Adolescent Support Unit Outreach Worker

Lancashire County Council
Lancaster, Lancashire
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

Salary £22,129-£25,927 Per annum | Permanent, Full Time 37 hours per week | Adolescent Support Unit, Lancaster | Pro Rata


Basic Salary: £22,129 to £25,927 Grade 6 Pro rata (uplift for alternating shift, weekend and sleep allowance additional £3,000 + dependant on agreed rota)


We are currently recruiting…


Adolescent Support Unit Practitioner to work within the Adolescent Support Unit (FARCYJ) within Children's Social Services at Lancashire County Council.


As an ASU practitioner, your position within Children's Social Services will play a vital role supporting families and young children who are in need of support to prevent them from entering care. We are expanding and transforming how we work within our communities to ensure the necessary measures are taken so families can stay together. This is a unique role combing providing vital support with families in their home, alongside a residential respite service for the young people during the weekends.  We are keen to hear from people with residential and/or experience of working with families in the community. 


What we are looking for…


Passion – you'll be passionate about making a difference to the lives of children, young people and families; taking a holistic approach both to their mental health support and how it relates to the other challenges that they may be facing. We want you to seek understanding by delving into each case and find out what is driving the problems so issues can be tackled quickly. You will be supportive of your colleagues and keen to develop professionally to provide the best service possible for our families.


Practical – you'll be a pragmatic thinking with the ability to think rationally and calmly in difficult situations, whilst always keeping the focus on delivering excellent care for the families. Although working in a rota, you will work around the needs of the families allocated to you and will receive the same flexible support from your management team to enable us to achieve the common goals of preventing young people from entering care.


Collaborative - you'll be working alongside our skilled professionals as well as working with the young people and families who require our support. You will need to build a trusted relationship with families to ensure their engagement and alignment and that they achieve the positive. This requirement will involve undertaking shift work on an alternative weekend basis and some "sleep in's" when young people are invited to stay at the unit.


Why join us…

Location: Lancashire (rated one of the best places to live in the UK!)


Salary: £22,129 to £25,927 + allowances Pro Rata


Benefits: A plethora of discounts & benefits from dog care to day care to days out or in, log cabins by Snowdon or holidays abroad, pampering and fitness for your mind, body & soul, long service awards, Medicash, support groups, public service pensions, cycle to work schemes and eye tests plus many more


Benefits: Working flexibly whenever possible and the opportunity to create the work life balance you'll love with up to 31 days annual leave plus bank holidays, 2 additional days at Christmas and then an additional 20 days that can be purchased too – we have a generous local government pension with shared AVC's available & a benefits package which has everything from dog care to day care, holidays at home or abroad, long service awards, Medicash, support groups, cycle to work schemes and eye tests plus much more


Development: you'll get support and development along the journey – including the opportunity to attend a Leadership Academy to support your progression as well as supportive reflection and supervision for yourself, opportunities for personal growth and development, multidisciplinary initiatives, mentoring, the opportunity to make a difference, feel valued and achieve the job satisfaction you've always wanted plus all the benefits of working with Lancashire County Council



We don't have a "one size fits all" idealism, we are committed to achieving a diverse workforce so we would especially welcome applications from those who would support that challenge whilst enhancing our service by joining us – and delivering successful outcomes is more important than watching the clock


 How to apply…

This is different to a standard residential role so please feel free to contact the ASU Manager, Steve Searle, for an initial informal and confidential chat on 01524 581220 


Please ensure you have uploaded and attached your supporting statement to evidence how you meet the criteria for the role. The panel may be unable to shortlist you for interview without this evidence. 


You will be required to provide a car for use in connection with the duties of this post and must be insured for business use. However, we may consider you if you cannot drive because of a disability.


The post you are applying for is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). If successful, you will be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a 'disclosure'. Further information can be found on the 'Our Recruitment Process' tab.


This post is a COVID-19 critical post. The successful applicant/s will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and are strongly encouraged to take up the offer of the COVID-19 vaccination.


In return Lancashire County Council offers a range of benefits, found on our website here


We reserve the right to close down a vacancy early, before the closing date, if we receive sufficient applications.


Job Description & Person Specification

Additional Information

  • Minimum Salary: 22129
  • Maximum Salary: 25927
  • Pay Basis: Yearly
  • Schedule Type: Full Time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: 37
  • Closing Date: Aug 21, 2022

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