Leaving Care Worker
An exciting opportunity has become available for a Leaving Care Worker in the West Somerset and Taunton 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.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
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.
A few things about you
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 C/Level 4 and above 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
You will need to be able to travel across the County and sometimes further as many of the young people live at distance from Somerset.
The salary range for this role is £22,571 to £25,927 per annum
For further information or an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact: Daniel Batchelor, Leaving Care Team Leader, on 07811310721.
We anticipate offering and conducting interviews ahead of the closing date for suitable candidates.
From 1 April 2023 the County and District councils in Somerset will be replaced by a new single unitary authority – Somerset Council. It’s a genuinely exciting time to join us as we work together with the four district councils to deliver the new council for Somerset.
Why choose Somerset County Council
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 and health screenings.
- My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
This job requires a criminal background check (DBS) via the disclosure procedure.
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