What is Sexual Exploitation (WiSE) Boys and Young Men’s Project Worker

Job Title: What is Sexual Exploitation (WiSE) Boys and Young Men’s Project Worker

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Salary: £28,000 per annum, pro rata

Hours: 30 per week

Contract Type: Fixed term until 30 September 2024

Closing date: 4th January 2022

About the Position

YMCA DownsLink Group is a formation of local YMCAs across Sussex and Surrey. We are a charity working to transform the lives of vulnerable young people across Sussex and Surrey. We work to prevent youth homelessness and provide a home to 763 young people every night. We reach a further 10,000 young people and their families through our other key services, such as counselling, support and advice, mediation and youth work, so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive.

The Team

YMCA What is Sexual Exploitation (WiSE) works across Brighton and Hove, Surrey and East Sussex to support children and young people to stay safe in their relationships. A small, unique, charitable project specialising in supporting children and young people vulnerable to or experiencing child sexual exploitation. Be a part of a local, supportive team who share the common goal to provide holistic, trauma informed support. The team work collaboratively around creation and sharing of resources, community knowledge, contextual safeguarding and team support.

The Role

This role involves working with many social issues; LGBTQ young people, unaccompanied minors and a variety of boys and young men’s mental health issues including emotional literacy, masculinity and harmful sexual behaviour. The aim of this role is to work in a trauma informed approach remaining child-centred to act as an advocate for the young people affected.

You will manage a small caseload of high risk, complex cases of children and young people using session plans around topics such as; healthy relationships, consent, sexual health, porn, boundaries, self-esteem, grooming, child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation.  Supporting young people with coping mechanisms and their understanding of trauma, how it impacts them now and strategies. Signposting to other suitable agencies around mental health, sexual health, self-harm, suicide ideation, education, financial support etc. In addition, part of the role is to create and deliver group work sessions to young people on topics listed above and on occasion facilitate training to professionals.

Who You Are

You will have experience of working closely with boys and young men, working independently; with experience of managing a caseload of young people and the ability to build supportive relationships with them. It’s essential you have; safeguarding knowledge of and experience managing safeguarding concerns, along with a basic understanding of trauma and how it impacts young people and decision making, confidence having explicit conversations around sex, sexual assaults, porn. In addition, you will engage marginalised people within the community who are at higher risk to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), enabling safe spaces and engagement.

This post is open to male applicants only as being male is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010 and it is essential you hold a current driving licence and have access to your own car.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact Harriet Nixon on 07741 323339.

The Benefits

The position comes with excellent benefits, including 27 days holiday per annum pro rata (plus bank holidays), company Sick Pay scheme, Life Assurance policy (2x your annual salary), Health & Wellbeing cash plan, Employee Assistance programme and Cycle to Work scheme.

As an organisation, we are committed to the continued professional development of all colleagues, providing an extensive programme of formal learning opportunities and supported by an organisational wide culture of learning.

Please download a job pack for more information about other benefits offered.

Further Information

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding paid opportunities or to request another application format: please email [email protected]

For questions regarding volunteering opportunities: please email [email protected]

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