At Surrey County Council we are looking for enthusiastic temporary Activity Workers to assist with the delivery of our front line care service, to help support children, young people and their families within Surrey during this unprecedented time. This role mirrors and may encompass some tasks typically performed by Youth workers or Family Support Workers. You will be required to work flexibly as part of the team under a zero-hour contract. The rate of pay is £13.05 per hour and is subject to an additional enhancement in lieu of annual leave/sickness.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role if you are successful.
About the role
As an Activity Worker your responsibilities will include:
- Providing support to social workers.
- Undertaking direct work with children, young people and their families, typically with supervision as necessary.
- Collaborating with team members to tailor activities and interventions to help meet young people's needs.
- Working in partnership with stakeholders, agencies and the voluntary sector to support children and their families in the community.
- Receiving and making calls, speaking to vulnerable families and/or professionals and recording information as appropriate.
What we are looking for
At Surrey we are keen to hear from enthusiastic individuals who have some previous experience of working with children, young people and/or families, alongside this you must have a passion to make a positive difference to the lives of others. We are looking for people with a range of skills, such as those who are able to engage and deliver creative, playful and flexible work to children and young people, those with skills and experience of supporting children with disabilities and/or their parent carers, those with mediation and de-escalation skills, or those with skills and experience in supporting victims of domestic abuse.
Surrey Children's Service places the welfare of children and their families at the heart of our work. Team members are enthusiastic and supportive, committed to the provision of a quality service for children and their carers and we are looking for people with the requisite skill set to help us to continue to deliver support to children and young people in Surrey.
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In response to the challenges posed by Covid-19, the County Council has put in place a number of additional measures to support staff. This includes, access to transport if you do not have access to a car and public transport is not an option, and access to accommodation if you are concerned about returning to your family e.g. because they are shielding. You will be able to discuss this with the hiring manager.
You will be provided with the necessary level of Personal Protective Equipment, as per Government Guidance, required to safely carry out this role and we encourage all our staff to practice social distancing where possible and maintain good hand hygiene.
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Applying if you have been furloughed from you Current Employer
If you are successful and have been furloughed you will need to do one of the following:
- If the terms within your non-SCC employment contract specify that you are permitted to take on work with another employer, you will need to fill out the form contained in the link below.
- If the terms within your non-SCC employment contract prohibit you working for another employer, you will need to seek written permission from your non-SCC employer to do so, and once written permissioned is obtained, fill out the form contained in the link below.
This is the relevant link for those who have been furloughed: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873648/Starter_checklist_English.pdf.
As a bank contract, this role provides flexibility so that you would be able to return to your non-SCC employment when required.
This position may require you to travel to various locations across Surrey to engage directly with children, young people and families. It may also require you to undertake work with children, young people and families virtually.
Where possible, we will try to match people to roles that are geographically close to their home to reduce unnecessary travel, however, this position may require you to travel to various locations across Surrey to engage directly with children, young people and families. Mileage will be reimbursed for required travel.
How to apply
Please submit your CV and a brief personal statement (not exceeding one side of A4) demonstrating and highlighting any relevant experience and skills for this position.
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Applications will be reviewed and appointments will be made on an ongoing basis.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work-life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary-related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits, you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.