Care Leavers Service- Personal Advisers - Woking
£21,475 per annum for 36 hours per week based at Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking, GU22 7XX.
3.5 roles are currently available - 2.5 within the North West team & 1 within the South West Team - all are based in Quadrant Court.
Flexible working supported where possible, laptop and mobile supplied. 24 days annual leave, local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers as well as the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
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.
About the Role
To case hold and provide support to young people, aged 18 – 21 year (25 if in higher education) 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 that allows them 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).
Personal advisors will participate in the assessment and preparation of Pathway Plans for Eligible young people.
The Pathway Plan sets out the young persons aspirations regarding education, accommodation, health, social relationships and specific needs and for asylum seeking children how their immigration status may impact on these areas.
Alongside this PA’s maybe responsible for representing the Leaving Care Service at working groups such as participation events and at Care Council meetings.
The role holder can recommend services that the local authority maybe required to pay for, and while they hold no direct budget responsibilities, they would be required to have an understanding on the finance policy.
Alongside their caseload PA’s will be required to carry out duty on a rota basis.
Personal Advisors are based in one of the four area based teams located at various children services offices across the authority.
They are expected to visit young people living in and out of the county to complete assessments including Pathway Reviews.
Qualifications & experience required:
- Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above or equivalent, or able to evidence ability at an equivalent level.
- Relevant NVQ Level 2 qualifications or able to evidence knowledge/understanding of working with young people/care leavers.
- Ability to work to the reporting standards of the department: ensuring that they 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 the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000, and the current Regulations and Guidance for Care Leavers – Planning Transition to Adulthood for Care Leavers.
- Knowledge of Housing legislation, Department of Work and Pensions Benefits, and
- Ability to develop and sustain good working relationships with young people including those who may be disengaged, involving them in the planning.
- Experience of working with unaccompanied Asylum Seeking young people.
- Ability to identify risk and seek guidance where necessary.
- Ability to travel around and out of the county to visit young people, and undertake some evening visits.
For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job description and person specification. We look forward to receiving your application.
Shortlisting will take place after Easter & interviews will be scheduled for early May - date TBC.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 7th May 2017.
Interviews will take place end of May - date TBC
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.