Professional Zone

Visiting Advocate / Independent Mental Health Advocates

Location: Durham 

Contract type: Permanent, part time

Salary: £23,708 per annum, pro rata

Coram Voice is looking to recruit an Advocate to join our new service to provide Visiting Advocacy with IMHA services at Aycliffe Secure Children’s Home in Durham.

This role will provide a regular visiting advocacy service to young people in this secure setting to support and empower them to have a say in the decisions made about their lives and their experience of living as a resident with psychiatric care.As a visiting advocate you will also act as Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHA) when necessary and support young people as qualifying patients within this role, as described under the Mental Health Act. Visiting Advocates aim to empower and inform young people to enable them to make informed choices, find effective solutions and to increase their self confidence in self-advocacy.

Outside of your regular visit to Aycliffe, you will need to respond flexibly to the needs of young people by attending meetings as required and completing follow up actions such as telephone calls, emails and completion of monitoring and records.

We are looking for candidates with a broad range of experience and backgrounds, evidence of an ability to effectively communicate with young people, a commitment to children’s rights and the ability to advocate constructively. This is a 14 hours per week contract.

Candidates should have the ability to remain particularly non-judgemental at all times when delivering a service to young people within these settings and be committed to ensuring Coram Voice’s values are translated into direct service delivery

If you have the necessary experience, attitudes and skills and a commitment to protecting the rights of young people experiencing mental health problems, we would like to hear from you.

About Coram Voice Advocacy

Coram Voice enables and equips children and young people to hold to account the services that are responsible for their care. We uphold the rights of children and young people to actively participate in shaping their own lives. We provide independent advocacy services for vulnerable children and young people in and on the edges of the care system.

Coram Voice Advocates support, enable and empower young people to be heard. Our advocates are professionals who are highly experienced and trained in working with our diverse communities of young people. They listen, champion and fight tirelessly for young people.

Please note CV's will not be accepted as we only accept completed application forms.

To find out more about this role please click on the links below 

Job Description

Person Specification

Information for applicants 

Equality Statement 

To apply, please click on the 'apply now' button to be redirected to the application form.

Closing date for applications: 9am , Thursday 2nd May, 2019

Interviews: Thursday, 9th May, 2019

Warner Interviews: TBC

All posts are subjected to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and successful candidates will not be able to work unsupervised with children or young people until the completion of this process. Coram Voice - working towards quality through equality and the development of a diverse workforce.

We ask that recruitment agencies do not contact us in relation to this position.We have chosen to recruit directly as this helps us to minimise our recruitment costs, ensuring that valuable funds aren't diverted from the children and young people we help.

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