Specialist Youth Engagement Worker
Job vacancy

Specialist Youth Engagement Worker


£27,500 (pro-rata for part-time)


East Kent


Part-time, 18 - 21 hours per week.

Contract details:

Fixed term until 1st April 2025. Extension subject to continued funding.

Application closing date:


Interview date:


Background and Job purpose

We are looking for team members to join our innovative new service that will provide therapeutically informed support to children and young people with complex and crisis care needs and their families.

This service will provide therapeutically informed support to children and young people (CYP) who will present with risk episodes related to their complex and crisis care needs. The support will include their families and/or networks. The service will work with the existing multi-agency network to reduce placement/family breakdown, and the need for more specialist provision, whilst enabling CYP to remain involved in their local communities, supporting the development of resilience, promoting participation, enhancing support networks and improving well-being.

The postholder will be highly skilled and experienced in engaging creatively with CYP through diverse and alternative/recreational therapeutic approaches. They will also be competent at assessing and managing risk effectively.  While your background may be in school, mentoring, counselling, youth work or any other related area, we are particularly looking for solution focused, resourceful and dynamic individuals with excellent communication skills.


For an informal discussion, please contact Sally Williamson on 07725 595722 or
Kate Redmond on 07725 595749.

Closing date: Monday 27th May 2024

Interview date: Monday 3rd June 2024

Job Description/Principal Accountabilities

  • Work with potential referrers to identify appropriate referrals to the service and gather relevant information to support the intervention.
  • Work respectfully and tenaciously to establish positive relationships with CYP and their families, often whilst they are experiencing a crisis episode, to ensure meaningful engagement.
  • Implement effective assessment, risk management and goal setting with identified young people, ensuring their voice is central to all planning.
  • Meaningfully engage the multi-agency partners to ensure the network is effective in meeting the needs of the CYP and the voice and preferences of the CYP are heard.
  • Deliver creative, evidence-based interventions that are responsive to need and founded on the establishment of trusted relationships.
  • Implement specified evaluation tools and techniques to accurately evidence the impact of the service.
  • Keep clear accurate records and provide the required monitoring and evaluation information and any other progress reports required by due dates.
  • Explore all opportunities for talents and interests to be developed using local resources.
  • Ensure a good level of support to children, young people and families, including onward referral to other agencies where necessary.
  • Attend monthly supervision for quality assurance and personal development purposes.
  • Consider own training needs, keeping up to date with relevant good practice, and sharing this with team members.
  • Any other duties which may reasonably be required by the Salus Management Team. Any other duties which may reasonably be required by the Salus Management Team.

This job description is provided to assist the post holder to know their principal duties. It may be amended from time to time in consultation with you without change to the level of responsibilities appropriate to the grading of the post.

Person Specification

The person specification is a picture of skills, knowledge and experience required to carry out the job. It has been used to draw up the advert and will also be used in the short-listing and interview process for this post.

You should demonstrate on your application form how you meet the following essential criteria

Experience/ Skill/ QualificationEssentialDesired
Degree level qualification (or academic equivalent) in related area
Relevant qualification or evidence of training in any of the following:
•Positive Behaviour Support

•Non-Violent Resistance
•Trauma informed practice
•Restorative Practice
• Experience of meaningful engagement with CYP and their families, particularly in times of crisis

•Experience of assessing and mitigating risk

•Experience of de-escalating potentially volatile situations

• Experience of working effectively with multi-agency partners to improve outcomes

• Experience of working to safeguard young people

• A good understanding of agencies and support available for families in Kent

• Strong organisational ability including ability to plan workload and manage own time effectively

• A high level of written and verbal presentation skills and ICT skills
• Knowledge of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma informed practice

• Knowledge of emotional well-being and mental health for children and young people

• A clear understanding of Safeguarding and Data Protection legislation
Knowledge of strengths-based approaches

Knowledge of approaches to managing self-harm and suicidal ideation
• An ability to remain calm whilst working under pressure and within tight timescales on sensitive and confidential issues

• To be creative and proactive, able to use initiative and make sound judgements

• An ability to deal with a number of tasks at once and to be flexible with work routines

• A positive outlook and a result focused approach

• To work effectively as part of a team

Further information

Any appointment will be made subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.