Salary range: £31,548 - £33,291 p.a. inc.
Hours of work: 36 hours per week
Location: Civic Centre and other locations from time to time
Children and Young People at the Centre of All We Do
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.
Brent has a very active Youth Parliament, a developing Care in Action programme and is host authority for London Borough of Culture 2020 which is focussed on expanding opportunities for young people in the Borough. Under the Participation and Engagement Lead, and working alongside colleagues, the participation worker will support and expand the ability of young people to influence and improve services to young people in Brent.
You will have primary responsibility for planning, promoting and facilitating participation activity, with a particular focus on hard to reach young people and those who experience barriers to engagement. You will ensure activities offer and rich and meaningful experience for young people and have a direct influence on service evaluation and development. There is significant evening and weekend work to support events for young people which is enabled by a highly flexible work environment.
Young people have been very clear about the qualities they are looking for in the people they work with:
Respectful, empathetic, going out of your way, punctual, active, hardworking, positive, problem solver, hopeful, tolerant, vigilant. Does this sound like you?
We are looking for someone who has a proven ability to reach out, engage and support young people to influence the world around them in creative and relevant ways – though social media, youth spaces, local and national forums, fun and life enhancing projects. You will have experience working with children from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds, care and youth justice experience, special educational needs and disabilities and supporting them to take part in Local Authority governance and influence decision making.
A qualification in youth work, participation, social work or special educational needs and previous relevant work experience supports your excellent understanding of the complex needs of young people in London today. You will be confident supporting young people to work together in a group setting, enabling small successes as they work towards identified goals.
Closing Date: 31 May 2020 (23:00)
Assessment & Interview Date: w/c 8 June 2020
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the information you provide will be treated fairly and confidentially.
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.