Job Description


Post Title
Children in Care Programme Manager
(Fixed-term to 31st August 2023 in the first instance)

Department/Location
The Huddersfield Town Foundation, the Leeds Road Sports Complex

Reports to
Premier League Kicks Manager

Purpose of the Role
The Huddersfield Town Foundation in partnership with Kirklees Council is delivering a project to support children in care (CIC) who are transitioning away from the care system and into independent living.

The programme has three key areas for delivery:

1. A life skills and employability programme preparing children in care, and care leavers who are approaching employment age, for working life.

2. A programme of opportunities including physical activities and volunteering with the Huddersfield Town Foundation, to help keep children in care and care leavers connected to the Foundation, and to provide an opportunity for informal mentoring and support.

3. Work with businesses to provide work placement opportunities for children in care and care leavers progressing through our course or leaving university; this will include some training for businesses on working with children in care and care leavers.

The Huddersfield Town Foundation aims to provide children in care and care leavers with a range of positive experiences that build their aspirations, enhance their resilience, and provide a positive outlook for the future.

Key Requirements of the Role

The post holder will need to be resilient and flexible, with a passion for working on a personal level with vulnerable people and local communities, and a commitment to working alongside people, practitioners, and partners in practical ways. Your experience will enable you to recognise and understand the far-ranging wellbeing, physical, and psychological impact of multiple vulnerabilities for care leavers. The post holder must have, therefore:

• A background of working with young people, providing support, mentoring, and advice, or experience of working with young people with complex needs, e.g., a qualified teacher, youth worker.

• A passion for the value of physical activity and the contribution it makes to mental health. The position does not require a qualified sports coach but does require you to be passionate about the impact of physical activity on young people and be there to support their engagement.

• The ability to develop and deliver workshop activities with young people covering topics that include employability, life skills, and physical and mental health wellbeing.

Functional Links

Internal: Huddersfield Town Foundation Chief Executive Officer
Heads of Department
Project Managers
Delivery staff
Board of Trustees
Club CEO
Head of Safeguarding
All Club and Foundation personnel

External: Including but not limited to:

Kirklees Council Children in Care and Care Leavers’ Service
Kirklees Council Safeguarding team
Schools and Colleges in Kirklees
Community Groups and Leaders
Kirklees Active Leisure
Other Football Club Community Trusts
The Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF)

Key Performance Indicators

• The programme involves working with a minimum of 18 -20 young people in the first year who will, through the programme, develop improved physical and/or mental health, enhanced skills and knowledge, improved confidence, self-esteem, and feel inspired and engaged.

• The programme will ensure participants can progress in/into education, training, or employment, or into sporting pathways.

• The post holder will help create, develop, and deliver a wide range of resources that meet the needs and outcomes for the programme and young people.

• The post holder will help to support the young people in care through their work experience placements and internships with key local businesses.

• The Children in Care Programme Manager will develop, consolidate, and enhance links between the Huddersfield Town Foundation and other partner organisations.

Role Specific Responsibilities and Accountabilities

The post holder will be required to:

• Work with young people and the Care Team at Kirklees Council in assessing their needs, using a range of skills and interventions that will support them to overcome challenges and difficulties, and that will help them to identify and reach their goals.

• Engage young people in preparation and planning for leaving care, working alongside carers, social workers, and other partners.

• Engage and maintain effective supportive relationships with young people, and support them to aspire and thrive in their communities; this will include ensuring young people have a voice in relation to the services and support they receive.

• Use approaches that promote longer-term resilience, strengthening individual capacity to benefit from community and universal resources.

• Design, create, deliver, and evaluate a range of resources to ensure the life skills and employment skills can be taught. Ensure content of sessions is exciting, engaging, and relevant to participants. Support young people to have high aspirations, and sustain their involvement in education, training, and employment.

• Support young people to positively engage with physical activity and understand how and where it can be sourced and built into their routine on a regular basis; this may include supporting young people to transition to volunteer in sport clubs or other settings.

• Adopt a participant-centred approach to all delivery, ensuring protocols in relation to safeguarding are consistently observed.

• Maintain registers, risk assessments etc. and manage the required reporting forms for the programme KPIs to relevant funders.

• Represent the Huddersfield Town Foundation at stakeholder and community meetings at local, regional, and national level as required, and build strong and effective relationships with partners and participants to ensure that interest in Foundation projects/programmes is sustained.

Other

• To work occasional match days, evenings and weekends as required.

The post holder will be required to undertake any other duties as required by the Huddersfield Town Foundation Chief Executive Officer, the Premier League Kicks Manager, and/or any other Senior Manager/Director, commensurate with the level of the post.