We're looking for a Children and Young People, Participant Engagement Co-ordinator!


Our innovative work with young people is growing rapidly and has led to the creation of this post. You will liaise with partners, schools and families to engage young people with our Natural Alternative programme across Suffolk.

Working with our delivery team to provide opportunity for young people to engage in education, learn essential life skills and grow in confidence and self-esteem within the natural environment. You will be patient, positive, culturally smart and have the ability to flex your approach to motivate and encourage. You will need to have strong interpersonal and administrative skills.


Main duties

  • Liaise with schools, pupil referral units and other partners to recruit young people to programmes.
  • Work with young people, families and referral agencies to ensure the participants’ needs are met, progress is communicated effectively, and participant pathway opportunities are identified
  • Develop and maintain relationships with participants and referral agencies and other support agencies.
  • Represent GLT externally at forums, networks and events
  • Fulfil appropriate risk assessment with the young person, delivery staff and also referral partners
  • Maintain high standard of record keeping, reporting and administrative skills
  • Manage and escalate safeguarding concerns, working with your manager and where appropriate, other partners


Person Specification

We are looking for someone with the following knowledge, skills and experience:

Essential Experience and Knowledge

  • Experience in partnership working and building strong relationships
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Experience of compiling and presenting information and reports
  • Working with people with additional needs and/or special educational needs
  • Experience working with both marginalised and diverse communities

Essential Skills

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both oral and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to adapt your approach
  • Creative thinker, with proven problem-solving skills
  • Strong administration skills, coupled with a good eye for detail and highly organised
  • Proven ICT skills and confident with managing data, in line with GDPR
  • Demonstrate respect for all cultures, religions and beliefs
  • Works equally well independently, on own initiative, and as part of a team


  • Previous experience/knowledge of working with Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Working in the natural environment in either a conservation or education setting
  • Experience of working with individuals and families who are facing specific challenges which could be related to mental health, trauma or struggling to engage with mainstream education.
  • Culturally competent and able to adapt your style to strengthen work around cultural diversity


The role will develop and the information here is not exhaustive, this job profile should be reviewed annually as part of an appraisal process to ensure it is up to date and accurate.