This is an excellent opportunity for a disabled person (including D/deaf) who has experience of working with children and young people in the area of digital participation. This role will enable the successful candidate to develop creative, inclusive and fun engagement and participation opportunities for children and young people to empower them to speak up and have their voices heard.
Accountable to: Emma Thomas, Participation Lead
Contract: 16 hours per week to be worked flexibly as needed. (420 hours in total, equivalent to 26 weeks part-time)
Location: Children and Young Peoples forum is based in Inverness. It is anticipated that this role will be predominantly home based in line with current Scottish Government advice and this will reviewed in light of future advice, applicable at the time.
Deadline: 10:00 am on Monday 9 November 2020
About Highland Children and Young People’s Forum (HCYPF)
The aim of Highland Children and Young People’s Forum is ‘to contribute to the highest possible standards of services in the Highlands for the benefit of children and young people with additional support needs’.
Our focus has moved from consultation work to participation work; not representing the views of children and young people but empowering children and young people to speak out for themselves.
We work within a policy and participation context and cover the Highlands.
This post will be mainly working within the Inspire Highland young people’s project.
‘We want a voice so we are not treated like dirt.’
We are Inspire Highland, a group of Highland young people with diverse experiences and disabilities. We come together to inspire young people to speak out and move forward.
We are supported by Highland Children and Young People’s Forum.
About Inspire Highland
- Inspire Highland is a team, but we’re all different in our own way.
- Everyone has a personal disability or support need of some kind.
- We decide on things as a team – getting everyone’s input to it.
- We share news at the start of each meeting.
We are a unique, friendly group and we can all be open and speak about any issues affecting us. We try to come up with solutions and resolve issues.
This is a place that gives us freedom to express ourselves and not be judged.
Inspire Highland is a good place to meet new people and share our experiences.
This internship provides an exciting opportunity for a motivated, passionate individual to increase the digital/remote participation of children and young people with additional support needs (ASNs) and disabilities living in the Highlands.
This is a unique, developmental role whereby the Digital Participation Worker (Children and Young People) will enable creative, inclusive and fun engagement and participation opportunities for children and young people to empower them to speak up and have their voices heard.
Main duties and tasks of the role
Through the mediums of digital participation and digital/remote youth work the main tasks of the role of Digital Participation Worker are to:
- Provide HCYPF with evidence of need for digital participation work to promote the voices of children and young people in Highland with ASNs or disabilities.
- Increase the digital engagement of children and young people with additional support needs/disabilities in the work of HCYPF, particulary with children of primary school age.
- Provide increased opportunities for children and young people with additional support needs/disabilities living in remote and rural areas of Highland to have an opportunity to have their voices heard.
- Provide increased opportunities children and young people at greatest risk of exclusion (e.g. those within the criminal justice system or with communication challenges) to have an opportunity to have their voices heard.
- Identify the issues around digital exclusion for children and young people in Highland.
Person Specification. Essential Qualities, Skills and Experience.
In keeping with our commitment to equal opportunities, HCYPF do not wish to present unnecessary barriers to those who can demonstrate their ability to meet the requirement of the post and, therefore, we do not require formal qualifications or a degree for this post.
Personal qualities (written by the young people from Inspire Highland)
- Fun, bubbly and up for a banter
- Passionate and enthusiastic
- Supportive and willing to listen to us
- Able to talk to us as young people
- Will take us seriously and will not judge us
- Creative and engaging
- Adaptable and flexible
- Hard working
- Highly motivated and passionate about children’s rights and youth participation
- Able to engage creatively with children and young people with additional support needs
- Knowledge/understanding of youth participation
- Comfortable using and engaging with children and young people via digital platforms
- Confident using Zoom and other video conferencing tools
- Understanding of consultation methods and approaches
- Ability to gather, process and present findings
- Good computer skills
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Able to work effectively as part of a small team but also able to manage own workload
Knowledge, experience and understanding
- Experience of working with children and young people, ideally those with diverse needs and experiences
- A strong belief in the values and ethos of young-people led engagement and participation
- Knowledge of youth participation/advocacy/rights-based approaches
- A proven commitment to working within an quality or diversity agenda
- Awareness of the diverse experiences of children and young people with additional support needs or disabilities
- Have a clear need for the opportunity and be able to show how it will help you overcome barriers to achieving your career goals. (this is assessed in the sections motivation for applying, skills development, and current employment status.)
- Must define as Deaf or disabled which includes physical, sensory and mental impairments, autistic spectrum, learning disabilities, learning difficulties such as dyslexia or long-term health conditions. (You do not need to give details in the supporting statement unless you wish to. If you do, this will not be removed from the application before the shortlisting panel sees it.)
An enhanced Disclosure check to work with children and vulnerable adults will be required for this post.
Interviews will be held late November via Zoom. The interview panel will consist of three people: a young person from the Inspire Highland project, the Participation Lead from HCYPF and Inclusion Scotland.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity with the employer prior to submitting your application, please contact:
Emma Thomas, Participation Lead:
Mobile: 07789 680811
Completed applications and enquires to be received by 10:00 am on Monday 9 November 2020 to:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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