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Well-being Project Manager and Safeguarding Lead


We have an opportunity for a Wellbeing Project Manager and Safeguarding Lead to join our team for an initial 8 month, fixed term contract, with a view to extending, subject to funding. ESTEEM has experienced significant growth over the past two years. This role has evolved from the need to centralise wellbeing support and the ability to follow up safeguarding concerns that arise. 

This role is based at ESTEEM, in Shoreham, West Sussex. The post is funded by National Lottery Communities Fund as a ‘plug-in’ to ESTEEM’s Youth COAST (Creating Opportunities, Activities, Support & Training) project, for 14-26 year olds. The Wellbeing Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing a free counselling service, with both qualified and in-training counsellors; counsellors provide 1:1 sessions for an hour a week per person, to be reviewed after 12 sessions. This role will also include delivery of ½ hour sessions for support, advice and guidance as needed basis.

The Well-being Project aims to work with over 100 young people per year aged 14-26, across all of Sussex, who are facing barriers to achieving their life-goals. Using the five Ways to Wellbeing (Give, Take Notice, Learn, Connect, Be Active), young people will be able to access support, guidance and gain confidence in a safe space. The Wellbeing Project encourages young people to make new friends, help the organisation grow and get involved in their local community. 

This project aims to provide (per year):

  • 150 hours of free 1:1 counselling for young people
  • 200 1/2 hour wellbeing sessions for advice and planning for young people who are in need of immediate support
  • 8 -12 Wellbeing Workshops including topics such as Resilience, Leadership, or Creative Thinking. Occasionally these may need to happen during the evening Drop-in (6-8pm).
  • Oversee the recruitment and coordination of 2 fully qualified Counsellors and 3 Trainee Counsellors & facilitate access to clinical supervision, with a view to growing this team as capacity permits.
  • Liaise with Counselling training providers.
  • Maintaining records and updating staff.
  • The Wellbeing Project Manager will also act as Designated Safeguarding Lead and will be the point of contact for ESTEEM’s Wellbeing and Safeguarding concerns. They will be responsible for making Safeguarding referrals to Social Services and other agencies.

Principal tasks and responsibilities 

  1. Well-being High Level Support 
  2. Liaising with CO, Project Manager, Project Worker & Counsellors to manage & schedule 1:1 support sessions with young adults

  3. Working closely with young adults to prompt and identify any issues & help them to make a resolution plan 

  4. Spend quality time with young adults, listening & offering support while maintaining clear boundaries

  5. Liaise with 3rd party agencies where appropriate

  6. Maintain up to date contact logs and data files to ensure information is correctly shared and acted upon according to data protection and confidentiality guidelines

  7. Update and maintain ESTEEM Safeguarding Lead duties & follow up with individuals and staff following referral or communication with Social Services, Police or other relevant agencies. 

  8. Promote and keep yourself up to date with other organisation’s events and projects that may benefit young people

  9. Updating the staff team with any issues or developments with young people

  10. Write quarterly reports for the senior team and trustees on project progress and Safeguarding updates

Counselling Coordination

  1. Working with ESTEEM Counsellors to offer them support & guidance, ensuring clinical supervision is maintained for all counsellors

  2. Liaise with ESTEEM Staff Team to maintain in-house clinical supervision for front-line staff

  3. Liaise with counsellors in matching young adults with suitable counsellors, taking into account skill level, interests & approaches

  4. Liaising with external Counselling Training Providers, offering placements at ESTEEM & providing relevant documentation & procedures

  5. Managing the space for confidential sessions, alongside the other staff team members

  6. Promote the wellbeing services that ESTEEM offers within the team & on external networks 

  7. Work with the Youth COAST Project Manager to oversee and monitor the project’s budget

Well-being Workshops

  1. To run between 8-12  workshops of between 2hrs to 1 day in length 

  2. Cover a range of topics that are requested or identified by young adults as being needed or wanted

  3. Maintain records of attendees and ensure relevant documentation is completed

  4. Liaise with the Project Worker to coordinate & plan the Drop-in activities involving your workshops 

  5. Work to budgets

  6. Liaise with the YMT (Youth Management Team) to tailor sessions & workshops & maintain ESTEEM’s Youth-led approach at all times

  7. Signpost participants to ESTEEM opportunities and promote relevant events and projects

Person Specification

ESTEEM are seeking an individual who has experience of the voluntary youth or community sector, with direct practice experience of working with children & young people in a wellbeing and safeguarding context as a DSL lead or deputy. You will have experience and knowledge of statutory requirement and best practice guidance relating to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. 

As the Designated Safeguarding Lead you will need to act as the lead professional in managing safeguarding casework in line with our policy, procedures and statutory requirement and best practice guidance.

Ideally you would have experience in counselling coordination, facilitating wellbeing workshops with a youth-led approach, in a wide range of subjects.

ESTEEM strives for excellence in our practices to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults as well as promoting overall safety, safeguarding and welfare of all our members. To support our work we need someone with specialist experience in managing a team, liaising with Children and Adult Care Services and taking a holistic approach to wellbeing.

You must be able to demonstrate strong abilities for collaborative working, data analysis skills, project delivery, problem solving and planning, demonstrating initiative and the ability to lead through uncertainty.

ESTEEM takes a flexible approach to work and working patterns but we ask the same of our staff, alongside the ability to work effectively and respond appropriately in challenging circumstances.

For an informal discussion about the role including desirable and essential criteria, please contact Cat Vizor, Chief Officer on 07760395085 or

Applications should consist of a CV and supporting statement. Without these documents, we will sadly be unable to consider your application.


Young Adult Emotional Support Worker (Drop-In)


This is an exciting opportunity to work for a charity that is passionate about giving young people the chance to develop their skills and confidence both for their own benefit and for that of society as a whole. 

The primary role of the Drop-in Worker is to work with the Project Worker and Drop in Assistant to support the Esteem Drop-in. The Drop-in is a twice weekly evening session at ESTEEM where 14-26 year olds have access to free food, a safe space and activities from 6-8pm. 

Your role will be part of The Wellbeing Project which offers guidance, support and signposting to young adults facing difficulties. This new post has evolved from young adults telling us they would like to access emotional support during the evening Drop-in, which has put increased pressure on current Drop-in staff who aim to manage the wellbeing of the whole group. You will need to ensure the project meets Esteem’s aims and offers a holistic approach to personal and vocational development for those aged 14-26 years old. You will be responsible for assisting the running of drop In sessions twice weekly

Principal tasks and responsibilities 

The Drop-in’s

  1. Be available at Drop-in’s to offer wellbeing support to individuals or small groups 
  2. Assist in drop-in sessions for young adults from 6pm-8pm currently running on a Monday and Wednesday.
  3. Maintain records of attendees and ensure relevant documentation is completed
  4. Assist volunteer cook and encourage young adults to participate in weekly meal
  5. Work with the Drop-in participants to plan the Drop-in activities for the following months
  6. Liaise with Project Worker
  7. Support Drop-in’s and work with Project Worker to deliver sessions. Leading activities when required.
  8. Share responsibility for closing down the building
  9. Safeguarding young people and raising any safeguarding concerns with the Safeguarding team
  10. Signpost drop-in participants to ESTEEM opportunities and promote relevant events and projects
  11. Championing the ideas of young adults and V2W activities assistants 
  12. Encouraging and facilitating young adults to lead and deliver drop-in sessions