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Project Worker 2 - Independent Child Trafficking Guardian (18255)

We are looking for passionate individuals to work in the National Counter Trafficking Centre.   Are you ready to improve the lives of young people affected by modern slavery, do you have Immigration, Social Care, or Criminal Justice Experience? If you have answered yes then we are waiting to hear from you! 

We have several full-time roles available (37 hours per week) they will be Home Based with potential for extensive travel around the regions. 

Salary - £27,300 - £36,029 plus £312 per annum Office at Home Allowance. This will be a rolling vacancy and the recruitment team will be shortlisting and inviting candidates to interview on a regular basis. 

If you are interested in applying for these roles, you must live within a 40 miles radius of one of the area's stated below and you must have a current driving licence and use of a car: 

  • Greater London 
  • West and North Yorkshire 
  • Greater Manchester  
  • Merseyside 
  • West Midlands [inc Bristol and Gloucestershire]  
  • East Midlands  
  • South East and Isle of White 
  • Wales 

What are the responsibilities of the Independent Child Trafficking Guardian:  

Support for Children: Independent Child Trafficking Guardians support children who have experienced trafficking and exploitation, working alongside other professionals to ensure that children receive appropriate support in line with their needs. 

 Within this role some of your responsibilities will be: 

  • Manage a substantial caseload of young people supported through direct and indirect work, working within the requirements of service Key Performance Indicators and in line with Home Office Guidance. 
  • Support children through face-to-face contact and online platforms using creative approaches to ensure that children receive an excellent standard of specialist support within the boundaries of the role. 
  • Support practitioners from partner agencies to meet the needs of children who have experienced trafficking and exploitation. 
  • Identify and respond to safeguarding, alerting managers to concerns and working with staff from partner agencies to deliver a robust safeguarding response. 


Although this contract has a permanent status, please be aware that this post is subject to funding currently to 31 March 2025 and therefore should this funding not be extended further, you may be subject to a redundancy consultation or a TUPE arrangement..
This contract is due to expire on 31 March 2025.

When completing your application please refer to your skills knowledge and experience in relation to the Person Specification, Job Description and Additional Information document. This should be done with an understanding of the context of the service described.

Please note due to the high volume of applications for some posts, this advert might close before the displayed closing date and as we fill vacancies the geographical areas may change. We recommend that you apply for this role as soon as possible.


Pay & Reward Framework

We know that our colleagues go above and beyond in delivering our vital work, driven by their passion and commitment to Barnardo's values.  We also know that we can only realise our ambitions and achieve better outcomes for more children, thanks to the talent, hard work and creativity of our people.

For all these reasons, we are committed to a new approach to pay and reward, to ensure it is fair, attractive and progressive, which was rolled out 1st April 2023. This is a positive change for the charity, and a key pillar of our People & Culture Strategy. It will assist us in supporting colleagues to grow and develop in their career at Barnardo's as it will offer clear routes of progression for colleagues to progress through the pay band of their role.

Whilst the full pay band and salary range is advertised, our approach to starting salaries is to appoint between the minimum to mid-point of the pay band – this ensures that pay progression steps are available to reward our colleagues annually based on their contribution to excellence and alignment to our values and behaviours.  More details on Barnardo's pay framework can be found upon application.


Workplace Offer: What it means for you

  • Barnardo's believe in creating equality of opportunity in the workplace and supporting people to manage their work-life balance; we are therefore open to offering flexible working arrangements.
  • 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing after 5 years service
  • The ability to buy up to another 5 days annual leave via our HolidayPlus scheme
  • A host of family friendly leave options including company Maternity Paternity and Adoption pay; together with all family additional leave options
  • Service related sick pay from day 1
  • Access to a Group Personal Pension with a matched 4% or 6% contribution from Barnardo's. Ability to pay via salary sacrifice to garner both tax and NI savings on your own contribution
  • Death in service cover of 4x annual earnings for all staff contributing to our Group Personal Pension
  • Cycle2work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Discounts and cashback from at high street shops including major supermarkets, cinemas, gyms, leisure/theme parks, holidays and much more via our Benefit Portal
  • 20% discount at Barnardo's stores
  • Opportunity to purchase a health cash plan to claim towards dental, glasses, therapy etc
  • Free access to round the clock employee assistance program for advice and support
  • Access to Barnardo's Learning and Development offer

*T&C's apply based on contract

About Barnardo's

At Barnardo's we believe in children – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Please read about our basis and values following the link below. You will be asked questions relating to them as part of the recruitment process for this role.


Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is reflected in our values and our practice, and we have invested in this area of our work to ensure that we can deliver on our commitments to be an inclusive employer. EDI is a key enabler of our purpose as a charity and we want to ensure that the diversity of our teams is reflective of the communities we serve and that we continue to learn and develop our work with a focus on inclusion. We particularly encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and  Minoritised Ethnic Communities, candidates who are LGBT+ and Disabled candidates. 


Our basis and values


  • Contract type:
    Permanent (Fixed term funded post)
  • End date:
    March 2025
  • Hours:
  • Salary :
    £27,300 - £36,029 plus £312 per annum Office at Home Allowance
  • Closing Date:
    30 April 2024
  • Interview Date:
    10th and 11th April 2024
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