Hertfordshire County Council is looking to recruit a full-time Hospital Youth Worker. It’s an exciting new role working with vulnerable 11–21-year-olds accessing Lister Hospital, providing holistic support for emotional wellbeing and other positive outcomes. The role involves engaging with young people, parents/carers and a wide range of professionals, including support work in the hospital and in the local community.
Like in so many hospitals, young people arrive at the Lister A&E department and other wards with issues such as poor mental health, self-harm and suicidal ideation, signs of sexual exploitation, risk of involvement in crime and violence, drug and alcohol withdrawal and other concerning factors. Other young people face challenges such as chronic illness or adjusting to the transition to adult services.
The Hospital Youth Worker will develop a new service with young people that will broadly comprise of information, support and advocacy delivered one-to-one, via group work and through peer volunteers.
The role will be managed by YC Hertfordshire to maintain a strong youth work focus and will work closely alongside the successful Empathy Project. So far, the Project has trained more than 100 young people as community navigators, able to give emotional support to other young people attending A&E and children wards.
A full detailed job description can be found here.