Community Engagement Worker

Every childhood is worth fighting for. This is our belief. It drives us. And it’s the reason our Children’s Services team push themselves to transform the lives of children and families – in person, in service centres nationwide, and through the knowledge they share. Join us as Community Engagement Worker and make a contribution that means everything.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the NSPCC Service Centre in Plymouth for an enthusiastic and dynamic practitioner to join the team.
As a Together for Childhood site, NSPCC has joined forces with Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Safeguarding Children's Board, safeguarding partner agencies such as police and health, community groups, fellow charities and the voluntary sector, schools and the wider public - with the aim of building a better future for children by identifying and addressing problems at a local level in a truly integrated way.
The focus of our work is on the prevention of child sexual abuse and our work is underpinned by community development and the principle of co-creation. We recognise that we need to learn from the lived experience of community members (including children and young people) to identify activities and projects that will help the community feel connected and able to work together to keep children safe.

Ernesettle (an area of Plymouth) has been chosen as the pilot site for our co-creation work. Our work in this area is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Ernesettle has a community that recognises that everyone has a part to play to prevent abuse from happening. It has a passion for keeping children safe and preventing child sexual abuse and there is already prevention work being carried out there, with a thriving network of community groups carrying out vital work for children and families in the area. The community’s key priorities are education around healthy relationships, support for parents on how to deal with a disclosure from a child and increasing professional awareness of how to prevent child sexual abuse.

This is an exciting time for the NSPCC, and an opportunity for you to be part of our ambitious strategy to help end cruelty to children; with staff at all levels engaging in a range of new projects and developments. You will have a manageable workload, and excellent training and development opportunities. You will also have opportunity to contribute to service development, not only in terms of direct work but also evaluation, influencing and dissemination of learning.

This post requires the ability to work alongside community members, to plan and deliver appropriate programmes of work with individuals, families and groups, the ability to identify risk and have experience of child protection intervention as well as up to date knowledge of legislation, research and best practice, and the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of their own practice.

The successful candidate will have their base and line management from our Plymouth Service Centre (during Covid restrictions working from home will be undertaken) and the post holder will be expected to travel regularly to Ernesettle and co-locate with partners where possible. Please note the successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check prior to starting employment.

For an informal discussion please contact Shelley Shaw, Development and Impact Manager on 01752 422577

Join us and you’ll become part of a team that cares about the work they do and the people they work with. You’ll discover opportunities to grow, along with challenges and a shared purpose that’ll bring the best out in you. And you’ll get to find your own way to make a difference that means more, and that impacts millions of young lives.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom, PL9 9SW
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    South West
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    Local Services
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  • Closing Date:
    21 May 2021


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