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Prevention Officer

  • Employer: Gravesham Council
  • Reference: GREC921LS
  • Published: Mon 06/09/2021, 11:40 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/09/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £30,026 - £31,862 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, Kent

Our Organisation-

Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses.

The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.

Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves.

The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to Deliver a proactive, high quality housing options service in accordance with housing legislation with a view to prevent homelessness.

The applicant should have expert knowledge of the local authority’s role in homeless prevention including tenancy law, eligibility for housing assistance, homeless legislation, mutual exchange and different types of tenure.

This role will provide essential homeless advice and guidance to households that are homeless or in threat of homelessness in accordance with the council’s statutory duties under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 (as amended) with the aim of preventing homelessness.

Main responsibilities

Provide proactive advice and guidance to households that are either homeless or threatened with homelessness to secure and sustain suitable accommodation, including the submission of referrals to other departments and external agencies in order to meet the housing related needs of customers.

Fulfil the Councils’ statutory duty to all groups including those suffering domestic abuse, those with mental health problems, substance misuse, disability both learning and physical as well as those with exceptionally high needs.

Create tailored personalised housing plans with customers, with a strong focus on preventing homelessness

Carry out financial assessment to ensure income is maximised and make relevant referrals to debt advice services

To work in partnership with outside agencies, RPs and other departments to resolve households housing problems.

To Issue relevant notifications and decisions under section 184 of the Housing Act as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act.

To prevent homelessness and resolve threats of homelessness to eligible households by giving appropriate housing advice and providing hands on support and updating case notes and the housing database in a timely manner

Provide proactive advice and guidance to households that are struggling to maintain their  current tenancy, including debt and budgeting advice, support with claims for universal credit  requests for safeguarding of benefit payments, and mediation between tenant and landlord  where required.

Essential qualifications/experience-

Level 3 Certificate and/or Level 4 diploma in Housing Studies or equivalent

Experience in a housing related role offering housing advice, social work, debt advice, or welfare benefits.

Experience of working alongside vulnerable households and obtaining information from them.

Experience of dealing with difficult customers and conflict management.

Experience of working within a busy environment.

Experience of working with housing related computer systems.

Experience of dealing with difficult customers and conflict  management.

Experience of working within a busy environment.

Experience of working with housing related computer systems.

Experience of project administration and delivery.

Experience of investigating illegal eviction

Desirable qualifications/experience-

Any other qualifications that could be used in this area of Housing

In return we offer you:

Holiday entitlement

A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.

Training

In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. 

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help,

whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.

Pensions

A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.

Occupational health

An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager email Vicky May on Victoria.may@gravesham.gov.uk

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

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How to Apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

 

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

 

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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  • Employer: Gravesham Council
  • Reference: GREC921LS
  • Published: Mon 06/09/2021, 11:40 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/09/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £30,026 - £31,862 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, Kent

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