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Return Home Interviewer - Missing Children Team

  • Employer: West Sussex County Council
  • Reference: CAFHE03812
  • Published: Fri 10/06/2022, 10:16 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 24/06/2022, 10:16 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Permanent
  • Salary: £23484 - £25927 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: West Sussex, Hampshire, Based in Horsham or Chichester, but working countywide , Based in Crawley, Based in Chichester

Salary: £23,484 - £25,927
Working Pattern
: Full Time (37 hours)
Contract Length
: Permanent
Location:
Horsham/HYBRID

Closing Date: Sunday 16th June

As a member of the Missing Children Team you will arrange and deliver high quality Return Home Interviews to a range of children and adolescents who have been reported as missing, aiming to understand why they went missing to reduce the risk of them going missing again.

In this role it is vital you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills as you will be in regular contact with service users and carers, respecting their privacy and dignity and taking all steps to reduce the risk of harm to children and adolescents. You will also need to establish, develop and maintain effective working relationships with partner services, including police, schools, health and other professionals and voluntary /specialist organisations

This role requires to postholder to be emotionally resilient as the work will involve exposure to children, subject matter or incidences, which may place emotional demands on you, as well as good self-awareness in order to make changes to how you practice.

You must be able to work flexibly and be able to independently travel to other locations across the County to undertake Return Home Interviews with children, which may occasionally include evenings and weekends.

Experience and Skills

Key Skills:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with a range of clients with a significant degree of sensitivity and empathy
  • Ability to work in a multi-agency environment, responding sensitively and flexibly to a diverse range of service users
  • Able to manage self; be self-aware and understanding of the impact of work on self and others, able to respond constructively to situations, balancing competing demands and recognising when to refer upwards and seek help appropriately
  • Ability to reflect on own practice and to learn from experience. To take responsibility for own performance and to be proactive in relation to own work and professional development
  • Sound and accurate IT skills including report writing, maintaining accurate records - confidentiality and protecting information

Qualifications/experience:

  • GCSE English and Maths, or equivalent qualification or experience
  • QCF Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (or equivalent) or demonstrable equivalent comparable experience
  • Valid and full driving licence
  • Experience of engaging children or adolescents who have experienced difficulties, listening and communicating with a significant degree of sensitivity and empathy
  • Experience of providing advice and guidance to adolescents and families
  • Experience of keeping accurate records, maintaining professional confidentiality and use of supervision

Rewards and Benefits

In addition to working within a great team and a brilliant opportunity you will receive:

  • A competitive salary
  • 24 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Flexible working
  • A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000
  • Free access to employee assistance programmes
  • Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres

For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

Further Information

The reference number for this role is CAFHE03812

For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact for issues applying please contact

To apply, upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check

West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people.

For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, this can be found on our application help page.

  • Employer: West Sussex County Council
  • Reference: CAFHE03812
  • Published: Fri 10/06/2022, 10:16 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 24/06/2022, 10:16 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Permanent
  • Salary: £23484 - £25927 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: West Sussex, Hampshire, Based in Horsham or Chichester, but working countywide , Based in Crawley, Based in Chichester

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