Personal Advisor - Leaving Care Service (SO2)

Elevate Direct
17.00 GBP Hourly
15 Oct 2020
20 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Post Title and Number: Personal Advisor

Present Grade: SO2

Dept: Children's Services/Looked After Children

Service/Section/Team: LEAVING CARE SERVICE

Purpose of the Role:
To ensure that the Council meets its statutory obligations to young people leaving care and complies with all legislative, regulatory and corporate requirements
To be accountable for the provision of a statutory case work service to up to 27 young people ensuring that individual care plans are developed and implemented which meet the full range of needs
To undertake direct work with vulnerable young people, who may display difficult, challenging and aggressive behaviours, in SCS buildings, in their homes and community settings
To lead a multi-agency network around each young person and ensure that the input of all agencies eg youth offending, police, mental health and the National Asylum Seeking Service, is coordinated and effective and fulfils the agency's own statutory duties as well as the needs of the young person
To plan and deliver group work sessions for young people with specific needs
To take part in a daily duty service to provide an emergency response to any care leaver or older looked after child whose own caseworker is away from the office
To protect Council resources and ensure that services are provided within a limited budget through proactive financial planning, negotiating individual care packages and making recommendations on appropriate provision in each case

Key Accountabilities:
To work in partnership with each young person on the caseload to develop and implement statutory care plans which promote positive outcomes in all areas.
To ensure that statutory responsibly are met and evidenced on each case to meet the expectations of internal and external inspections and to protect the reputational standing of the Council
To maintain detailed, accurate and contemporaneous records of case work and financial activity
To make referrals to other agencies including adult social care, Connexions, advocacy, police, substance misuse and housing and crucially to ensure that each agency provides the required support to reach young person to minimise costs to the Council and to promote the welfare of young people.
To lead and coordinate a multi-agency planning group around each young person to ensure an holistic approach to care planning
To secure appropriate accommodation for each young person including those with extreme anti-social behaviour, mental health issues and additional vulnerability
To ensure that each young person is supported into appropriate educational, employment or training resource and that their physical and mental health is promoted
To work with the home office, solicitors and the no recourse to public fund' team to ensure that legal status issues are resolved in a speedy manner and that the Council's resources are targeted appropriately
To take part in a service duty rota which provides an emergency response to any leaving care young person whose own worker is away from the office
To make financial projection on expenditure, provide specialist welfare benefit advice and challenge housing benefit and DWP decisions where required
To complete specialist assessments for Pathway plans, pre-birth child protection issues, risk management, fair access and adult services
Carry out all accountabilities in compliance with the Council's Policies and Procedures.



Significant experience of working with vulnerable young people with a range of complex problems

Knowledge of the legislative framework around Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Experience in financial planning, monitoring and the provision of best value services

Ability to maintain electronic case records in a timely and accurate fashion in line with the Departments recording policy

Experience in user participation and an ability to develop and implement strategies to ensure that even the most hard to engage young people influence service delivery and design

Demonstrable success in partnership working for the benefit of young people

All to be tested by application and interview

Desirable Criteria

Qualification in child care/child development

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