Salary: £23,080 - £25,481 pro-rata
Working Pattern: Part-time, 3 days per week
Location: Bognor Regis
Interview Date: 24 September 2021
We're currently looking for a Support Worker to join our Leaving Care Service, to work with our care leavers offering them practical support and guidance on their journey to independence.
The Leaving Care Service is part of Corporate Parenting within West Sussex County Council and provides direct support to over 600 young people each year. The Service supports, and plays a key role in, the journey of young people between the ages of 16 to 21, and up to 25 in some cases, as they leave care and transition towards an independent future as young adults; guiding, advising and enabling young people with their aspirations.
As a Support Worker within the Leaving Care Service, you will work collaboratively with our care leavers, at a crucial moment in their lives, who may need support with accessing and attending meetings with a range of services including solicitors, housing, mental health services, employment and benefits, substance misuse, probation, police and adult social care. You will work alongside our Personal Advisors and Housing Support Worker to offer practical support in gaining the skills to live fulfilling and rewarding independent lives.
Due to the nature of this role, you must be able to travel independently across the county of West Sussex as well as work flexibly outside of office hours to meet the needs of our care leavers.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to work effectively with care leavers in crisis, managing own and others' anxieties and working within the boundaries of the role. Ability to work in an empowering way with care leavers, focussing on their collective strengths and resources, e.g. using a solution focussed approach.
- Ability to organise/prioritise work and co-ordinate a variety of tasks in a clear and logical way and meet agreed deadlines. Ability to manage casework with young people, establishing needs, setting objectives and reviewing progress.
- Ability to engage and work creatively in partnership with young people and partner organisations including schools, in order to effect positive and lasting change.
- Ability to reflect on own practice and to learn from experience. To take responsibility for own performance and to be proactive in relation to own work and professional development.
- Ability to analyse and interpret complex information and prioritise needs in order to make recommendations/decisions which will have a positive outcome.
- Sound communication and interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with a range of clients and other professionals and create effective working relationships. Ability to organise and present information clearly, concisely and accurately in ways that promote understanding, both verbally and in written form.
Qualifications and experience:
- NVQ level 3 Health and Social Care, or equivalent qualification or experience demonstrating that level of ability in working with young people and families.
- Experience of direct work with young people aged 16 plus.
- Experience of working in a multi-agency context, demonstrating an awareness of differing roles and responsibilities and effective methods of collaboration.
- Experience of using a range of direct work interventions in working with young people and their families.
- Experience of working with young people and their families in a crisis situation.
- Valid and full driving licence.
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do. In addition to working within an incredibly supportive team, you'll be entitled to 24 days annual leave, as well as the option to buy up to 3 additional days, a generous Local Government Pension Scheme and a range of training and development opportunities. For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee, please visit our website.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03312.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check. You must be able to travel throughout the county including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
For information regarding your eligibility to apply for this role under our Disability or Veteran's Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please visit our website.