This is an exciting opportunity to join the Homelessness Prevention Team with our vision to reduce homelessness and the impact of poverty for the citizens of Hertfordshire.
If you have an interest and passion for making a significant changes in the lives of families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or who have no recourse to public funds, and you are a qualified Social Worker, this could be the opportunity for you
You will be responsible for the safeguarding of Children in Need undertaking assessments including Child and Family and Human Rights Assessments, identifying risk and formulating plans.
You will support Homelessness Prevention Officers and the Child Practitioner through supervision and will deputise for the Team Manager to enhance your career development.
You will work in partnership with professionals/agencies to ensure children and their families are receiving appropriate support. You will signpost to services including Housing, Employment, Benefits, and to support around Visa applications, ensuring families are signposted to appropriate legal representation if needed.
The duties and responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present. The post holder is expected to accept any reasonable alterations that may from time to time be necessary.
You will be joining a highly supportive and fast-paced team working with carers and children at risk of homelessness and those who have No Recourse to Public Funds and require additional support to settle into life in the UK due to separation from their family, country of origin, cultural norms and language barrier.
You may be involved in the development of the service offer provided by the Homelessness Prevention Team including developing tenancy sustainment courses to ensure the long-term stability of the child.
- Qualified Social Worker registered with Social Work England
- Experience of working with children and young people to improve outcomes relating to health, education, emotional & behavioural development, identity, family and social relationships and self-care skills
- Knowledge of legislation, guidance, policy, and procedure in relation to safeguarding
- Ability to complete robust assessments, identify risk and formulate plans
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with partner agencies
- Understanding of equality and diversity in Social Work
- Ability to input and maintain accurate computerised information and records
- Ability to work on own initiative
- Keep up to date with learning, training and personal development
- Have access to a car and a full drivers licence
- Some knowledge experience in working with families at Risk of Homelessness, modern day slavery or trafficking would be desirable
We have embedded Hertfordshire County Council’s Values into every aspect of the support that we offer.
We often need to challenge myths, both about Housing and ‘Social Workers’. The ability to appropriately challenge is a necessary skill for the successful candidate.
We have the advantage of being an evolving service which has enabled us to develop service provision to best meet the needs of our Service Users. We ensure that aspects of diversity and difference are carefully considered in our duties