We're looking to recruit caring, enthusiastic, skilled, motivated and dedicated Personal Advisors to join the Future First Wandsworth Leaving Care Team. Offering some of the most competitive Personal Advisor salaries in London, we also offer some of the lowest Leaving Care caseloads in the Capital to allow you to build really fantastic relationships with the young people that you support!
Working under the requirements of the Leaving Care Act 2000 and the Social Work Act 2017, you will offer a PA service to the maximum of 22 young people that are allocated to you. You’ll work alongside the young person’s Social Worker whilst they are 16 and 17 and then take on full case responsibility when they are ready to transition to the Leaving Care Service.
Personal advisors build meaningful and supportive relationships with young people to support them into a successful independent adult life. We are looking for PAs who take a systemic and trauma informed approach to delivering the best service to our Care Experienced young people.
The role entails regular liaison with external and internal partner agencies and extremely proficient organisation and interpersonal skills. You will build positive and supporting relationships with young people which enable them to achieve their goals and succeed in their transition to independent adulthood. You’ll ensure ’keeping in touch’, Pathway Plans and suitable accommodation is maintained for all young people through regular visits and contact with them. You’ll also provide duty cover under guidance of the manager and some group work with young people so enthusiasm and a passion for supporting young people is key.
Through our Progression Panel, we offer staff who meet the criteria for progression, the opportunity to apply to become Senior Personal Advisors.
Experience of identifying safeguarding concerns and risk management is also required as they are key to the role. Another important element of the role is promotion of user involvement and feedback.
The post entails occasional travel around the UK and some limited evening work when required in line with service participants availability and duty arrangements. Working arrangements are 36 hours a week full time.
For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Nora Dudley, Service Manager by email email@example.com
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
- Close date: 11:59pm on Monday 11th July 2022
- Shortlisting date: Tuesday 12th July 2022
- Interview date/s: Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th July 2022
Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
How to apply?
To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.
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