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What is the Role?
Our Side by Side care leavers programme aims to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness for care leavers and to bridge the gap between leaving care and finding their own way in the world by embarking on their journey ‘side by side’ with them when they need it.
Every child taken into care and every young person who leaves it should expect the very best care alongside the support and love they need to thrive.
Sadly, far too many young care leavers are thrust into the adult world before they are ready, facing a life without the support of family and friends that so many of us take for granted.
Young people tell us they are missing the skills and trusted people they need to help them navigate this new chapter in their lives. While some lack a positive adult role model, others are struggling to access education, employment, health services and maintain financial security.
Most just need someone to talk to; someone they can trust.
The impact of care experience does not end at 18, 21 or even 25. It is a continuous lifetime experience that can have lasting effects. Young people are at risk of falling into debt, becoming mentally or physically ill, vulnerable to exploitation and discriminated against as they leave care.
What they need is a bit of extra support to help.
You do not need any specific skills or experience, just enthusiasm and a willingness to support a care leaver with their practical and emotional needs.
We just ask that you commit to the programme for a minimum of 12 months.
You will receive all the support and training you need to make the most of your role, including:
- Support from your manager
- Access to a range of training opportunities
- Reimbursement of all reasonable expenses
An interview and selection process including an enhanced DBS check, references and a Digital Risk Assessment are required for this role. Please have a look at the role description below, which explains more about what is in involved.