Senior Accommodation Support Officer

Recruiter
Confidential
Location
Chelmsford
Salary
26150.00 - 32688.00 GBP Annual
Posted
14 Jan 2022
Closes
15 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
INTERVENTIONS ALLIANCE is the Justice and Social Care division of Seetec, delivering tailored support to participants across a range of contracts, including as CFO Activity Hubs, Education, Training and Employment (ETE), Accommodation and Approved Premises. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to build a better future, regardless their past choices or the challenges they face.

We are committed to combining our knowledge, skills and talents across the justice and social care sectors to deliver services and interventions that overcome the barriers that hold people back from living more fulfilled lives. Ultimately, our aim is to equip individuals with the necessary skills needed to desist from offending, successfully reintegrate into to their local communities and address barriers to work.

The Role

We are recruiting a Senior Accommodation Support Officer to be part of the Dynamic Framework Accommodation Service to ensure delivery of effective interventions and stakeholder liaison in custody and in the community in order to support male participants throughout the region to address their housing needs and reduce their likelihood of reoffending.

This role has specific responsibility to contribute to developing high-quality practice among practitioners in the accommodation team through observing and auditing practice and providing coaching, mentoring, specialist advice and guidance to colleagues within the team.

Our successful candidate will have a good working knowledge of the Housing Act 1996 and a thorough knowledge of housing options and a thorough understanding of the homelessness reduction act 2017. The role also requires an understanding of the work of the Probation and Prison Service. You will have the ability to work with complex and high need participants and ability to work effectively with housing providers in order to achieve successful outcomes.

We need your excellent organisation skills and your ability to motivate and coach staff to deliver organisational objectives and to meet deadlines.

Key Responsibilities

* Assist the Accommodation Team Support Manager in continuous improvement to practice and the delivery of a high-quality service.

* Provide specialist housing law/process advice and guidance in Housing to participants, accommodation staff and employees.

* Provide coaching, mentoring and workshops to all members of the team to develop their standards of practice and knowledge.

* Ensure the maintenance of up-to-date knowledge and skills in relation to housing advice, law and support for participants.

* Provide a link between the work of the Excellence and Effectiveness (E&E) Directorate and frontline practice.

* Work in close partnership with Probation Practitioners in order to understand and respond to the housing needs of participants, carrying out initial assessments and constructing a housing resettlement plan, taking account of risk and the needs to facilitate appropriate actions and outcomes.

* Build and maintain an effective relationship with actual and potential referral agencies, authorities, stakeholders and organisations in order to facilitate referrals to programmes/ activities/ services as required and support participants housing needs.

Skills & Experience

Essential

* To have a good working knowledge of the Housing Act 1996 and a thorough knowledge of housing options.

* A thorough understanding of the homelessness reduction act 2017

* A good understanding of the work of the Probation and Prison Service

* Clear understanding of equal opportunities

* Knowledge of the challenges faced by those leaving custody

* Comprehensive knowledge of legal aid eligibility rules

* Good understanding of learning styles and staff development techniques

* An understanding of safeguarding.

Desirable

* Level 3 Award in Education and Training (or PTLLS

* Knowledge of tenancy law concerning housing associations, private and social landlords

Salary: GBP26,150 - GBP32,688 per annum (dependent on experience)

Location: Base location flexible, covering cases in Chelmsford and the surrounding areas.

Hours: Full time, 37 hours a week

Closing Date: 3rd January 2022

Benefits: 25 days annual leave + Bank Holidays + Birthday Day off, Pension, Competitive Salary, optional discounted Medical and Health Cash Plans, Employee Assistance Programme, Cycle to Work Scheme, Eye Care Scheme, access to a wide range of local and national discounts.

In light of Covid 19 all interviews will be undertaken via Microsoft Teams

Seetec - Interventions Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share and uphold this commitment in conjunction with the requirements of the Prevent Duty and the positive promotion of modern British values.

Dependent on the role applying to you may be required to process a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS/DS) check. Seetec - Interventions Alliance support the recruitment of ex- offenders and will not discriminate in anyway. Our full policy statement of "Ex-Offenders" can be found on our website under" About us"

Seetec - Interventions Alliance is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity