Youth Practitioner (Wimborne) Salary details: £22183 - £32910

Youth Practitioner, Wimborne

Full Time / Permanent

£22,183 - £32,910 (depending on qualifications & experience)

Dorset is committed to creating environments for our children and young people to thrive. This is an exciting opportunity to join our new service as a Youth Practitioner, providing care and support to children and young people initially in a residential setting working with a small staff team and subsequently working across our communities and in homes to improve the lives of our children.

The priorities for our Dorset children are; that they stay in Dorset, which is the best place for them to live, that they are given the best start in life through good care provision and the best education and training opportunities, which enable them to thrive and be the best they can be.

The role of Youth Practitioner is to ensure a safe and nurturing environment in which children and young people can thrive and develop self-reliance in reaching their potential. The work will include some evening, weekend work including sleep-ins for which there is an allowance and bank holidays. We are a flexible employer and would welcome a discussion around a variety of hours to be mutually agreeable.

What you will be doing

You will be passionate and aspirational in supporting young people through a variety of activities which will help you build a strong and resilient relationship which will be sustained. Activities will include introducing children and young people to new environments, sports and leisure as well as supporting them in education training and employment and promoting a clean safe and nurturing home environment in which they can develop skills for independence.

You will form positive relationships with our children, young people and families and together, work productively with partner agency and allocated social workers to identify and achieve the best outcomes for our children. You will work to mend relationships and reunify families when appropriate to do so. You will be aspirational in outlook and flexible in delivery, to promote growth, learning and responsibility. You will be able to work autonomously and as part of a team responding flexibly to dynamic situations. We are aspirational for our staff as well as our children.

You will be joining a supportive and inclusive Council who will provide nurture and invest in you to enable you to thrive in your job. A comprehensive training programme is available in addition to the mandatory training, to enable your professional growth and development.

About you

You will be a kind and caring person with a passion for improving lives, be aspirational in attitude and resilient and flexible in approach.

  • Ability to achieve QCF level 3 Health and social Care or equivalent at Grade 8 and already have it at Grade 10.
  • Numeracy and literacy skills
  • Recording and report writing skills, High quality at Grade 10.
  • Experience and resilience working with children and young people, at Grade 10 experience of working with children showing challenging behaviours and managing risk
  • Ability to work flexibly across a range of settings
  • Experience of direct work with families/Proven effectiveness at Grade 10.
  • Have problem solving skills
  • Be skilled in forming and maintaining relationships with young people
  • Have problem solving skills/a proven ability to find innovative solutions at Grade 10
  • Have good communication, interpersonal and advocacy skills
  • Have an understanding of key childcare legislation/Demonstrate a good understanding at Grade 10
  • Have team working skills/Strong at Grade 10
  • Have skills in inter-agency collaboration
  • Have effective IT skills to use the recording systems
  • Be willing to undertake training
  • Be an excellent role model for children and young people
  • Have proven inter-agency collaboration skills at Grade10

Additional information

You must be able to work some evenings, weekends and bank holidays. As a 24hr service we are a flexible employer and would welcome a discussion around a variety of hours to be mutually agreeable, be it weekend only, part-time, full time etc.

Working at Dorset Council 

This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity. 

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

For more information about our new council visit 

Other Information

This post has a significant travel requirement and you are contractually required to have a vehicle (or transport deemed to be suitable by the council) available for use as required.

Dorset Council provides a framework to explain the behaviours expected from everyone who works, or volunteers, for Dorset Council regardless of their role or grade within the organisation, find more information about this here. The behaviours will form part of the selection process, where you will be asked to evidence when you have demonstrated them.

For further information on our policy on safeguarding children and young people please click here.

For further information on our adults safeguarding policy please click here.

This post involves working with children or vulnerable adults and/or having access to significant information about them and will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please refer to our policy on the employment of ex-offenders for further information

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