Brighter Futures for Children
18.5 hours per week (two positions available)
Brighter Futures for Children is improving outcomes for Reading's children, young people and families.
We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a key duty on Brighter Futures for Children and requires effective joint working between agencies and professionals.
When a child goes missing or runs away, they are potentially at risk. Safeguarding children therefore includes protecting them from this risk. We are responsible for supporting children whether they go missing from their family home or from local authority care. Children and young people who go missing from home or care are at increased risk of being targeted for involvement in gangs, trafficking, criminalisation, exploitation and violence. Going missing may be a warning sign of exploitation. When a child returns following a missing episode, we have a statutory duty to offer them an independent return interview.
This is an exciting opportunity to work directly with children, young people, families and partner agencies to uncover information that can help protect children from the risks associated with going missing. These risks may be from outside of the home or within the home.
The Department for Education defines return interviews as ‘in depth discussions’ and their purpose is to ‘identify and deal with any harm the child has suffered… understand and try to address the reasons why the child or young person ran away, help the child feel safe and understand that they have options to prevent repeat instances of them running away [and]provide them with information on how to stay safe if they run away again’ ( DfE , 2014:15)
The two Missing Children Keyworkers will sit within the Child Exploitation and Missing Children team. Working with the Missing Children’s Coordinator you will be expected to liaise with various professionals to offer return interviews and support children and young people to engage in the interview. Through building good professional relationships with children, families, carers, schools and other professionals working with children, you will help identify triggers, risks and support strategies to help prevent further missing episodes and improve outcomes for children.
The Missing Children Keyworker is required to:
- Have a qualification in Youth Work equivalent to NVQ Level 4 or other relevant professional qualification or a good standard of education – to NVQ L4 or equivalent
- Knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting young people and of the interventions that support young people to achieve positive outcomes.
- Experience in working with young people ages 11-19, particularly in a detached or outreach environment.
- Experience of sharing information appropriately and sound understanding of data protection/confidentiality
For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Dominique.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0118 937 6555