Please find full details of how to apply via our Website in the advert below. The deadline for application submissions is 23:59 on 31 January 2021.
We have an opportunity for a new colleague to join our South Gloucestershire team. We are seeking a Leaving Care Worker to focus on supporting care leavers in their transition to independence, accessing and sustaining appropriate accommodation and achieving positive outcomes.
We are a leading youth homelessness charity based in the South West, working with over 2,500 young people. We have strong local partnerships and adhere to the best practice in the sector. We build trusting relationships between our young people and our colleagues and this is at the core of our work.
What we are looking for:
• You will have experience of working with young people in a supporting role.
• You understand the complex needs of young people leaving care, and the barriers they face.
• You have excellent engagement skills with a demonstratable ability to creatively engage young people.
• You have the ability to assess the support needs of vulnerable young people and to deliver support as part of a negotiated plan including pathway plans.
• You are able to effectively manage risk, with the ability to carry out and implement risk assessments
• You will enjoy multi-agency working and the chance to work alongside other agencies.
• You are enthusiastic, able to work on own initiative but also alongside your team, ensuring a safe and thriving environment for young people.
What you will be doing:
• You will be working alongside Social Workers and PAs to support care leavers in their transition to independence.
• You will be building positive and trusting relationships and working with young people to identify their strengths and areas for development
• You will be assessing support needs of young people referred to the service.
• You will provide support as part of an integrated programme, negotiating and ensuring delivery of support and pathway plans with young people.
• You will assist young people to secure appropriate and safe accommodation and support them in moving in and establishing themselves in their home.
• You will help identify appropriate move-on options for young people where necessary.
• You will help young people take advantage of opportunities in the community including education, training, and employment.
• You will support young people to identify and access appropriate services to help them to develop their independent living skills.
• You will enjoy lots of multi-agency work with the requirement to liaise closely with Social Workers and staff from the South Gloucestershire Council Transition to Independence team.
You will be part of a small friendly team based in Patchway in South Gloucestershire. The team consists of 11 colleagues working across 6 contracts both community and accommodation based. You will be line managed by our South Gloucestershire Team Manager.
What we are offering:
• Our team members are very supportive of each other and through monthly Reflective Practice session we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences.
• Excellent benefits, including good rates of pay and annual leave.
• A relaxed dress code every day!
• A chance to gain valuable experience in working in the homelessness sector.
• Hours per week: 37.5 (this represents full time hours)
• Contract type: permanent
• Pay: £24,012 - £25,481 per annum
• Location: You will be based in our office in South Gloucestershire (Patchway), with great access to the M5.
• To access the Job Pack for the role and complete an online Application Form, please visit our Website at: https://1625independentpeople.peoplehr.net/Pages/JobBoard/Opening.aspx?v...
• To have an informal chat about the role, please contact Karen Clark on 0117 9695763
• If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Application deadline closes: 23:59 on 31 January 2021.
• If you have not heard from us by 17:00 on 02 February 2021 please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.
• Interviews will be held on 05 February 2021.
Covering Letter / Supporting Statement Guidance:
Please note that the online application form cannot be saved until it is fully complete. We recommend that you prepare your Covering Letter before you start the online application.
Your Covering Letter is essentially your Supporting Statement and will form the most important basis on which your skills, experience and behavioural competencies will be tested against the job criteria. Without it, your application cannot progress to the shortlisting stage.
You should refer to the Person Specification document within the Job Pack and cover only the elements that are tested at this stage of the recruitment process. Elements that only have the word ‘interview’ next to them will be tested at the next stage of the process and do not need to be covered in your letter.
Please try to keep the word limit to 250 words per criterion.
ALTHOUGH THE APPLICATION FORM GIVES YOU THE OPTION TO UPLOAD A CV, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT A CV AS THIS IS NOT NECESSARY AND WILL NOT BE USED IN THIS PROCESS.
Equal opportunities for everyone:
We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check.
We believe those with a criminal record should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. We also pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented.
Please see our Policies section on the website, for further information. If you need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process, please let us know as soon as possible.