The 18+ Care Leavers service is a growing service that provides support to the Local Authorities Care Leavers. Kent County Council is a large authority and so this service is based at two sites at either end of the county, at Thistley Hill in Dover and Worrall House in West Malling.
The 18+ Care Leavers Service requires Personal Advisers for a number of its teams at both ends of the county to work with both Citizen and Asylum-Seeking Care leavers, to provide assistance, advice, encouragement and support to Care Leavers in their transition to Adulthood. You will be required to manage a case load of young people to ensure they actively participate and contribute to their Pathway Planning process to enable them to move successfully into adulthood and independent living. The post embodies the Local Authorities commitment to Care leavers to act as their corporate parent to help them reach their potential.
Our care leavers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, so you’ll need to be flexible with your time and imaginative in your approach to help them achieve the best possible outcomes. You’ll need to be very organised and capable of balancing priorities, including the need to carefully record your work and provide good planning which reflects the aspirations of the young people you’ll be supporting. You’ll need to build close working relationships with colleagues in other agencies as part of a wider network and advocate on their behalf to ensure their needs are met. The Service was rated as “Good” at it last Ofsted inspection and is striving to be “Outstanding”.
You will be well supported with regular 1:1 supervision, Team practice and reflections meetings and colleagues who are passionate about what they do.
It is essential that you have the ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day to support Care Leavers. This can be within Kent and Medway and on some occasions outside of Kent. Being able to work flexibly with your hours is also a requirement as on occasion, you may need to support a Care Leaver into the evening.
This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.
This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Stephen Holland, Team Manager - 03000 419242
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Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.