We are delighted to be advertising an exciting new role at MASH.
MASH is a busy city-centre based charity working with women who sex work to help keep them safe and more empowered to make decisions about their lives. Our small and dedicated staff team, supported by volunteers, work with more than 400 women every year and we are the only agency in Manchester working specifically with women with complex needs.
In 2018, MASH was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of an MBE, which recognises exceptional work done by volunteer groups in their communities.
All our staff benefit from regular development opportunities including trauma-informed training.
Using a gender and trauma-informed approach, the Young Persons Caseworker will provide one to one support to young women with complex needs. This will involve assessing and listening to service user’s needs, motivating change, information giving, referrals to other agencies, safeguarding and problem solving. The post holder will offer consistent support and advocacy whilst promoting empowerment and choice. Mental health support will be at the core of this role, supporting women with past trauma, helping them to engage with mental health services and seek other routes to improve their wellbeing.
It is an occupational requirement under the Equality Act 2010 (Schedule 9, part 1) for this post to be filled only by a woman.
Key Dimensions of the Role
|Role:||Young Persons Caseworker|
|Reporting to:||Frontline Manager|
|Salary:||£29,218 pro rata (£14,609 actual)|
|Hours:||17.5 hours per week|
|Contract:||Fixed term for 18 months with the opportunity to extend|
|Annual leave entitlement:||25 days plus bank holidays (pro rata)|
|Location:||MASH, 94 -96 Fairfield Street, Manchester, M1 2WR|
|Closing date:||Midnight on Sunday 29th May 2022|
|Interview:||Interviews will be held on the 1st June 2022|
|Starting date:||1st July 2022|
|Additional Information:||It is an occupational requirement under the Equality Act 2010 (Schedule 9, part 1) for this post to be filled only by a woman.|
Purpose of the role
To work with other members of the MASH team to achieve the following outcomes for women who sex work:
- To improve women’s health
- To improve women’s well being
- To empower women to make choices
- To increase women’s safety
- To influence policy and practice changes in other agencies working with our clients group
- To influence a more positive view in society of our clients
Key accountabilities of the role
Offer a confidential environment where service users will feel safe and are welcomed into a supportive and non-judgmental environment.
- A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a social care background with face to face contact with young people
- At least 2 years’ experience of working with and managing a service user case load including conducting assessments and care plans
- Experience of partnership working with other agencies and a wide knowledge of the referral agencies in the area of health and social care
- Experience of liaising with a broad range of individuals and organisations and establishing and maintaining professional working relationships
- Experience of working on your own initiative within the financial and policy constraints of either a voluntary or statutory organisation
- A good understanding of harm reduction, drug intervention and treatment, sexual health and HIV prevention
- Knowledge of the statutory framework for safeguarding children and adults and how to escalate safeguarding concerns
- The ability to manage your workload in an organised manner, carry out day to day activities and duties whilst meeting and demonstrating agreed targets
- The ability to assist with service development, communicate innovative ideas and to be able to take ideas forward as part of a team to assist with creating improved or new services
- The ability to form excellent working relationships with other professionals and to be able to undertake the MASH work professionally in other community based settings
- The ability to maintain the credibility and integrity of MASH at all times and to actively promote the work of the organisation
- To be able to undertake report writing and case notes in an articulate and analytical professional manner
- The ability to manage and respond to changes that may occur in the workplace due to the demands of the service
- Able to work shifts that may be variable
- To work in line at all times with the MASH policies and procedures
- Computer competent and able to use a variety of software programmes such as word, excel, power point, email
- A commitment to MASH’s vision and way of working
- To hold a full current and clean driving licence and have the use of a car
- Experience of working with hard to reach and disadvantaged groups
- A recognised qualification in youth work, social work, social care, drug interventions and treatments or equivalent
- Some experience of working with female or male sex workers
- A good knowledge of criminal justice, healthcare, mental health, domestic violence, housing, benefits and other providers and how to refer in
- Knowledge of current approaches to sex work in the UK
The post is subject to DBS checks, suitable references, and completion of a 6-month probation period.