Personal Advisor

Job Category: Social Care
Contract Type Temporary
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Hours per week 37hrs
Rate £18.00 per hour

About the job:

We are seeking a personal advisor to provide a statutory personal advisor service for children in care and care leavers aged 16-25 years, ensuring that all legislative requirements are met.

As a personal advisor you will work with eligible, relevant, former relevant and qualifying care leavers. The work will involve assessing needs, the co-ordination, preparation and completion of Pathway Plans and providing advice, guidance and support to young people preparing for living independently into adulthood.

  • Lead and coordinate service provision around the needs of young people working with issues such as resilience, self esteem and confidence building, including being case responsible for young people aged 18+.
  • Participate in the provision of appropriate programmes for young people leaving care in conjunction with other Directorate staff and other agencies within the field
    The goal of such programmes would be to assist young people to achieve the transition to adulthood, with particular emphasis upon their transition from being in care, to living independently in the community.
  • Under the supervision of a Practice Manager, undertake needs assessments of young people leading to the development of Pathway Plans that help to plan the transition to adult life and sets realistic targets and goals.
  • With other Personal Advisers, plan and deliver training sessions on the Daily Living Project-to ensure that young people receive information and skills development designed to promote and support independent living. Take part in duty systems and drop-in sessions for young people to ensure that a service is available to young people as they require it.
  • Keep in touch with young people and to be a consistent and reliable source of advice and support to them. This will involve attendance at meetings and include visits to young people’s home, education establishments, accommodation provision, prisons and courts.
  • Challenge young people to help them avoid being without employment, education or training. This will involve liaison and joint working with independent and third sector providers.
  • Provide practical advice on budget management and use other professional networks to assist.
  • Maintain timely and accurate recording on the young person’s file and other relevant records, to ensure that there is an accurate record of work undertaken with young people that they can understand and that assists other professionals working in partnership.
  • A level standard qualification or equivalent by experience through working knowledge of complex legislation relating to looked after children and care leavers
  • Substantial experience of working with children and young people up to the age of 21 and 25 if they are in higher education in a voluntary or Professional setting.
  • Have worked successfully in achieving outcomes for young people under supervision.
  • Knowledge of the legislation concerning looked after children and the responsibilities of Local Authorities towards care leavers.
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  •  Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
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  • Consultants based on site within Angel Square
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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