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Recovery Worker Substance Misuse

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
£30931 - £35362 per annum + + 26 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

Recovery Worker Substance Misuse

Permanent, Full Time

£30,931 to £35,362 per annum

Location: Clacton on Sea

Interview date: 15th May 2024

This position will be covering the Tendring and North Essex area.

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It's an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!

The Opportunity

MDT is an exciting new team who deliver secondary support to families open to social care. The team has recently become permanent after 3 years as a pilot scheme. It was evaluated as "very effective" by the university of Essex. Support is offered to parents and children. It is bespoke and flexible. In joining this team, you will have the opportunity to work with dedicated Subject Matter Experts to help those most in need.

Role Description

Promote family members involvement to improve outcomes for children.

Engage high risk families who have substance/alcohol misuse problems and provide them with advice about, screening and clinical interventions to address their substance/alcohol misuse.

Carry out risk assessments, risk management plans and comprehensive assessments, and to contribute to the development of individual recovery plans with those who express a wish to access community treatment/support services. Work within the Multi Agency Team in order to complete an assessment with an impact and outcome analysis.

Utilise interventions such as, motivational interviewing, ITEP, cognitive behavioural techniques and brief interventions in both one-to-one and group settings to promote engagement in treatment services, encourage self-esteem, well-being, self-responsibility, enhanced motivation and therefore improve their parenting capacity.

Review ongoing care and treatment liaising closely with partner agencies and provide support in engaging with the right services at the right time.


  • Work and liaise with other agencies involved with the client's broader care plan including health services, hospitals and GP's.
  • In fulfilling these aims the post holder will use recognised, up to date evidenced based interventions and will have specific responsibility for the development, delivery and coordination of a recovery focussed model.
  • The post-holder will contribute to the service to ensure that parents / carers and their children consistently receive high quality services that adhere to best practice guidelines and achieve high professional standards.
  • The post holder will be responsible for contributing to the overall performance of the service to ensure that contractual output targets are achieved and will be required to record and input client data and information in order that the service operates within contractual, administrative and financial requirements.
  • The post holder will be required to work flexibly across the operational site as required and within an agreed number of hours to maintain the most appropriate level of service provision.
  • The post holder will be expected to take responsibility for personal development, identifying personal training needs and participate in regular supervision and appraisal.

The Experience You Will Bring


  • Experience of working within substance misuse services.
  • Experience of working with high risk families where children are subject to Child Protection or Child in Need Plans
  • Working effectively to support adults and young people with a history of substance misuse with demonstrable outcomes
  • Relevant Qualifications relating to substance misuse.


  • Knowledge of local services and geography.
  • Motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Training in ITEP/BTEI or other structured psychosocial interventions.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

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