Senior Support Worker

Motiv8 is an exciting, dynamic organization that engages with young people and families enabling them to access improved life chances. We are established in local communities across Hampshire delivering high quality community, education and employment services which lead to transformed lives and positive outcomes.


The role is 1 x Senior Support Worker, working in the Gosport and Fareham area, providing one to one and group work with young people.


£18,961 - £20,897 per annum (dependent on skills, qualifications and experience), working 37.5 hours per week (daytime and possible early evenings)


The closing date for this role is midday on 26 January 2018






JOB TITLE:                           Senior Worker

RESPONSIBLE TO:             Coordinator

RESPONSIBLE FOR:           Duties as detailed below

PURPOSE OF JOB:             To provide service provision which engages, motivates, challenges and supports young people





  1. To be able to deputise on behalf of the Coordinator
  2. To lead and support the planning, delivery and development of group based activities
  3. To work with young people referred to MOTIV8, to engage and support with their personal development including providing evidence of progression
  4. To work cooperatively and in partnership with other agencies to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to the delivery of services to disaffected young people.
  5. To build effective networking relationships with partner agencies such as Probation, Youth Offending Team (YOT), education services, including schools and LEA services, to support appropriate referrals of young people to MOTIV8.
  6. To undertake one to one support and intervention with young people as required.
  7. To develop personal plans and undertake reviews with young people engaged on the project
  8. To be responsible for ensuring client monitoring information is provided for funders, partner agencies and Motiv8 and to produce reports as and when required.
  9. To meet safeguarding requirements and be able to identify and report child abuse and neglect.
  10. To be able to conduct an assessment to identify child and family strengths and needs.
  11. To have clear responsibility and be competent to be part of a Team Around the Child including working to an agreed multi-agency plan for a child and family.
  12. To be able to act as lead professional.



To work within the policies and procedures of MOTIV8.

To contribute to the general administration of the office.

To take responsibility for the health and safety of yourself and others.

To undertake any other duties as reasonably required in line with the individuals capabilities

Undertake flexible working with occasional work outside contracted/core hours.

To comply with equal opportunities policy of MOTIV8 with reference to clients and staff. 

To promote equal opportunities within MOTIV8.

To maintain confidentiality at all times with MOTIV8 Policies and Procedures.

To attend meetings and training as required.

To maintain monitoring and recording systems and to supply managers with relevant information.

To ensure the positive reflection and promotion of MOTIV8 to outside agencies.

To entertain professional standards and promote MOTIV8 services and relationships with external organisations and individuals.

To work towards building and developing MOTIV8’s services.

To be responsible for personal and professional development.

To actively pursue routes available for the development and improvement of MOTIV8’s standards and services.





JOB TITLE:                             Senior Worker

RESPONSIBLE TO:                Coordinator







Thorough understanding of issues affecting young people particularly around the impact of social and economic disadvantage on young people’s motivation, confidence and progress 


Experience of service planning, achieving targets, monitoring and analysing information, and report writing


Experience of networking, and the development of partnership working with providers and agencies


Experience of working with other agencies involved in supporting young people


Understanding of current education priorities and initiatives


Experience of supervising others in a work based setting


Experience of working with challenging young people, using both one to one and group work interventions


Experience of needs assessment and case planning




Issues affecting young people and knowledge of what works in preventing youth offending


Current legislation and policies relating to Childrens services, with specific reference to safeguarding, inter-agency working, youth crime prevention and education


Understanding of equality issues in relation to young people


Knowledge of relevant services for this client group in the area


Community Development and Community Cohesion


Knowledge of young people risk factors




NVQ Level 2 in Youth work or other relevant field


NVQ Level 3 in Youth work or other relevant field


To hold or complete initial Motiv8 competency within first 12 months (see Annex)


To hold or complete full competency requirements within 24 months (see Annex)



Skills and Abilities


Ability to prioritise and organise own workload


Ability to think creatively and work collaboratively with other professions and agencies, both statutory and voluntary


Ability to communicate with young people and other professionals from a range of agencies.


A self starter with the ability to work on own initiative


Presentation and training skills


Good oral and written communication skills


IT skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel


Advisory, advocacy and negotiation skills


Flexible working hours to include occasional weekend or evening work





Guiding principle

Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that Governments should ‘take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect of negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent, legal guardian or any other person who has the care of the child’.


The Safeguarding Children Report 2008 states that ‘Agencies that work with children and young people have a wider role than simply protecting them from neglect and abuse, this includes keeping them safe from accidents, crime, bullying and actively promoting their welfare in a health and safety environment’.



MOTIV8 believes that the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is of paramount importance, and that all children without exception have the right to protection and to be treated with respect and dignity.  All staff, including volunteers, trustees and student placements have a responsibility to report any concerns, and all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.