At Ceredigion County Council we are transforming the way individuals, families, communities and carers can receive help and support when they need it. Our vision is to ensure positive access to both universal and targeted services so that children and adults can develop the skills and resilience they need to lead fulfilled lives and achieve their goals. We are seeking to empower individuals in what matters to them and work with partner agencies to strengthen people’s independence, ensure safety and promote well-being.

Our Through Age and Well-being Strategy sets out how we will develop a skilled and innovative workforce who will provide through age services that focus on preventative support and early intervention with easy access to information, advice and assistance, proportionate assessment of need and care and support plans for those who need longer term help.

Find out more about our Through-Age and Wellbeing Model and how are teams are structured within it here.

Support & Prevention Team

The Support and Prevention Service is made up of multi-disciplined teams, with the overall aim of providing child, youth and family-led approaches to enable children, young people, families and wider communities to be empowered, to achieve, to develop personally, emotionally, socially and be the best that they can be. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and Signs of Safety underpin everything that we do. Our teams provide universal and focussed support that include:

  • Youth Work and Engagement; Youth work in schools, education progression, accredited learning and participation

School based Youth Workers engage with young people aged 11 – 18 both in universal and focussed contexts. Youth Workers strive to build and maintain meaningful relationships with all school pupils; that include referred pupils whom are deemed at risk of disengagement from mainstream education, due to one or a host of reasons.

Youth Workers form relationships based on voluntary engagement. Through participation with individuals, Youth Workers can design a tailored plan that offer support in the form of personal, social, emotional and behavioural needs of the individual. This can be delivered both within and outside the school environment, and be both targeted and universal.

  • Support and Attainment; Primary/ secondary mentoring, transition, emotional wellbeing, nurture and outreach

The Children and Young People’s Skills (CYP) Mentors support children and young people who may show challenging behaviour as a result of their social and emotional experiences. Mentors provide support for children and young people in Primary and Secondary Schools, and other education settings.

Mentors promote a holistic and strengths-based approach to better understand the deeper reasons as to why children are finding their current environment challenging in both focussed one-to-one and small group based settings. This is to help manage their emotions, channelling their energy positively by focussing on attainment, both educationally and personally.

  • Community Youth Work and Prevention; 16-24 support, community outreach, youth centres, focussed and universal provisions

Our Community Youth Work and Prevention team provide targeted and universal interventions with the aim of tackling and alleviating potential risk factors or underlying issues such as family, social, individual, educational, or mental and emotional health related issues, that may arise that put them at an increased risk of offending and re-offending, but also preventing them from needing further statutory intervention such as professional mental health services, further medical intervention and even housing support as an example.

Provisions range from outreach, mobile and detached activities, youth centres and clubs, and collaborative targeted programmes and projects.

  • Support Pathways; Through-age interventions, allocations, screening, quality assurance, data and performance analysis, resource support

The Support Pathways team is the gateway for all referrals to Porth Cymorth Cynnar and its services whether they are received from Clic or triaged by Porth Gofal. The team provides direct support to each service within Porth Cymorth Cynnar to identify, allocate, monitor and evaluate interventions or support.

The team supports the ‘step up and step down’ protocols by working with Porth Cynnal and Porth Gofal to ensure timely and effective support for children/young people, adults and for families/carers.

The team also helps oversee the data and quality assurance processes of Porth Cymorth Cynnar services, ensuring that we are able to meet the needs of citizens as efficiently and effectively as possible.


Grade 7 > 10

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject e.g. Youth and Community Work, Early Years, Education, Leisure or equivalent minimum 5 years’ experience of working with children, young people and their families.

Grade 6

  • 5 GCSE’s Grade C or above including Mathematics and Welsh or English or equivalent qualifications.

Membership of an appropriate professional body e.g. Education Workforce Council

You will be required to undertake the following mandatory e-learning courses:

  • Safeguarding Children & Adults at risk – Level 1
  • Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence (VAWDASV)
  • Whistleblowing
  • Well-being of Future Generations Act
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Data Protection
  • Welsh Language Awareness
  • Health & Safety
  • Information Security

You may also be required to undertake other training relevant to this role such as:

  • Safeguarding Module
  • Managing challenging situations
  • Team Teach and/ or Positive Behaviour Management
  • Attachment training
  • Direct Work in groups or 1-1
  • SSWB Act 2014 – General awareness
  • Signs of Safety and Well-being
  • First Aid
  • Parenting assessment qualification
  • Analysis and reflection in assessments
  • MIDAS training