Please note this is a fixed term /secondment opportunity until August 2021. (please discuss with your current manager if you are considering a secondment)
Leaving and Aftercare Teams concentrate on good outcomes for young people aged 16 - 25 who are in care or have left care. The teams are made up of social workers and personal advisors, mental health co-ordinators and targeted youth advisors, and they all have the chance to do focused work with young people. They look to maximise the potential of young people who remain in care by working with providers, other agencies and partners. For those who have left care, our teams continue to offer advice, information and help to enable young people to live independently - and get them into education, training and employment.
The main focus of work will be, alongside Social Workers, to support young people who are "Looked After" (in care) and due to leave care, and those who have recently left. To consider all the important component parts that make up their individual lives in order to maximize their life opportunities and reach their full potential.
Key AccountabilitiesTo give practical, personal and emotional support to children, young people in order to meet assessed need; to maintain and promote their health, physical, emotional development and wellbeing. This may include domestic tasks and transporting where necessary.To specifically support and advise young people leaving care in key areas including health, benefits, education, training, employment, accommodation/housing and personal well-being.To facilitate, directly and indirectly the assessment of need, engaging with the ongoing monitoring and reassessment of need, engaging with the ongoing monitoring and reassessment of need over time.To identify and support young people to overcome barriers to learning.To enable and empower young people to make decisions in their lives and to self-advocateTo advocate on behalf of young people who do not have the skills to do this.To facilitate the construction of a Pathway Plan, from the assessment which establishes a viable response to established need over time.To develop Personal Action Plans with Young People.To encourage young people not only to fully engage with developing their individual plans, but to participate in the development of the service as a whole.To be prepared to work in a variety of ways, apart from direct work with individuals, for example in groups, running "Drop ins" etc.To work alongside colleagues both within Social Services and from other agencies, and to engage with significant people in the young person's life (members of the family, community etc).To support young people through times of major transitions from childhood to adulthood and to take responsibility.To liaise with others involved to ensure that assessed needs are met within the agreed plans for the child or young person and in a timely way.To build up effective interagency networks to have an understanding of voluntary and statutory agencies and an awareness of opportunities within the Local Community.To maintain records and write reports as required in accordance with Directorate policy and procedures.To carry out a range of practical tasks to assist young people with both planned and unplanned activities.To attend meetings as required by the Line Manager, e.g reviews, planning meetings etc.To maintain an awareness of relevant information and resources that may assist children, young people and their carers.To keep abreast of practice developments through reading and attending training courses.To be aware of an act within the Essex Child Protection Guidelines.To carry out any other appropriate duties that may be required, which are commensurate with the grade of the post.
N.B. Personal Advisors/Project Workers will not:Be named as key worker in a Child Protection case.Have sole responsibility for assessment and review - they should contribute to assessment, undertake specific assessment tasks and monitor identified issues in conjunction with social work staff.Work in an unsupported or unprotected way.To assess the needs of young people and plan with them to address those needs.To review and evaluate progress of young people in terms of hard and soft outcomes.Have achieved NVQ level 3Experience of working in a supportive relationship, with young peopleExperience in working creatively with in various ways young people including young parentsPrevious work experience in either a paid or voluntary capacity working with children, young people and familiesExperience in collaborating with other professionals and agencies for the benefit of the clientExperience of housing, employment and training issues for young peopleKnowledge of Adolescents and adolescent issuesA commitment to working relationships which promote and support the clients' developing independenceA commitment to one's own personal and professional developmentBe able to work as part of a team and be flexibleAbility to work some evenings and weekendsFull driving licence and the use of a car or access to a driver and vehicle for work purposesTo be contactable by telephone
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 03330135888.