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Leaving Care Personal Advisor
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: CSC422RJ
  • Published: Mon 18/10/2021, 14:15 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 11/11/2021, 17:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Range 4 - £26,450 - £32,207
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Chatham, Kent, Kent

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Leaving Care Personal Advisor

This is an exciting opportunity to join our 16+ Care Leaver Service as a Personal Advisor working with young people from the age of 16 to 25.   You will support, advise, and befriend young people from the age of 16 who are in care as well as young people who have left care.

Duties include:

  • Assessing, planning, and coordinating services for care experienced young people identifying their specific needs and those at risk of harm.
  • Managing a caseload of varying complexity in compliance with departmental policies and procedures with statutory timescales, whilst maintaining accurate records and case files.
  • Working in partnership with relevant agencies and other stakeholders
  • Jointly working with social workers within the service supporting children in care aged 16-18 in preparation for adulthood and independence.

You will hold an NVQ3 in Health and Social Care together with a minimum of 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English at Grade 6 or equivalent.  Experience of working with young people in care and/or care leavers and up to date knowledge of legislation is essential.

A day in the life of a PA

“I have tried to think of everything we do in a day but it is so random at times and no two days are ever the same.

As a PA you really are a “corporate parent”.

Care leavers often have a very small support network and little contact with parents or family, if any.

As a PA you are the taxi driver, the bank of social care, the nurse, the removal person, the handyperson and the counsellor.

The person they call when they have run out of food, electricity, they need to hang curtains, they are homeless, a referral has been made to social care relating to their child, or they have achieved a first at university.

You move care leavers to university, or you attend court when they have done something wrong.

You help shop for their first home or you visit them in prison.

You take them for their first baby scan, or you support them through a still birth.

You chase them all over the UK because they are involved with county lines, or you visit them at home.

You need to have a thick skin and even more patience.

If at first you don’t succeed you just keep trying.

Some of our very challenging cases generally emerge from their teenage years successfully. This is down to the relationship between the young person and their PA because we are often the only reliable, consistent, adult in their lives and despite the problems and issues that come our way, we keep on coming back for more.

No matter how many times they push us away, we are always still there.”

For an informal discussion about the position please contact Debbie Taylor, Group Manager on 07773210505.

To apply, please complete a supporting statement confirming your job history and how you will be able to meet the key responsibilities identified in the job profile.

Closing Date: Monday 8th November 2021

An enhanced DBS will be required for this position.


PLEASE NOTE:  All new staff will be appointed at the minimum of the pay grade.