Leaving Care Worker

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
£21,693 to £23,866 per year
29 Jun 2018
23 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Leaving Care Worker

About the job

Closing Date: 09:00, Monday 23rd July 2018 

Interviews:  Tuesday 31st July 2018 

If you have not heard from us by 5pm 26th July 2018 please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Terms, conditions and benefits:

  • Hours per week : Full time 37.5
  • Contract type:  Permanent
  • Pay: £21,693 to £23,866 per year NJC Scale 23 - 26, starting at the bottom of the scale

The role

The Leaving Care Worker is part of the small friendly South Gloucestershire Team based in Patchway.  The team consists of 11 staff working across 7 contracts both community and accommodation based.

We work within a Psychologically Informed environment framework known as PIE. The team are very supportive of each other and through reflective practice we are always learning from our own and each other’s experiences.

In this role you will focus on supporting care leavers in their transition to independence and achieving positive outcomes.  Key to achieving this will be through building positive and trusting relationships and  working with young people to identify their strengths and areas for development, goals and aspirations and drawing  up support and pathway plans.  You will help to ensure young people are accessing appropriate services to help them to develop their independent living skills and settle positively within the community.  You will also work alongside of them within appointments and  multi-agency meetings to ensure their voice is always central to the process. 

There will be lots of multi-agency working, with the opportunity to liaise closely with Social Workers and staff from the South Gloucestershire Council Leaving Care Team. You will generally work with a caseload of around 20 young people and will deliver varying intensity of support depending on needs.

Your average day will be a busy mix of visits and phone calls with young people, updating support plans, attending partner agency meetings, helping staff the drop-in, and accompanying young people to appointments.

About you

You have empathy and understanding of the needs of homeless young people, young people leaving care, and the barriers they face. You like being around and working with young people.

You have excellent engagement skills with an ability to engage hard to reach young people.

You are able to work within a tam using a flexible approach and with a strong commitment to joint working with colleagues.

There is a requirement to work flexibly as required, which will include occasional evening and weekend work.

You will need to travel across South Gloucestershire so you must have either a full driving licence and access to a vehicle or the equivalent ability to travel with reasonable adjustments.

Where and who?

You will be working in the South Gloucestershire Team based in Patchway and line managed by the South Gloucestershire Service Manager.

About us

1625 Independent People prevents youth homelessness in the South West and has been helping 16-25 year olds reboot their lives for over 30 years.

With around 100 employees in six locations, we provided housing and support to around 2500 young people last year. 

We are one of the brightest youth organisations in the South West, leaders in our field; no other organisation in the area has the same wealth of experience.  Our service works because we include young people at every level of our organisation.

Equal opportunities for everyone

We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We expect all our staff to do this and to have appropriate criminal and reference checks. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check.

We believe ex-offenders should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers. Having a criminal record does not automatically mean you can’t work here. We will take the time to consider the offence, the role and the risk.

We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and sexual orientation. Our workforce should represent our community.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups as they are currently under-represented. This said, all applications are only considered on merit.

We do everything we can to make sure our recruitment opportunities don’t have barriers for disabled applicants. If you have a disability and need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process please let us know as soon as possible.

Some examples of types of adjustments we can make are:

  • If you have dyslexia and need extra time during assessments, this can be agreed.
  • If you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility we can make sure your interview is in an accessible room.
  • If you have back pain and need to stretch we can provide breaks in an interview.