Detached Youth Work vacancy

Greater Manchester Youth Federation (GMYF) are looking for Detached Youth Workers to engage with young people aged 12-16 using a street-based model to promote appropriate behaviour and encourage positive activities accessible to the age range, including promotion of social action projects.

Job Title: Detached Youth Worker

Hours: 5 Hours per week: evenings 6pm – 8.30pm (Tues and Thurs) plus occasional weekends

Salary: £15.88 – £17.59 per hour

Contract: Initial 12 months (1st April 2024 – 31st March 2025)

Location: Charlestown, Manchester


About GMYF

GMYF is a long-established charity that works with young people across Greater Manchester, to support their aspirations and create opportunities. Our mission is to deliver a year-round programme of recreational and educational opportunities to young people, volunteers and leaders within our affiliated clubs that encourages them to reach their full potential.

GMYF recently opened our first Youth Centre in Partington and will soon be opening a Youth Centre in Charlestown, providing support for young people with a wide range of activities and making a real difference to the lives of many young people. Alongside the Centres, we have various current/former playing field sites in the Greater Manchester area and jointly own an Outward Activities Centre in Cumbria. We have 27 affiliated youth clubs who undertake a variety of different activities. GMYF has great ambition to continue to do more for young people, with its own assets and various potential funding opportunities. Now is a fantastic time to get involved with us and support our work!

To find out more about us, please visit Greater Manchester Youth Federation (

The Role

The role of the Detached Youth Worker will be to promote positive attitudes and values through engaging and mentoring young people, based on GMYF approaches of compassion, acceptance and boundaries. You will be responsible for building rapport with young people who are at risk of being vulnerable to exploitation (criminal and sexual), building coping strategies to protect and resist against negative risks.


Key areas of focus for the Detached Youth Worker will be:

  • Form trusting positive relationships with young people: Use a detached model targeting 12-16 year olds in the community, both as individuals and groups of young people, some of whom may be displaying behaviour that may be considered challenging. Act as a positive role model to young people at all times.
  • Devise and implement intervention plans: focus plans on different needs, including developing self esteem, resilience, personal motivation and overcoming barriers either as a group or individuals. Develop issue-based interventions to address risks eg drugs and alcohol, inappropriate and/or unhealthy relationships. Keep accurate records of sessions using online and written platforms, support project case studies, evaluations and attend multi-agency meetings as required.
  • Connect the young people with wider opportunities: plan and support the young people to attend residential events focused on Young Leaders / Ambassadors courses at Ormside Outdoors Activities Centre, Cumbria. Promote volunteering placements for young people including peer-based education and social action activities.
  • Safeguarding: comply with all policies and procedures, with reference to equality and diversity, safeguarding, health, safety and security, confidentiality, and data protection. Be alert to issues of safeguarding and child protection, ensuring the welfare and safety of youth club members is promoted and safeguarded. Report any child protection concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Participate in Safeguarding training.
  • Represent Greater Manchester Youth Federation: Work collaboratively with agencies e.g., youth offending teams, training providers and local voluntary organisations to support re-engagement with mainstream opportunities. Form partnerships with agencies that can offer practical and emotional support to young people e.g., mentoring, mental health and finance. Co-operate with GMYF staff in maintaining good relations with outside bodies and the general public in order to uphold the organisation’s positive image.
  • Continued Personal Development: participate in relevant meetings and training as required e.g. First Aid, Safeguarding. GM Youth Federation staff will engage with regular support, supervision and annual appraisal, and have a commitment to Continued Professional Development.


About You

We are looking for candidates who believe in GMYF’s mission and are experienced in working with young people. You should be able to build positive relationships with young people, always taking a young person centred approach. You will have some experience of working in a multi-cultural, ethnically diverse community. You should have strong relationship building and communication skills, understanding of safeguarding, and willingness to undertake further training.


How to Apply

Having carefully reviewed the job description, if you are interested in applying for the role, please apply here. This will take you to our external HR Consultant, Ashfield HR, where you can apply with one document comprising your cover letter and CV. The closing date for applications is 29th March 2024. Interviews will take place 8-9th April.


Person Specification for Detached Youth Worker

Essential Desirable
Minimum of two years’ experience of youth work or similar, demonstrating a young person centered approach. Detached youthwork experience a particular advantage Youth work qualification or similar at L3
Experience working in a multi-cultural, ethnically diverse community Experience planning and managing social action projects for small and medium sized groups
Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with young people


Experience completing risk assessments for youth work activities and for individuals presenting challenging behaviour
Commitment to Equality and Inclusion


Understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Knowledge and understanding of National Occupational Standards of Youth Work Experience of youth participation and skills to capture Youth Voice
Strong ethos of professionalism, relationship building and communication skills Experience of presenting information to multi-agency partner meetings
Safeguarding L1 and Basic First Aid qualification or commitment to obtain within first 4 weeks of appointment




Other Requirements

GM Youth Federation is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced with barred list information.

This is a UK-based post and applicants must be living in and have the right to work in the UK. If applicable, please detail your Visa status in your covering email.

Equality and diversity matter to us. If you think you would be suitable for the role, we would love to hear from you regardless of age, disability status, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexuality.

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