Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Officer
About the Organisation
Warwickshire County Council is a top performing two tier authority with a reputation for innovation and efficiency. If you can match our ambition to drive Warwickshire County Council forward we would like to hear from you
About the Team
Working in Warwickshire we have a shared Gypsy, Roma and Traveller partnership vision to;
“create strong partnerships across all sectors to provide provision that addresses inequality and creates community cohesion within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, local residents and businesses”.
Warwickshire County Council’s Gypsy and Traveller team works in partnership with the local councils, Police, education, welfare/ support services, the Gypsy and Traveller community, Equip, the national Gypsy and Traveller federation and the Police and Crime Commissioner. By working together we ensure a consistent approach is taken to support our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community, fostering an environment that enables the development of community cohesion and when necessary assist team members to take consistent enforcement action.
Warwickshire County Council has an exciting opportunity to recruit to a Gypsy and Traveller Liaison officer within the Gypsy and Traveller team. The post is full time, 37 hours per week and is based in Warwick. The post holder is expected to provide countywide welfare support to the Gypsy and Traveller community across Warwickshire at; unauthorised encampments, county owned sites, private sites and in housing.
To work within the Gypsy and Traveller community providing individual support in relation to:
- welfare checks,
- specialist support in relation to child and adult safeguarding, including domestic abuse,
- facilitating access to local authority and health services,
- supporting the community with accessing benefits and DWP services,
- advocating and liaising on behalf the community with internal and external agencies,
- providing a culturally sensitive outreach service,
- supporting the wider Gypsy and Traveller team to deliver site management including responding to emergency repairs and rent collection,
- supporting the wider Gypsy and Traveller team to manage unauthorised encampments within the county.
Skills and experience
We are looking for a community-focused individual to work with the Gypsy and Traveller community, key stakeholders including the local authorities, Police, health, education and specialist support services.
A successful applicant will have experience of working in the direct support of deprived and/or excluded communities, will be an excellent communicator, negotiator, accountable decision maker and will be able to demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to problem solving. An extensive working knowledge of the range of community-based services available to the Gypsy and Traveller Community, including older people, people with disabilities, children and those with housing related support needs is essential.
The post holder will have the ability to work unsupervised, use initiative to work sensitively within the Gypsy and Traveller community, wider settled community and work with key stakeholders to advocate for the Gypsy and Traveller community.
The post holder will take a lead role on all aspects of Gypsy and Traveller welfare related work.
The post holder will be required to keep up to date on the latest welfare requirements and national policy developments that impact on the Gypsy and Traveller community and will assist the community to access appropriate support.
This offers an excellent development opportunity and the post holder will be supported, guided and trained by other members of the Gypsy and Traveller Team and key stakeholders.
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. Please be aware that this post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
If you would like to discuss the role informally, please contact:
Cheryl Bridges, Community Safety Manager on 01926 412153 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: Tuesday 27th July 2021
Interview date: Week commencing 2nd August 2021
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Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. See more.