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Short Breaks Practitioner

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£32,301 - £35,949
Closing date
8 Nov 2021

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Health and Social Care, Health, Adult Services, Social Care
Contract Type
Full time
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About Us:

Challenge yourself to make a difference.

We are focused on helping everybody access a great quality of life. For many of our residents, this is a relatively simple process, but for others, such as those who are disabled and those who have autism and complex needs, life is more complex. This is where our Preparing for Adulthood team come in. Working innovatively with young people and their families to help them access support in the community that many of us take for granted, we strive to ensure disabled children have the same opportunities as the rest of our local population. From helping them develop the skills that they will need to live as independently as possible, through to understanding their interests and supporting their mental wellbeing, our work is varied and absolutely essential to their life outcomes.

The Role:

This is an exciting chance to join a team who are focused on delivering integrated services that will benefit young people who are embarking on a vital stage of their development. With the full backing of a committed and visible senior leadership team who share your goals, you will therefore work with young people aged 13 to 18 to identify their key supports needs and to empower parents to be able to better understand their child’s needs. Providing an initial intake service, you will be responsible for transition planning and preparing young people for adulthood, so you will support the undertaking of assessments (such as transition plans and Short Breaks Assessments) that will help them access the facilities they need. Building relationships based on trust, you will create realistic plans for each young person’s future as you work with a range of multi-agency professionals to deliver joined-up services, including those offered by the voluntary sector. Using a family-centred approach to all that you do, you will suggest measures that will take the pressure off the family environment. This will include providing emotional support to siblings and wider family members, and you will be by their side as they all navigate key transition points such as the move from intensive health support to community care, and the difficult transition between education settings. 

Please refer to the Job Description for more information

About You:

To excel in this dynamic environment, you will need to bring plenty of energy and creativity to the role. With the capacity to both work alone and as part of a team, you will have the confidence to think on your feet and solve problems quickly. Coming from a background in which you have worked with children with special educational needs, disabilities and autism, you will understand the importance of listening to what service users want and need. With a good knowledge of Every Child Matters, you will have experience of going into people’s homes, undertaking assessments, identifying needs and making plans to help young people secure a better future. With the capacity to coordinate multi-agency work, you will have a good knowledge of early support mechanisms, and you will have a keen awareness of the impact of neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health difficulties on a child’s development. With a qualification in social care, teaching, nursing or NNEB, you will be well-versed in children’s legislation, and your communication skills will make you an essential asset to our team.

Join our friendly, supportive and inclusive team, and you will experience a fantastic working environment. We can also offer you a competitive benefits package that includes access to the civil service pension scheme and generous annual leave. 

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s will not be considered for this role.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants

Additional information

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, we will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

If you experience difficulties with the recruitment application process, please contact the recruitment team by email:

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