Please note this role is a fixed term contract for 12 months. There are 3 positions available in the following 3 locations: Colchester, Harlow and Chelmsford
The role of a Personal Advisor is to carry out agreed plans to support young people both directly and, indirectly, to act on behalf of the Social Services Directorate in fulfilling statutory responsibilities under the Children's Act 1989 and the Children Leaving Care Act 2000.
The main focus of work will be, alongside Social Workers, to support young people who are "Looked After" (in care) and due to leave care, and those who have recently left care up to 25 years old. Personal Advisors are required to consider all the important component parts that make up their individual lives in order to maximise their life opportunities and reach their full potential.
This Personal Advisor position will focus specifically on the reduction of homelessness of Care Leavers. The Personal Advisor will not be case holding but work alongside the allocated worker toward positive solutions for accommodation.
- Responsible for providing practical, personal and emotional support to young people in order to meet assessed need; maintaining and promoting health, physical, emotional development and well-being.
- Responsible for enabling and empowering young people to make decisions in their lives and to self-advocate and to advocate on behalf of young people who do not have the skills to do this.
- Contribute to the construction of a Pathway Plan from the assessment to establish a viable response to established need over time.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues from Social Care and other agencies, in a variety of ways, in addition to undertaking direct work with young people and engaging with significant people in the young person's life (members of the family, community etc).
- Building effective inter-agency networks to have an understanding of voluntary and statutory agencies and an awareness of opportunities within the Local Community.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area. eg, Housing, Employment, and training Issues for young People.
- Educated to NQV Level 3 or by experience
- Experience in working creatively with in various ways young people including young parents.
- Experience in collaborating with other professionals and agencies for the benefit of the client.
- A commitment to working relationships which promote and support the clients' developing independence.
- Be able to work as part of a team and be flexible with an ability to work some evenings and weekends.
- Familiarity with the principles of the Children's Act 1989 and the Children Leaving Care Act 2000 and Children and Social Work Act 2018.
- Full driving licence and the use of a car or access to a driver and vehicle for work purposes
Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.
Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.