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Advice And Support Officer 2
Young People | 1 CRO |£13.69 per hour (incl. of Holiday Pay) | 3-4 months | Job Ref: BD8304 | Posted: 22/11/2022

Central is currently recruiting for two Advice and Support Officers to work in the Croydon area. The service provides supported accommodation to young people aged 16-21, who may have high complex needs including mental health issues, to equip them with the skills to live independently.

The successful candidate will be required to work 37.5 hours per week, working across Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5:30PM. Please note, there is a requirement to work one evening a week (1PM - 9PM). This role is offered on a temp to perm basis. The pay rate for this role is £11.95 per hour, with £1.74 holiday pay, totalling £13.69 per hour.

In this position, you will be expected to;
- Hold a caseload of approximately 8-10 young people and conduct regular key working sessions resulting in agreed Support Plans
- Complete comprehensive risk and needs assessments
- Support the young people with life skills and encourage them to engage in activities that will build confidence and prepare them for the future
- Ensure the preparation of, or to prepare rooms for, new service users and liaise with the Housing Officer where repairs, decorating and refurbishment for renewals are required
- Be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of the young people, ensuring that the environment in which they live is free from harm and neglect
- Support the service user in the process of applying for Housing Benefit and any other relevant benefits and tenancy agreement
- Advise the young person on how to maintain their tenancy/license agreement and consequences should they breach it
- Actively ensure the security of the building through visual inspection, regular Health and Safety checks and the reviewing of the CCTV system when appropriate

Please note, this role involves loneworking.

To apply for this role, you must have:
- Experience working with young people in a Supported Housing setting
- Experience of supporting young and vulnerable people to improve their life skills, confidence and well being
- Experience of supporting young people to achieve the outcomes as described in the Every Child Matters green paper
- Knowledge and understanding of Housing Law, specifically Supported Housing legislation, including rents and tenancy agreements
- Knowledge of the welfare benefits system including universal credit and housing benefit
- Experience of developing and maintaining Support Plans and Risk Assessments
- Knowledge of Child Protection/Children's Act 1989 and of safeguarding practices
- Ability to assess and make appropriate decisions about the specific needs of young people for referral or sign posting to appropriate services
- Ability to manage challenging behaviour of young and vulnerable people

Candidates must confirm their interest as soon as possible, with interviews scheduled shortly after and the appointed candidate expected to start as soon as possible.

How to apply:

If you feel that you fully meet the above outlined criteria for this role and would like to apply for this post, please either forward your CV for consideration to work@centralcare.co.uk or upload it below.

*Please note the above outlined experience is the 'minimum' first stage criteria for this role, we will therefore be unable to consider your application unless you are able to demonstrate a relevant work history in line with this position.

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