1. Context and Purpose of the Job
Hold an allocated caseload and be responsible for the provision of direct services to care leavers. Personal Advisors will be responsible for managing some complex and high risk cases and delivering high quality practice in all allocated cases to improve outcomes for young people 18 years – 24 years old and ensure a multi-agency approach to supporting vulnerable young people by working to national legislation, policy and guidance within London Borough of Barnet procedures and team/service plan objectives and standards. To be responsible for recording all activity on ICS accurately and in a timely manner so that departmental records are consistently correct and all activity can be properly accounted for.
Complete Pathway Assessments and Plans and provide practical and supportive services based on those assessed needs, subsequent plans and risk manage complex cases held. Provide individual personal support and advocacy to young people based on an assessment of their learning and personal development needs. Negotiate by agreement to refer young people to partner agencies for on-going support.
The young people will have a wide range of strengths, difficulties and challenges. Some will be self-motivated, pro-active and require less support than others but with many challenges for the Personal Advisor to support with. Other Care Leavers will require a high level of support and risk management. There will be occasions where language barriers, anger management issues, mental health conditions and lack of engagement will be encountered. Therefore Personal Advisors should possess the ability to work alone as well as part of the team, be pro-active as well as creative and be able to respond to shifting dynamics, levels of need and risk in all circumstances.
2. Key accountabilities/duties/responsibilities:
The seven key roles of a Personal Advisor are to:
• engage with young people to identify and address their needs, strengths and risks, complete Pathway Plans, offering information, advice, guidance, risk management and support on learning and career options and personal development opportunities, with a view to raising the aspirations and outcomes of each young person;
• to motivate, promote and sustain life quality improvements with each young person via creative direct work and utilising appropriate agencies and other linked professionals;
• work with and support education and training organisations and employers in meeting the needs of young people;
• develop and/or use a network of voluntary, statutory and community agencies, and commercial bodies to ensure a coherent approach to support for the young person;
• work with parents, carers and families to support young people in accessing learning and other personal development opportunities;
• manage information effectively to facilitate the process of meeting the needs and risks of young people;
• review and reflect upon own individual professional practice to achieve continuous improvement and actively engage and respond to monthly key performance data requirements
You will need to undertake these duties within agreed service objectives, policies and procedures including the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy.
Pay rate: £25.01 per hour umbrella
Three to six months contract with view to extend or make permanent