Our Vision is that every missing person is found safe.
We are a non-judgemental, highly skilled team of staff and volunteers working around the clock for everyone who needs us. We provide free 24 hour confidential support, help, advice by phone, email, text and online, including the opportunity to reconnect. We also coordinate a UK wide network of people, businesses and media to join the search for the estimated 250,000 people who go missing each year.
Missing People is an independent charity that relies on donations.
Position: Return Home Interview Worker
Location: Various locations across Sussex
Job Type: Full Time, Fixed term Contract until 31st March 2019
Hours: 35 hours per week, some out of office hours’ work will be required
Salary: £21,000 per annum
Benefits: 25 days per annum / pro rata plus statutory holidays; Additional annual leave days awarded on length of service; Company pension contribution Life insurance (3 x salary); Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) including 24/7 support helpline Interest-free Season Ticket Loans; Additional maternity pay and leave; Additional paternity pay; Additional sick pay; Childcare vouchers Eye care vouchers.
Closing date: 11th May 2018
First Interviews: 15th May 2018 (Sussex)
Second Interviews: 18th May 2018 (Richmond)
Start date: 1st July 2018
About the role:
The Return Home Interview (RHI) Worker will deliver RHIs for missing and vulnerable children and young people across Sussex. The RHI Worker will manage daily allocations of RHIs to ensure service targets are met and all missing children in Sussex are offered an independent return home interview.
- Provide professional and child-centred support to all young people missing from home or care in accordance with the service objectives, timescales and desired outcomes
- Review and manage daily referrals from Police, Local Authority staff, project workers and children / young people who wish to self-refer
- Deliver Return Home Interviews for the returned missing children within 72 hours of their return
- Conduct ongoing risk assessments for each child or young person to whom a service is being offered / delivered and make appropriate referrals for onward support and / or share information about at risk children where needed
- Produce detailed records of RHIs to be shared with Police and the Local Authority
- Input data to our service database to ensure information regarding young people is accurate and up to date
- Work collaboratively with the Missing People team to deliver services tailor made to individual children / young people’s needs
- For all children / young people receiving a service, provide feedback to the referring agency (with consent) on the general progress of the intervention and any identifiable needs which could be better met
- Support all children / young people receiving a service to have their voice heard by the various professionals, carers and family members in their life
- Represent the child and the charity professionally and constructively in any context where advocacy is required
- Be sensitive to the distress parents and carers may be experiencing following a child’s disappearance
- Provide advice and support to parents and carers which promote theirs and their child’s wellbeing
- Encourage parents and carers to use the wider services of the charity including Family Support, counselling, online forums and guidance, and local events etc
- Attend team meetings locally and occasionally at our Central Office in London
- Work as a team, using available technologies to build strong and effective relationships with colleagues locally and nationally
- Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with local partners, funders and colleagues
- Promoting local services through marketing and awareness raising among local partners
- Degree level education is desired
- Experience working directly with children / young people in a social care, statutory or voluntary sector setting
- Working (proven) knowledge of at least two of the following: the particular risks faced by missing and sexually exploited children / young people and young people; the common behaviors, needs and risks to children / young people who present challenging behavior and who may be difficult to engage in a service; issues related to the safeguarding of vulnerable children / young people broadly
- Experience of working in a police or social work setting or working in partnership with; police or social workers is desirable
- Experience of volunteering or working alongside volunteers and lone working
- Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent record keeping and administration skills including the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel to a high standard
- Hold a full UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle
- Regular travel across Sussex and occasional travel to head office in London
You may have experience of the following: Social Worker, Social Work, Social Care, Charity, Third Sector, NFP, Not for Profit etc.
This vacancy is being advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment, the UK’s leading Online Recruitment Agency. The services advertised by EasyWeb Recruitment are those of an employment agency. No terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or belief, and we confirm that we will gladly accept all applications