Youth Officers working in Supported Housing have responsibilities to both their employers and the young people with whom they work. The aim of employment is to ensure rental income is maximised, by managing rent accounts well, while supporting young people with regards to completing benefits claims, helping to empower them to improve life skills and manage their own risks.
Both recruitment agencies and employers will require qualifications in a related field, such as NVQ Level 3 in Youth Work Practice, as proof of capability for the role, and additionally, employment will be conditional on a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check being found to be clear. Experience of working as staff in similar or related roles will be extremely important to the recruitment process.
Salaries can range between £19,000 p.a. and £25,000 p.a. depending on experience, the intensity of the particular role and the geographical location (London salaries are usually higher).
The types of skill considered desirable for this role include strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to engage positively with young people from all backgrounds, and numeracy skills which can help with calculating benefits and rental arrangements. Above all, a strong commitment must be demonstrated with regards to promoting the equality and diversity of young people.