoring  Co-ordinator, you will be responsible for supporting, advising and guiding Mentors, imparting information and drawing on their skills to maximise support for their allocated young person.

The role will require significant communication and interpersonal skills in order to engage and negotiate with children and young people who have a broad range of needs. You will attend LAC Reviews and other relevant meetings around education to understand how best to support the young person and Mentor in building their self -esteem, self confidence and resilience and raise educational outcomes.

Meeting targets as outlined by funders, contracts and Programme Manager is a significant element of this role to ensure the quality of support children/young people and their mentors receive to achieve positive outcomes. This role requires a flexible working pattern and you will be expected to work evenings and occasional weekends. You will also be expected to travel to different venues/locations.

Key Responsibilities:

· To understand and adhere to policies and procedures at all times with particular emphasis on equal opportunities, health and safety and safeguarding.

  • Support children/young people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Support children/young people through the mentoring relationship around a variety of issues they may be experiencing whilst focusing on building self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience.
  • To match children/young people with volunteer Mentors and provide a support to manage and monitor the mentoring relationship they share.  To maintain weekly contact with both parties ensuring regular updates to include: young person’s progression, any issues or concerns, professional information.
  • To supervise, support and guide volunteer Mentors and organise appropriate training ensuring they have relevant skills and knowledge to support the young people they are matched with.
  • Work alongside colleagues across BLGC to ensure young people can access the multiple opportunities the organisation has to offer.
  • Plan, organise and facilitate activities in a creative way, utilising the variety of facilities at BLGC.  Undertake issue-based group activities where appropriate to support children/young people.
  • Attend and participate in LAC reviews, meetings around education and any other relevant meetings and complete reports when required.
  • Ensure that work practice and delivery operate within the project outcomes, safeguarding policies and Health and Safety policies.
  • To undertake any other work requested by your line manager.

Person Specification

Qualifications - Essential

A minimum of GCSE’S in Maths and English  grade C or above

Qualifications - Desirable

Qualifications in related field: Degree in Youth & community Work; Child Development; Social Sciences; Social Worker Degree/qualification

Experience - Essential

· Experience of making assessments on the individual needs of children/ young people and developing appropriate support packages

· Experience in leading activities with diverse groups of children/young people

· Experience of engaging difficult and hard to reach children/young people.

· Experience of overcoming barriers faced by children/young people

· Experience of planning and delivering activities that enable children/young people to achieve set outcomes

· Experience of partnership working with other agencies to promote best outcomes for children/young people

Experience - Desirable

· Experience of working in the voluntary sector

· Experience of engaging and working with diverse groups of young people including Looked After Children, Young Carers, NEET young people and children and young people with additional needs.

· Experience of line managing and supporting volunteers

· Training adults or young people

Skills/Knowledge - Essential

· Effective people management skills

· Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills

· Ability to lead meetings with both children/young people and volunteers

· Ability to work on own initiative, prioritising and working to deadlines and work under pressure at times

· Ability to complete reports in line with funding, contract and manager requirements and to maintain up to date recording of information

· An understanding of Children Act  1989) and key safeguarding legislation.

· Proficient IT skills and good record keeping

Good working knowledge of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and working in a confidential environment

Skills/Knowledge - Desirable

· Knowledge and experience of issues which may affect vulnerable groups.

· Knowledge of Children’s’ Rights

· Knowledge of the care system

Personal Qualities - Essential

· Non-judgemental and empathic attitude

Positive attitude and self-motivated

Other - Essential

Full Driving Licence and use of vehicle 

General:

In accordance with our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures, this position requires an Enhanced DBS.

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