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. We are looking to recruit 2 PAs, initially on a temporary basis until March 2023. 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.
- 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 must hold an NVQ3 in Health and Social Care (or an equivalent relevant subject) 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.
An enhanced DBS will be required for this position.
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
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Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
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