Children’s Advocacy and Independent Visitor Coordinator


Children’s Advocacy and Independent Visitor Coordinator

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £22,183 to £25,481 per annum
  • Closing date: Sunday January 30th, 2022 11:59pm
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A bit about us

Route1 recruit, train and support volunteers who carry out the role of an Independent Visitor or Advocate. Route 1 is part of the Children’s Advocacy and Independent Reviewing Service and plays a wider role in ensuring children’s voices are heard in Children’s Social Care.

Independent Visitors are matched with a Child Looked After by the Local Authority and provide long term regular support & encouragement.

Advocates support children and young people to have their voice heard in any meeting concerning their care. This includes attending Children Looked After reviews, Child Protection conferences, Family Group Conferences & Child in Need meetings either with or on behalf of the child. Advocates also support young people wishing to make a complaint, and children who require advice and assistance.

We have office bases in Shepton Mallet, Yeovil, Bridgwater and Taunton.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

This is a varied and exciting role. Training and developmental opportunities are offered. You will liaise with a wide range of professionals to ensure that children’s voices are heard in meetings held by Childrens Social Care.  You will manage and support a group of volunteer advocates and independent visitors.  You will also act as an advocate for children and young people in complex cases. You will participate in the recruiting and training of volunteers.   Although you will operate at a high level of autonomy, it is essential that you work with a team approach and are able to travel extensively in and occasionally outside of Somerset.

A few things about you

We are looking for a creative individual with an interest and concern for the needs of children. You will have knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector and an understanding of child protection & safeguarding. You will need to have good IT skills and be able to negotiate spreadsheets and databases.  We are looking for a strong, confident communicator who possesses enthusiasm, motivation and problem-solving skills.  Ideally you will have a track record in building strong and supportive relationships with children and dealing with sensitive issues tactfully.  Experience of working with children and the ability to present training material and promote the service is essential.   If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

Additional information

Feel free to get in touch with Liz Pearson 07898 697432 for an informal discussion.

You will need to be able to work flexible hours when required, including weekends and evenings.

Interviews will take  4 February and 8 February virtually by MS Teams.

In this role you will need to speak fluent English.  More information is in our job pack.

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.