TPP Programme Youth Support Worker

Belfast, Northern Ireland, gb
Company: Ashton Community Trust
Category: Community and Social Service Occupations
Published on 2021-06-14 06:00:47
Hours per week:15hours per week which will include; morning, afternoon and evening/night-time work. Weekend and residential work will also be a key component of this post.Location: New Lodge Youth CentreDuration:Fixed Term to 31st March 2022

Job Background

The TPP Programme will be delivered by New Lodge Youth Centre, part of Ashton Community Trust, in partnership with Ardoyne Youth Club to cover the remit areas of Ardoyne and New Lodge. The TPP is a Programme administered and managed by the Education Authority and is funded by Department of Justice. The Programme is part of the Fresh Start Initiative.

This particular project will focus on work with young people aged 12 – 25 through a number of themes that are described in the job purpose below. The programme will target young people who are socially marginalised and at risk of engaging in dangerous or anti-social behaviour. The post aims to engage young people on the fringes, in doing this there will be a clear focus on outreach/detached youth work.

Job purpose:

The Youth Support Worker will be responsible for supporting an Area Worker 2 in the design and delivery of the TTP Programme working alongside colleagues based in the partnering the partner organisation.

The Youth Support Worker will build relationships, over a sustained period of time, with young people who are considered to be at higher risk of involvement in risk taking behaviours and to deliver programmes that develop young people’s resilience and awareness of risk factors. Research has shown that the risk factors are reduced for young people who are:

  • In school, employment or training,
  • Achieving in school, employment or training,
  • Positively engaged in their community,
  • Enjoying good mental and emotional health,
  • Not involved in risk-taking behaviours specifically around drink and drugs,
  • Not involved in anti-social behaviour or crime, and
  • Enjoying good relationships at home
  • The role will involve supporting the Area Worker 2 for the TPP Programme in facilitating a range of youth work interventions such as group work facilitation, one-to-one mentoring and street based youth work to engage young people and best meet their needs.

    Interventions and programmes will be aimed at promoting positive behaviours and increasing the young people’s sense of social connection, self-efficacy, personal responsibility and sense of lawfulness.

    The post-holder will also be responsible for:

  • Working diligently in pursuance of professional youth work standards,
  • Attending all training and associated activities,
  • Maintaining records and documentation pertaining to the programmes being facilitated and the young people targeted, and
  • Submitting reports and relevant paperwork on time;
  • The role will also involve engagement with a range of voluntary and statutory providers within the New Lodge and Ardoyne Areas to provide wider networks of support to the young people and respond to emerging community needs.

    Status of the Job Description

    This job description is not incorporated into the employee’s employment contract. It is intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification and it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic developments following discussion with the post holder. The post holder will be expected to work to objectives agreed with the line manager.

    Essential Criteria

    Applicants must have, as at the closing date for receipt of application forms:

  • A minimum OCNNI Level 2 Award in Youth Work or equivalent.
  • A proven track record of 2 years or more paid experience in development and delivery of the youth work curriculum in various settings.
  • Evidence of ability to form close working relationships and communicate effectively with young people
  • An understanding of the issues facing children and young people from disadvantaged communities
  • Child protection training undertaken in the last 2 years or the willingness to undertake child protection training prior to commencement.
  • Able and willing to work unsociable hours including weekends and holidays
  • Evidence of good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to equality and challenging all forms of discrimination.
  • Desirable criteria :

    One or all of the desirable criteria may be used to shortlist applicants

  • Experience of Mentoring young people
  • Experience of outreach and/ or detached youth work.
  • The successful candidate will be required:

    a) To have access to a suitable vehicle (appropriately maintained and insured for business purposes) that will enable them to carry out the mobility requirements of the post in an efficient and effective manner and thus meet this essential criterion;


    b) Be able to provide sufficient information on the application form that will satisfy the employer that he/she has access to an appropriate alternative form of transport that will enable them to carry out the mobility requirements of the post in an efficient and effective manner and thus meet this essential criterion.

    The applicant should be able to demonstrate the following skills and personal qualities at interview:


  • Knowledge of the NI Youth Work Curriculum
  • Knowledge of policies that ensure relevant safe practice
  • Knowledge of issues affecting young people particularly in relation to personal and social development
  • Knowledge of Child Protection regulations
  • Knowledge of people management issues
  • Knowledge of financial codes of conduct.
  • Skills

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Administrative skills
  • ICT skills
  • Ability to encourage young people to participate in Youth Work programmes
  • Ability to be creative and flexible when working with young people
  • Ability to review learning and development
  • Ability to embed a Quality Assurance process
  • Skills to develop a local Assessment of Needs
  • Facilitation skills.
  • Personal Qualities

  • Confidentiality
  • Confidence
  • Empathetic
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure to strict deadlines
  • Ability to make decisions
  • Objectivity
  • Ability to motivate self and others.
  • Other Requirements

  • Willingness to undertake job related training as and when required.
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