The Asylum & Leaving Care team work with young people from the age of 16 up to 21 who have been looked after by the Local Authority. The team is made up of Personal Advisors, Social Workers, Team Managers, administrative staff and an Operations Manager. We’re based on two sites - in Bedworth and Warwick and cover the county – although some of the young people we work with might be living out of Warwickshire and so this might involve further travel. Our aim is to help young people with their successful transition to adulthood. We work with them to develop a pathway plan and explore all areas of support – whether this is through liaison with housing departments, education providers, employers or friends and family. We want to provide the young people with the best support we can to ensure they can achieve their aspirations.
37.0 Hours per Week
Fixed term contract for 2 years
As a Personal Advisor you will work with young people from 16 - 25. For young people who are 16 - 18 you’ll co work with a social worker. You’ll manage a caseload and travel throughout the county working with care leavers to complete Pathway Plans through direct work, identifying their needs in respect of housing, education, finances and offer advice and guidance around developing independent living skills. In addition you’ll be communicating with a wide variety of other professionals in housing, education or health as well as liaising with families to build up local networks to enable you to support the young people you are working with and help them to make positive choices. Care leavers can face many uncertainties as they make the transition from foster care to independence. This is a varied and complex role as it’s important the support you provide is tailored to each young person’s needs. As a Personal Advisor you could be supporting young people to get settled in their own accommodation, helping with college applications and University statements or working through issues with young people around relationships, health or finances. There will be young people that may be more difficult to engage with and you’ll need powers of persuasion and creative thinking to ensure they receive the support they’re entitled to.
Ideally you will have experience of working with vulnerable groups and the ability to demonstrate a caring and nurturing approach. You will need to be able to complete Pathway Plan assessments and have strong analytical and communication skills, both written and verbal. You will need to be able to work on your own initiative as well as collaboratively with individuals, families, carers, communities, colleagues and other agencies and have strong influencing, persuading and resilience skills. In addition you’ll need to work to deadlines, often under competing work pressures. The role also requires accurate recording to be kept for which you’ll need to be competent using electronic recording systems with good IT skills.
This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
For further information please see the attached Job Description & Person Specification.
Additional Information & How to Apply
For further information about the role please contact the hiring manager: Mike Ray - 01926 414888
Closing Date: 20th August 2018
Interview Date: 30th August 2018
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Rewards & Benefits of working for Warwickshire
It really is true that every single job role here at Warwickshire County Council contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our County; we want to do this for our employees, too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours, technology to support remote working (such as light laptops and phones where the role allows).
Time to recharge is so important; we provide a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us. You get all Bank and public holidays off, plus all staff are given an extra day of holiday over Christmas.
As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also have access to membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, a host of enhanced family friendly policies and some of the very best Learning and Development training courses to support your ongoing development.
We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.Supporting documents
Job Description and Person Specification