If you want a job that really makes a difference, apply today and join our award-winning charity as part of our Devon Young Carers Team!

About the role:

We are looking to recruit a passionate support worker, who will play a crucial role in supporting young carers by undertaking young carers assessments and identifying their on-going needs. You will also support the provision of practical and emotional support for young carers by planning, organising and delivering respite trips/breaks and activities, including residentials.

As a Young Carers Support Worker:

  • You will undertake assessments of young carers in order to identify their needs;
  • You will support the provision of practical and emotional support for young carers by planning, organising, delivering, monitoring and evaluating breaks/trips and activities, including residentials;
  • You will, where relevant, support local communities (child-friendly places), e.g. schools, youth clubs, to provide regular drop-ins / clubs for young carers, and attend where appropriate to do so;
  • You will undertake particular areas of specialisms linked to young carers issues, and share knowledge with colleagues; e.g. bullying, mental ill health, digital wellbeing, neglect, CSE and radicalisation;
  • You will identify and respond to child protection issues and concerns in line with agreed guidance, policies and procedures, including completing MASH enquiries.

What we are looking for:

We will be shortlisting on the following criteria, so please refer as to how you meet these in your covering letter, ensuring similar work examples are included

  • Experience of working with children / young people;
  • Show an understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of young carers and their families;
  • Ability to carry out assessments and identify support needs for organisations;
  • Ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines with good attention to detail;
  • Ability to use own initiative to resolve issues;
  • Show an understanding of the principles of confidentiality and equal opportunities;
  • Ability to work flexibly (including occasional evenings / weekends);
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.

Additional information can be found in the Job Description

Rate of pay: £10,882.22 pro rata (£19,173.43 FTE) (to be reviewed following successful probationary period)

Hours per week: 21

Location: Homebased (with regular travel throughout the county)

Contract: Fixed Term Contract until 31/03/2023 

To apply

To help us better evaluate your suitability for the role, please submit an up-to-date CV, with a covering letter outlining how you meet the shortlisting criteria, to [email protected] 

Our charity is committed to supporting inclusion and diversity in everything we do, so we encourage all candidates who meet the requirements to submit their application.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Closing Date: 09.00am Monday 30th May 2022

Virtual Interview Date: Tuesday 14th June 2022

An enhanced DBS check is required for this role

About Westbank:

Westbank is an award-winning, Devon-based registered charity established in 1986 and became company limited by guarantee in 2007. The organisation was originally set up to provide practical and emotional support to people in the villages along with west bank of the River Exe. The organisation now works with communities and individuals across Devon.

Devon Carers is one of the largest and most successful carer’s services in the UK, providing information and support to over 22,000 unpaid carers of all ages. Devon Carers is the focus for the delivery of a number of services for carers of all ages across Devon, including peer support, hospital services and young carers.