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Play and Youth Support Practitioner

An exciting opportunity to support children, young people, and their families in the community as part of a newly developed family support offer in Islington.

We are seeking applicants for the role of Play and Youth Support Practitioner who will build relationships with children, young people, and their families, together with community partners, to identify and address emerging needs as early as possible.

This is a new role within the service providing a unique opportunity to build an accessible and flexible family support service that meets children, young people, and their families where they are in the community, modeling a ‘think family’ approach amongst youth and play colleagues and wider universal services.

Our vision is for children and young people to be safe, able to overcome difficulties, and to form secure relationships through their childhood and into adulthood.

We’ve recently reviewed the way families are helped in Islington and from July 2020 will be implementing the changes that our service users, staff, and partners have told us will make the most difference to improving outcomes for families.

If you would like to be part of developing and delivering a service to better meet the needs of children and believe in the importance and value of early help, then this is an exciting opportunity for you to be a part of a new and exciting future for over 5s family support in Islington.

Providing an integrated offer within three locality-based teams, each locality has a universal offer of help, rapid response to families, and wrapping around universal services to manage emerging needs as early as possible. This is in addition to case holding interventions which are flexible to support families with multiple complex needs and short term help in venues where families are.

We are looking for someone who shares our passion for evolving the way help is delivered to families, so that more families are helped more quickly, in places where they are through a flexible offer of support that has relationships at its heart.

If you can build relationships with children, young people, and their families that motivate and empower them to effect change, have a passion for play, youth work, and early intervention, and can work creatively and collaboratively with universal services, community, voluntary and faith-based partners then we would love to hear from you.

The post requires evening work

Closing date: Monday 26th October 2020 at 23.59

Proposed Interview dates: week commencing 9th November 2020

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic candidates to ensure we have a diverse workforce that is representative of the local community.

We welcome applications from previous applicants.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about what the role involves then please contact: Anya Hiley via Email: Anya.Hiley@islington.gov.uk or Tel: 07825098488

We welcome applications from Black and Minority Ethnic candidates and acknowledge our responsibility to mitigate against structural racism.

Islington Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, and volunteers to share this commitment.

Islington Council is also committed to flexible working and will consider requests where possible.

Islington also operates random drug or alcohol testing for safety-critical roles or for where there may just cause.

To apply for this position please use the online application process below. Please note that the council only accepts on-line applications, no CV’s or alternative forms of applications are accepted. If you are unable to use the online process please contact the Recruitment team at 020 7527 2155 or e-mail recruitment@islington.gov.uk

Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced, and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labor market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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