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Leaving Care Personal Advisor UASC
  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/645/25945
  • Published: Fri 22/07/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 21/08/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £28,226 - £32,798 *Pay award pending
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Lavender Street, Brighton

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Leaving Care Personal Advisor UASC

Job introduction

The personal advisors in the UASC team provide vital support and advice to our Care Leavers during their transition from living in care to full independence.

Interview date - Thursday 25th August 2022

For an informal discussion, please contact Kate Eccles - Team/Pod Manager on kate.j.eccles@brighton-hove.gov.uk or Jo Watts - Advanced Leaving Care Practitioner on jo.watts@brighton-hove.gov.uk

About the role

It’s an exciting time to be join this busy team, who are a highly committed group of staff - they are passionate about ensuring this cohort of care leavers are offered the best opportunities possible to:

- successfully adapt to life in the UK

- engage in education, training and employment opportunities

- acquire budgeting and independence skills

- maintain their accommodation and secure housing

- live a healthy lifestyle and access health services

- make positive use of community and leisure services

- promote family and friendship links

- be aware of their responsibilities as citizens

The team also works closely with other professionals, including solicitors, the Home Office and Immigration officials, to support young people with their claims for asylum, and help them navigate the complexities of this often long and arduous process.

Brighton & Hove re-designed children’s social work services in Autumn 2015, part of which was the formation of a team dedicated to work with unaccompanied minors, and care leavers who arrived as unaccompanied minors. We believe that putting relationship-based practice at the heart of everything we do enables us to provide consistent and quality support to this cohort of care leavers so that they can have the very best start in adult life and to live happy, healthy and safe and independent lives.

The changes that were introduced have had a very positive impact on our ability to provide consistent and unbroken support to young people, as the UASC team works with young people from the day they arrive, through to their 25th birthday, if they want a post-21 service from us. Our recent Peer Review highlighted that our ‘social workers and support staff at every level were impressive’ and they had ‘confidence in the management team’. But we can’t realise our ambition to become a centre of excellence and best practice without more dedicated, skilled and motivated workers like you.

We will give you the time and active support you need to make a real difference to young people’s lives and you will be encouraged to take part in practice research and to contribute to practice development within the service.

Our pod model is based on providing emotional containment for social workers and, as well as not using agency social workers, we have developed a supervision model which includes weekly group supervision, 1:1 supervision, and Reflective Practice Groups for practitioners and managers at every level.

We have recognised that we need to do further work to support families and communities who experience racism in the city and to support our Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff.  As a council we have made a commitment to being an anti-racist organisation and we have set up an Anti-Racist Project to make sure we achieve this within children's social work services.  We have also appointed a Lead Practitioner for Anti-Racist Practice and we are one of the Local Authorities piloting the Workforce Race Equality Standards for social care in 2021.

If you have the skills, interest and experience of working with Care Leavers and/or have experience of working with UASC, we would like to hear from you.

Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)

Company information

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.