Children and Families Operations West
18.5 hours per week
Salary: £10,794 to £12,399 per annum
An exciting opportunity has become available for a Leaving Care Worker in the Sedgemoor area. The role involves supporting young people who are leaving and have left the care system.
Our workers are engaged in preparation and planning for adulthood from age 16, taking on the statutory function of Personal Adviser for those over 18 potentially to age 25, taking the lead role in delivering and coordinating services to ensure a smooth transition into independent living.
About the job
The Leaving Care worker role involves balancing direct contact with young people alongside multi-agency working, recording, conducting assessments and writing plans. It can be challenging and emotionally demanding but is also rewarding.
For this post you will need to demonstrate:
- Significant experience of direct working with older teenagers/young adults who are, or have been, in a care setting and/or young people with complex needs and challenging behaviour.
- A full understanding of child development, the needs of young people who are, or have been, in care and come from another culture. Knowledge of Child Care and Leaving Care legislation and an understanding of safeguarding issues for children and young adults Knowledge and understanding of assessment and planning processes for young people.
- A good level of communication, advocacy and presentation skills to enable engagement with a wide range of young people, their families, colleagues and other agencies.
- Skills in engaging and influencing young people some of whom may be challenging and / or resistant to intervention.
- An ability to manage conflicting priorities, crises and some stressful work.
- Sound recording skills and an ability to write good quality, concise reports and plans that include analysis, and are SMART.
- A good all round standard of education to at least 5 GCSEs at Grade A to C, Level 4 or equivalent. Vocational qualification (or acquired knowledge) equivalent to Level 3 Qualification Credit Framework Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.
To understand, uphold and promote:
- The aims of the Council’s equality, diversity and inclusion policies
- Health, safety and wellbeing of self and others
- SCC’s Organisational Values (the 4Cs) and behaviours
An ability to drive and travel across the country as many of the young people live at distance from Somerset.
If, after reading the job details you require any further information about the post please contact Louise Ward on 01278 447924 or 07920 450005.
What we’ll offer in return
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
- We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
- Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
- Staff discounts in gyms.
- Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
- Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
- A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, computers, mobile phones and health screenings.
- My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
Somerset County Council is subject to Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English will be an essential requirement for customer-facing roles.
Please note if an internal applicant who is at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment has applied for this role and passed the selection process they will be offered the role over remaining internal and external applicants.
Closing date: 2 September 2019
Interviews are likely to be held the week commencing 9 September 2019
Job ref: SCC00731SR
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.