Salary: Band 7 - £23,866 - £28,221 p.a. (pro rata), (£11,932 - £14,110 for 18.5 hours), plus 7.5% shift allowance where applicable
Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.
DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.
What is the role?
You will have specialist knowledge and understanding to support young people who are exploring issues, or looking for support relating to their sexual and gender identity. You will be able to demonstrate to a high level the practical delivery of your specialist knowledge and experience, along with a demonstrable passion for working with LGBTQ young people. As well as delivering direct support work, you will contribute to the Portsmouth 'Team Around the Worker' approach within the Multi-agency Teams through delivery of information, advice, guidance and training.
Reporting to the multi-agency leadership team, you will engage with families and young people where LGBTQ issues are a negative feature in the family dynamic. You will support them to assess need holistically and work with them to develop sustainable solutions that improve their ability to achieve better outcomes for their children.
This post-holder will ensure that help is provided to families and young peoples in the most effective way to ensure that the improved outcomes are achieved, including reducing demand on statutory child protection services and other specialist services.
The main responsibilities will be to:
- Take the lead professional role with families where the primary concern accords with the area of specialism
- Complete early help assessments with families to understand their needs and work with them to improve outcomes across a range of indicators
- Be the lead professional, accessing support from a team of professionals as appropriate to ensure the needs of the whole family are addressed. This will include feeding back the outcomes to the original referrer
- Restorative practitioner
- Offer information, advice and guidance to young people in a variety of settings/environments. It is expected that this will be for an agreed period of time and monitored with the family and young person alongside supervision. This will include offering fixed term, one to one interventions for young people who are exploring issues, or looking for support relating to their sexual and gender identity and where their parents may not be engaged with our service
- Provide specialist advice to the early help service so as to improve performance on support and resources for young people who are exploring issues, or looking for support relating to their sexual and gender identity
- Coordinate the delivery of specialist youth groups in Portsmouth which are designed to support young people who are exploring issues, or looking for support relating to their sexual and gender identity
- Provide quality up to date information, advice and guidance related to the specialist area which supports children and young people’s emotional health, personal and social development and promotes healthy lifestyles in schools and colleges across Portsmouth City
- Be the point of contact for information, advice, guidance and training to the wide network of practitioners working with young people
- Promote the involvement of young people in planning, delivery and evaluation of services
- Be able to identify young carers and enable them to access help and support
- Represent the service at meetings and at school/ college and community events when required.
- Keep up to date on issues that affect children’s and young people e.g. changes in government policy and local practice.
- Support all services delivered by the multiagency teams through the Team around the worker model
- Be aware of and contribute towards achieving the KPIs set for the Early Help and Prevention Service within your locality. a) Children achieve and attain through school attendancec) The right services are secured for families experiencing difficulties at the right time.e) The Troubled Families programme is embedded as business as usual.Occasional evening and out of hours working are requirements for this position.
- The post holder will need to interact with staff at all levels within the council, and the NHS and with representatives of other local partners such as schools, and the voluntary sector.
- d) Only those families who need specialist support services are referred into specialised services.
- b) Parents are well equipped to meet the needs of their children across their minority.
- The post holder will need to manage competing demands to ensure that through the early help and prevention offer in Portsmouth, we support young people and families in accordance with our Outcomes Framework, to ensure: