Unqualified – Personal Advisor

Shropshire

Temporary

Salary: From £00.00 to £17.00 per hour

Job description

We require another Personal Adviser to join the leaving care team who can offer support and advice mainly to our unaccompanied asylum seeking young people but will also be supporting other care leavers. The ideal candidate would have some experience in working with asylum processes, care leavers or young people who are deemed vulnerable and require support to promote better outcomes for themselves. They will manage a caseload of around 25 young people who are aged 17+ and be expected to carry out statutory duties as outlined in the Leaving Care Act 2000. The successful candidate will have experience in managing a caseload and have IT skills, a full drivers licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes.

Main Duties:

  • To hold a caseload of young adults who are Asylum seeking Care Leavers
  • To complete Needs assessments
  • To complete with the care leaver their Pathway Plan, to set goals and outcomes, and assist in the identification, delivery, and achievement of the goals and ensure triple planning is evident within the plan.
  • To regularly review and respond to significant changes in the needs of the Care Leaver ensuring their plans are updated to reflect the need identified
  • To advocate for Care Leavers with other statutory agencies, including Housing, Benefits agencies, Probation, Colleges and Universities, Health and Emotional Well Being Services, Adult Services and legal service etc.
  • To attend regular appointments when requested by the Care Leaver to support and obtain the best outcome desired.
    • To attend Court appointments or hearings where requested by the Care Leaver
    • Attend meetings with other agencies that review and respond to the presenting issues of the allocated Care Leaver, e.g. MAPPA, Statutory Reviews, Homeless application meetings; Adult services planning and review meeting etc.
    • To assist with the setting up of Care Leavers in independent accommodation, with financial and practical arrangements.
    • To visit and spend time discussing the transition to living alone in their own accommodation.
    • To visit the Care Leaver where they are living, this will require distance travel across the county and out of the county distance travel.
    • To assist, advice and befriend the Care Leaver to ensure their transition to adulthood develops independence, knowledge and skills
    • To organise and plan for other support services and people to be available to Care Leavers, building up their support network and introduce to relevant services and people.
    • Work with care leavers who may be homeless and require accommodation alongside housing colleagues within the Council and from private providers
    • To work with social workers in Children’s, Adults and Mental Health services to achieve best outcomes for the Care Leaver
    • To represent Care Leavers and the service in relevant meetings with partner agencies
    • To assist, advice and befriend the Care Leaver to ensure their transition to adulthood develops independence, knowledge and skills
    • To assist in the building of support networks for the Care Leaver to live independently
    • Develop skills and abilities to access appropriate services when required, including health, training, employment, benefits, substance misuse, mental health services.
    • To provide practical and emotional support to the Care Leaver in response to their need.
    • To engage and encourage the participation of Care Leavers in planning and delivering services
    • Support and attend with Care Leavers National training or awareness raising events relevant to Leaving Care
    • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records using necessary forms and specific IT systems
    • To work closely with all members of the Leaving Care Team, Looked After Children’s Service and Children’s Service to help develop and ensure the efficient operation of service.
    • To work closely with partner agencies to help develop and ensure efficient operation of the service
    • To assist in the development of initiatives and projects to promote the provision of services to Care Leavers
    • To attend and engage in supervision meetings with the Leaving Care Team manager, including group supervision
    • To attend and contribute to Team meetings, services meetings and Development days.
    • Any other duty in line with this post and at the direction of the Service Manager or the Head of Service Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding.

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