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Youth Substance Misuse Officer

Cumbria County Council
£28,226 – £29,174
Closing date
5 Jun 2022

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Health and Social Care, Health, Children's Services, Safeguarding, Social Care
Job role
Officer, Social Worker, Support Worker
Contract Type
Full time
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Are you looking for a role where you can make a difference to the lives of young people?

Do you have experience working with young people in a supportive and compassionate way?

We have an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join our established Youth Offending Team, as a Youth Substance Misuse Officer, working to improve outcomes for children and young people across the Barrow and South Lakeland area. We are offering this on a six-month basis, to cover maternity.

This is a challenging but rewarding role, where you will work within the multi-agency Youth Offending Team to deliver effective substance misuse prevention and targeted intervention. The role involves working directly with young people subject to Criminal Justice Disposals, involved in county lines activity and criminal exploitation.

The Role

As a Youth Substance Misuse Officer, you will engage with young people under the age of 18 who are open to the Youth Offending Service (YOS) and show substance misuse needs, closely with the Youth Offending Service Case officers. You will take referrals from YOS and, following an assessment, you will work on a 1:1 basis to deliver information and harm reduction advice relating to substance misuse and related risk-taking behaviour, and coach the young people to make change.

You will meet with the young people and provide key working and Psychosocial interventions, as well as work in a trauma informed way using the Trauma Recovery model. You will also work to improve pathways for young people, ensuring their needs are met, and they are safe and supported in their communities.

Who we are looking for 

You will need to be a strong communicator and have the personal skills to build trusting and authentic relationships with young people. Working in a non-directive, coaching style, you will help young people to identify their aspirations and goals, motivating them to make changes, whilst also understanding and reducing any barriers to change.

The right candidate will have experience of working with and engaging hard to reach young people and their families. Experience of managing challenging behaviour and working with complex issues is important.

Knowledge of child protection and safeguarding is essential, as well as good knowledge of targeted services in Cumbria for young people and their needs. We are currently undertaking an exciting new project creating an Instagram platform aimed at providing consistent hare minimisation advice to young people so experience of creating posts and social media would be advantageous.

This role requires an enhanced DBS check with a Childrens Barred List check. Please note this role involves working in regulated activity with Children.

What we can offer you

Cumbria County Council is a modern, vibrant place to work offering a range of staff benefits, including:

  • Excellent training and development offers
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Opportunity to join the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Boost your pension with Shared Cost Additional Voluntary Contributions (facilitated by AVC Wise)
  • Various perks and discounts schemes, including money off your phone contract and local gyms
  • Competitive rates of pay

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Cumbria County Council is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to better reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from everyone and work to promote an inclusive, supportive culture that values and celebrates our differences.

As a Disability Confident Employer, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.

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