How many places are on offer?
To provide community based bereavement support to children, young people and their families in Nottinghamshire, at times and a location to be agreed.
* To contribute to the provision and development of bereavement support as part of the Children's Bereavement Centre
* To liaise with staff members within the service and professionals in related agencies of health, education, social services and safeguarding as required, with support from the clinical team.
Professional and Clinical
* To work as a volunteer within the Children's Bereavement Centre team providing a bereavement support service to children, young people and their families accessing the centre for support.
* To ensure that the welfare of the child/young person is paramount and that safeguarding procedures are followed. To attend safeguarding training.
* To ensure that good practices of confidentiality and respect for children, young people and their families are developed and maintained.
* To maintain accurate and up to date records, ensuring security and confidentiality and contributing to the recording of outcomes and evaluation of the service. Full training will be given.
* Ensure open and clear lines of communication between the volunteer and all other staff in the service in order to develop and maintain good working relationships
Important note: Our base is in Newark, but most of our opportunities are available in the Nottingham area as we have a number of outreach venues.
Skills and Qualifications:
* Minimum age 21 years
* Experience of working with children, young people and/or adults in a supportive setting
* Knowledge of safeguarding children
* Good communication and listening skills
* Good level of administration and record-keeping
* Experience of working in a team
* Ability to be self-motivating and able to work on own initiative
* Experience of working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds
* Good IT skills or a willingness to learn
* Ability to work flexibly
* Understanding of confidentiality
* Ability to empathise with families in stressful circumstances
* Non judgemental attitude
* Holder of a full, current UK driving licence/access to vehicle
* Commitment to further training and personal development
* Commitment to equal opportunities
* Knowledge of family dynamics and attachment theory.
* Experience/training in supporting children through loss/bereavement
* Counselling Skills Certificate, equivalent or above
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Approx 6 weeks; Interview, training, DBS, References & induction