Catch22 Missing from Home and Child Sexual Exploitation Volunteers provide practical support to vulnerable children and young people across Cheshire. The role is varied and interesting; you will volunteer alongside key workers. Initially the role will support staff with group work in schools to raise awareness of CSE, Internet Safety and the risks involved in Missing from Home, School and Care. Additional work may lead to opportunities to assist the key workers with tasks such as joint home visits, return interviews, group work, training, mentoring, phone calls and contributing to case recording and outcomes data.
- Engaging with young people with complex needs
- To attend and participate in induction and ongoing training.
- To develop an understanding of the role, responsibilities and boundaries of a volunteer.
- To attend group support/supervision and team meetings.
- To be matched with an identified service and attend on a regular basis.
- To carry out the role in line with relevant policies and procedures.
- To actively develop a supportive relationship with young people, families and staff.
- To make the necessary practical arrangements in conjunction with the role.
- To inform the Volunteer Coordinator about any issues of concern.
- To assist children, young people and families to both recognise and celebrate their achievements.
Skills and Qualities
- Good listening and communication skills and a commitment to supporting children, young people and families are useful.
- No specific experience is necessary, as training will be given on all aspects of the role and additional shadowing sessions will be arranged.
- To be punctual and reliable in order to deliver a professional service and report any absence to your line manager at the earliest opportunity
- Enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in alongside the young people and families are vital.
- A willingness to travel to agreed locations in the area. Catch 22 will cover all travel costs, but cannot transport volunteers to agreed locations.