Child and Youth Support Worker
Job Title: Child and Youth Support Worker
Job Type: Part-Time
Work Type: In Person
Start Date: ASAP
The Child and Youth Support Worker (C&YSW) creates a welcoming and safe environment for the residents of Yew Transition House (YTH). The C&YSW’s priority is to provide emotional support, advocacy, child care and supervised activities for children and youth and works in collaboration with other YTH staff to support guardians and residents. When children and youth are not present in the house, the C&YSW is also responsible for Women’s Support Worker duties within scheduled hours. This is a BCGEU position that reports to the Yew Transition House Lead.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Welcomes and orients children to the house so they feel safe and at ease by providing opportunities to identify, express, and understand their feelings regarding violence and family separation.
- Completes intake with the child’s guardians and assists with school arrangements as necessary.
- Implements and adheres to Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) legislation, YTH, and SCCSS policies, procedures, and protocols.
- Advocates for a child’s personal/physical/emotional/sexual safety and personal growth by referring children to other services or agencies and accompanying them to appointments when appropriate.
- Collaborates with other YTH staff to support the intake process for new residents, daily administrative tasks, and efficient and effective operations.
- Ensures the smooth operations of the house by performing operational duties such as shopping, stocking the pantry, yard work, and basic housekeeping.
- Helps children and youth recognize their rights and responsibilities including creating safety plans.
- Maintains the indoor and outdoor play areas and implements age-appropriate activities such as music, arts, crafts, cooking, and community outings.
- Assists mothers to understand the unique needs of children who have been exposed to violence in the home and are experiencing separation/loss reactions.
- Provides mothers with knowledge of community resources.
- Orients new YTH staff to the Child and Youth Support Program.
- Collaborates with the Program Lead, ensures participants have opportunities to be engaged in program oversight, development, and implantation.
- Ensures effective service delivery consistent with agency mandate, policy, meeting all legal, contractual, financial and other compliance requirements.
- Support the mission, vision, and values of SCCSS.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Post-secondary degree in a related field an asset, or the equivalent in education and experience.
- Three years of experience working directly with children and one or more years of experience working in a transition house.
- Ability to work a variety of shifts, including evenings and weekends, to accommodate the needs of the clients.
- Demonstrated ability to be non-judgemental and provide supportive relationships with residents without imparting personal values or preferences.
- Experience working with a diverse population with a demonstrated ability to communicate with participants in a non-judgemental and empathetic manner while setting and maintaining boundaries.
- Familiarity with the job responsibilities of the YTH Women’s Support Worker.
- Experience applying a feminist analysis or gender violence as it affects children, women, and trans folks.
- Solid understanding or the systemic issues that need to be addressed in order to decrease violence against women and children.
- A trauma-informed practice approach.
- Knowledge of family systems and culturally competent practices.
- Good working knowledge of the local, provincial, and federal legislation and regulations relevant to the work.
- Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required to provide transportation to clients.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively across programs and with community partners.
- Emergency Child Care First Aid.
- Successful results of criminal record check.
- Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office suite.
- Preference will be given to BCGEU members.
Why Work for Community Services?
offers competitive transparent wages, a variety of paid leaves, benefits, and
employer contributed MPP plan. SCCSS
covers 100% of the cost of benefits including long-term disability, extended health, dental and others. SCCSS offers opportunities for professional growth and to truly
make a difference in the community.
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