Why become a Link Worker?

Are you a proactive self-starter with a passion and drive to change the lives of children and young people? If so, the Link Worker role at West London Zone could be the role for you!

Link Workers are based in schools and work with families, teachers, other professionals and partner organisations to deliver the WLZ programme to young people over two years.

We welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, such as family support work, education, early years, social work, youth and community work, mentoring, or counselling.

There are six key components to the Link Worker role:

1. Building positive relationships with children, young people and families, developing a detailed understanding of each child on the WLZ programme
2. Planning, managing and quality assuring the programme of support delivered by WLZ’s partner organisations, ensuring that it complements what is on offer in the school, runs smoothly and supports children’s progress
3. Planing and delivering tailored support programmes for individuals and small groups, responding to changing needs over the course of the programme
4. Regularly engaging with parents and carers and pro-actively connecting families to opportunities in their community by listening to them and linking them to organisations, events and activities
5. Supporting the children, young people and families to engage consistently with the programme of support so that they make progress towards positive outcomes
6. Working with local services to ensure families get the additional support they need should they need it

What do current Link Workers say?

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“The thing I really enjoy about being a Link Worker is that I get to work closely with students on tasks and activities that they enjoy, and I get to know them through this on a personal level.

My role is to equip them with the skills to tackle difficult challenges independently. For a child to achieve their full potential they need to have a high level of self-efficacy. So the main part of the Link Worker role is to be each child’s biggest cheerleader and help them work towards the goals we’ve set together on their individual 2-year support plan.” WLZ Link Worker

What do young people and parents say?

“I like it because she is the only person that I can share my true feelings.” WLZ young person

“How calm thoughtful and understanding they [the Link Worker] are. Always providing me with information/ pictures of what they have done or learnt. I find this priceless.” WLZ parent

“Our Link Worker has the right balance: they are professional but kind, friendly and empathetic.” WLZ parent

How do I apply?

More details about the benefits, values and roles at West London Zone are available here and on our Join the team page. Applications must be submitted before midnight on Sunday 30 May 2021.

If you have any questions please contact our friendly HR Team by email: recruitment@westlondonzone.org

together, every child and young person can flourish.