Job last updated on 7 November 2022

Young Persons Practitioner

Action for Children



£22,500 per year




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Young Persons Practitioner

Salary: £22,500 per annum

Location: Mid Cornwall

Contract/Hours: Permanent - Full-Time - 37 hours per week. This is an afternoon/evening role working 12pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday with occasional weekends.

Benefits: 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, professional qualifications, excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, up to 7% employer contribution pension, discount portal with your favourite brands.

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you'll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It's the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children's lives.

A bit about the role

Action for Children provide a number of services across Cornwall, Kernow Connect, Cornwall SPACE and SPIPS (Separated Parent Information Programme), and the Adolescent Intervention Service (Connect+). This Connect+ covers three localities West, Mid and East Cornwall. This role is working across Mid Cornwall.

How you'll help to create brighter futures

In the role of Young Persons Practitioner, you'll be providing an intensive support service for young people, provide insight and supporting safety plans. The dedicated team will support Cornwall Council's Family Assessment and Support (FAS) Teams. On occasion this team will also support child protection and children in care; in particular where there are high level concerns about exploitation or emotional health and wellbeing. You will help by:

  • Assessing young people's situations with them and provide the support they need.
  • Supporting the FAS teams in the East, Mid and West, but also on occasions child protection and children in care where there are high level concerns about exploitation or emotional health and well-being.
  • Communicating effectively with relevant social workers and other key partners
  • Providing a different service that will be easier for young people to access.
  • Giving young people at risk the opportunity of a different approach without the barriers that some young people feel about their involvement with Cornwall Council.

Let's talk about you

In the role of Young Persons Practitioner, we're ideally looking for someone who has:

  • An NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in a related field (or willingness to work towards).
  • Excellent group work and communication skills with young people and team members.
  • Have experience of working in partnership with agencies to support children and young people.
  • Experience of planning activities for young people.

Good to know

Application Process: There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

Talent Pool: We know talent when we see it. But sometimes we find the right person but not for the right job. We'd love to keep your details for when the right job comes up. Let us know if you'd rather we didn't.

Interviews: Interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place on 30th November via Microsoft Teams.

Diversity, equality and inclusion

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

Don't meet every single requirement?

Studies show that women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every qualification. So, if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.