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Homeless Youth Specialist Senior Practitioner

Homeless Youth Specialist Senior Practitioner

Posted 27 October by Essex County Council

Homeless Youth Specialist Senior Practitioner

Permanent, Full Time

£40,637 to £49,183 per annum

Location: Colchester

Closing date: 10th November 2021

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

The Role

As an experienced social work practitioner, this role will work flexibly across the County providing expert supervision and coaching/mentoring to Homeless Youth Specialist Social Workers, as well as supporting colleagues in other parts of the service to develop their knowledge and practice in relation to young people at risk of homelessness.

Managing a complex caseload and managing high levels of risk, the role will work closely with 16/17-year-old young people that are considered homeless or at risk of homelessness. Supporting young people approaching statutory services and ensuring early, proactive intervention with a flexible approach, seeking, wherever possible, to mediate, reunite and support families to stay together. Building strong working relationships with key partners and stakeholders to ensure that successful outcomes are achieved.

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You will

  • Provide a source of expert advice and professional peer supervision for Homeless Youth Specialist Social Workers and contributing to the development of practice standards.
  • Provide training, support and advice to the social work teams more broadly to widen knowledge and expertise in specialist area of 16/17 years old Homelessness and be the link into more strategic operational forums and networks.
  • Provide expert guidance to Homeless Youth Specialist Social Workers ensuring that performance improvements are delivered and that successful outcomes for young people are achieved.
  • Assessment of complex social care needs and development of support for vulnerable people, children and families.
  • Participate in a range of case conferences, court attendance, meetings and statutory reviews, pro-actively taking the lead when a social care perspective is required.
  • Build strong effective working relationships across the Council, with partners and members of voluntary agencies to help people get the best start in life and age well. Supporting to strengthen our relationships/partnership working with Local Housing Authorities across Essex.
  • Ensure the highest possible standards in social work practice, ability and skills, working in accordance with defined legal frameworks, policy and procedures.
  • Delivers a high level of expertise in particular areas of practice and leads on those areas, contributing to the development.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
  • A recognised social work qualification i.e. Diploma, degree or master's in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent, with current registration with Social Work England as a registered social worker.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development aligned to any relevant Professional Competency/Capability frameworks or Knowledge and Skills Statements.
  • Significant experience of social work, demonstrating a comprehensive and up to date understanding of all relevant legislation, regulation and guidance, specially related to Homelessness.
  • Experience of mentoring both Social Work students and newly qualified and experienced Social Work staff, being a subject matter expert in professional social work practice.
  • Experience of chairing meetings involving clients, family members and/or carers and other multi-agency professionals.
  • Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children, young people and families.
  • In depth understanding of delivery of value for money interventions balanced against need.
  • Proven track record of clear decision making in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

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Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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Reference: 44490689

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