Personal Advisor - Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker Team.
This role has a starting salary of £32,173 per annum, based on a 36 hour working week.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Personal Advisor to work within our Children Looked After and Leaving Care Team. The team's purpose is to case hold and provide support to young people aged 18 - 25 years (who have ceased to be looked after by the local authority and who are eligible for a service as per the Children Leaving Care Act 2000 and/or The Children and Social Work Act 2017).
The vision is to support eligible young people to achieve their potential as they make their transition to adulthood. This includes asylum seeking young people (referred to as Relevant and Former Relevant young people).
About the Role
As a Personal Advisor (PA) you will case hold high risk and complex young people, and participate in the assessment and preparation of Pathway Plans for those who are eligible. The Pathway Plan sets out the young person's aspirations regarding education, accommodation, health, social relationships and specific needs. For asylum seeking young people, how their immigration status may impact on these areas.
Working with the Team Manager and the team, you will make a personal contribution to a collective endeavour, to create the conditions for success and actively contribute to the development and success of the service. Alongside this, you may be responsible for representing the Leaving Care Service at working groups, such as participation events and at Care Council meetings. You will also chair and lead the review of the Pathway Plan according to statutory requirements, including liaising with partners for young people living out of Surrey County Council.
As a PA you will be able to recommend services that the local authority maybe required to pay for, and while you would hold no direct budget responsibilities, you would be required to have an understanding of the finance policy.
Alongside your caseload, you will be required to carry out duty on a rota basis.
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Ability to develop and sustain good working relationships with young people including those who may be disengaged.
- Experience working with asylum-seeking young people and an understanding of the issues they face, plus a good working knowledge of relevant legislation (The Children Act 1989, Children Leaving Care Act 2004, Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, Children and Social Work Act 2017.)
- Ability to work to the reporting standards of the department, ensuring that reports are structured, evidence based and in accordance with the Directorate Quality Assurance Standards.
- An awareness of current issues relating to socially excluded young people including young people claiming asylum and/or subject to immigration control.
- Knowledge of Housing legislation, Department of Work and Pensions Benefits, and Immigration Policy.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 19/03/2023 with interviews to follow.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
For an informal discussion please contact Christopher Everest by e-mail at .
We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.