Personal Advisor - Homelessness Specialist - Working for Essex
Salary: £27,203 - £31,370 Per Annum
Closing date: 21 Jun 2021
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 1932
Role: Social Care
About the role

Personal Advisor - Homelessness Specialist

Fixed Term, Full Time

£27,203 - £31,370 Per Annum

Location: Colchester

This is a full time 12 month Fixed Term Contract or Secondment from the date the appointment starts.


In ECC we are “Serious about Social Work”. Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn’t enough, Essex has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and also, the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.

Our Personal Advisors work alongside Social Workers to support young people who are “Looked After” (in care) and due to leave care, and those who have recently left. Their role is to consider all the important component parts that make up their individual lives to maximize their life opportunities and reach their full potential.

This position is a specialist position that will focus on preventing and reducing homelessness for care leavers.


Key Accountabilities

  • To work alongside the allocated worker to support, facilitate, negotiate appropriate accommodation.
  • To give practical, personal and emotional support to children, young people in order to meet assessed need; to maintain and promote their health, physical, emotional development and well-being. This may include domestic tasks and transporting where necessary.
  • To specifically support and advise young people leaving care in key areas including Health, Benefits, Education, Training, Employment, Accommodation/Housing and personal well-being.
  • To facilitate, directly and indirectly the assessment of need, engaging with the ongoing monitoring and reassessment of need, engaging with the ongoing monitoring and reassessment of need over time.
  • To identify and support Young people to overcome barriers to learning.
  • To enable and empower young people to make decisions in their lives and to self-advocate
  • To advocate on behalf of young people who do not have the skills to do this.
  • To facilitate the construction of a Pathway Plan, from the assessment which establishes a viable response to established need over time.
  • To develop Personal Action Plans with Young People.
  • To encourage young people not only to fully engage with developing their individual plans, but to participate in the development of the service as a whole.
  • To be prepared to work in a variety of ways, apart from direct work with individuals, for example in groups, running “Drop ins” etc.
  • To work alongside colleagues both within Social Services and from other agencies, and to engage with significant people in the young person’s life (members of the family, community etc).
  • To support young people through times of major transitions from childhood to adulthood and to take responsibility.
  • To liaise with others involved to ensure that assessed needs are met within the agreed plans for the child or young person and in a timely way.
  • To build up effective interagency networks to have an understanding of voluntary and statutory agencies and an awareness of opportunities within the Local Community.
  • To maintain records and write reports as required in accordance with Directorate policy and procedures.
  • To carry out a range of practical tasks to assist young people with both planned and unplanned activities.
  • To attend meetings as required by the Line Manager, e.g. Reviews, Planning Meetings etc.
  • To maintain an awareness of relevant information and resources that may assist children, young people and their carers.
  • To keep abreast of practice developments through reading and attending training courses.
  • To be aware of and act within the Essex Child Protection Guidelines.


Please note Personal Advisors/Project Workers will not:

  • Have an allocated caseload.
  • Be named as key worker in a Child Protection case.
  • Have sole responsibility for assessment and review – they should contribute to assessment, undertake specific assessment tasks and monitor identified issues in conjunction with social work staff.
  • Work in an unsupported or unprotected way.


Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Have achieved NVQ level 3 that relates to children and young people
  • Experience of working in a supportive relationship, with young people
  • Experience in working creatively with in various ways young people including young parents
  • Previous work experience in either a paid or voluntary capacity working with children, young people and families
  • Experience in collaborating with other professionals and agencies for the benefit of the client
  • Experience of housing, employment and training issues for young people
  • Knowledge of Adolescents and adolescent issues
  • A commitment to working relationships which promote and support the clients’ developing independence
  • A commitment to one’s own personal and professional development
  • Be able to work as part of a team and be flexible
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Full driving licence and the use of a car or access to a driver and vehicle for work purposes

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Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 08:30 - 16:30.