NCT – Personal Advisor – Leaving Care Team
To provide a statutory Personal Advisor service for children in care and care leavers age 16-25 years, ensuring that all legislative requirements are met. Personal Advisers 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.
Essential Skills & Experience
- Knowledge of the legislation concerning looked after children and the responsibilities of Local Authorities towards Care leavers.
- Knowledge to advise young people around budgeting, and to be financially accountable where appropriate.
- Knowledge of suitable education, training and employment opportunities for care leavers and how to engage young people in securing this type of opportunity or to learn what needs to be done.
- Demonstrable understanding of the safeguarding agenda for children and vulnerable adults.
- Knowledge of the legislation and practice in relation to unaccompanied asylum seeking children and care leavers.
- To be literate and able to write emails, case records and other reports using electronic case recording systems and software such as MS Word.
- Ability to develop working relationships with family, carers, professionals & partner agencies. (Education, training, employment, accommodation, police, probation, prison, DWP, health, Emergency.
- Ability to talk, listen to, and develop effective working relationships with young people, including those who may be difficult to engage or are challenging.
- Ability to set and deliver ambitious and aspirational targets for young people. A friendly, sympathetic, understanding and realistic approach, to the needs of young people, including in respect of disability and disadvantage.
- Ability to work flexible hours as required to meet young peoples needs, including some evening work and visits out of the county.
- Ability to travel effectively between locations including transporting of young people on occasion Essential Experience.
- 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.
- Experience of interagency work with young people who are homeless or have been in care.
- Experience of being directly responsible for assisting young people (caseload responsibility).
- Have worked successfully in achieving outcomes for young people under supervision.
Candidates are expected to have an enhanced DBS Disclosure (cleared in the past 3 months) or be on the Update service. Candidates are also expected to provide 2 x Professional References.
Interperm Healthcare is an equal opportunities employer please contact our Recruitment Team for further information on the role.