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Swindon CRS Project ManagerAdvocate Person Specification

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Swindon CRS Project ManagerAdvocate Person Specification

Swindon Children’s Rights Service Project Manager/Advocate

Person Specification

Education/Experience

Essential

    1. A good academic record. Educated to degree level or equivalent.

    2. A social care, counselling or youth work qualification or equivalent or a minimum of two years

    experience at management /supervisory level in a child care organisation will be considered.

Desirable

    3. Consultancy and/or training skills.

    4. Specialist knowledge/experience in fields such as mental health, disabilities or residential work.

Managerial Skills/Abilities and Knowledge

Essential

    5. The ability to develop good inter-agency relations, negotiate with other professionals and handle

    conflict effectively.

    6. The ability to lead, motivate and manage a small team.

    7. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the presentation of reports.

    8. IT competence and the ability to use word processing packages, database packages, Powerpoint and

    Publisher.

    9. Experience of managing budgets and budget monitoring.

    10. The ability to deal with work pressures, manage time effectively, organise and set priorities for your

    own work and for your team.

Advocacy Skills/Knowledge

    Essential

    11. An understanding of advocacy, its principles and practice and experience of their application.

    12. Knowledge of the Children Act 1989, National Advocacy Standards and recent childcare legislation.

    13. Knowledge of local authority children’s services.

    14. An understanding of safeguarding children.

    15. Knowledge of Local Authority complaints procedures.

Desirable

    16. Specialist knowledge of child care legislation.

    17. Specialist knowledge/experience of working with young people with difficulties in

     communication.

Attitudes and general

    18. A commitment to empowerment and support of young people.

    19. A commitment to equal opportunities and an awareness & respect for the differences of race,

    culture, class, sexuality, gender and ability.

    20. An interest in promoting the advocacy service as a right for young people.

    21. Enthusiasm, energy, commitment, maturity, tact and self- confidence.

    22. A commitment to team working, flexibility and a willingness to support colleagues and to share in

    the overall work of Voice.

    23. Expectations of high standards of practice and quality in the delivery of services to young people.

    24. A good health record.

Other

    25. A driving licence and use of a car.

    26. Access to IT facilities which are not available to the general public. Contactable by telephone.

October 2008

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