Job Ref: WE1062
Area(s): North West England
Based: Gregory's Place, 69 Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6ES
Full Time: 37 hours per week
Maternity Leave Cover
Salary: £26832 - £33758 p.a.
The main aims of the service are to work with young people to support them to make the transition from teenager in care to young adult who has left care. Patience and perseverance are crucial, as is aiming high for each and every individual and recognising all have potential in some form or another. More specifically, the aim with each young person is to try to ensure:
- That they are living in stable, suitable accommodation.
- That they have maximised their sources of income and can budget money without perpetual crisis.
- That they are in employment/training/education or have some realistic plan in this regard for the future.
- That they are registered with primary health care service and know how to access specialist health care services whenever appropriate.
- That they have some leisure/social interests.
- That they have established some networks of support in the community.
Essential Additional Criteria (to be evidenced in conjunction with Generic Person Specification and Job Description competencies)
- Knowledge of the legislative framework as is relevant to care leavers and associated statutory guidance.
- Ability to manage competing demands and prioritise appropriately.
- Ability to engage with a potentially hard to reach cohort of young people in a solution focused way achieving positive outcomes.
- Ability to identify and access community resources and support young people to access them.
Initial Specific Responsibilities
The aim of the CLIMB service is to provide care leavers with intensive levels of support so that they avoid reaching a crisis in their lives. The identification of care leavers to be supported and the early intervention approach will be crucial to minimising the number of care leavers who reach this crisis point. Based on the experience of providing the service to care leavers in Manchester it is expected that there are between 50 to 75 young people who would fit the criteria for accessing the service in any one year.
The service is aimed at those young people who are seen as having the greatest needs and present with a range of complex issues, examples of these will include:
- Mental health and emotional well-being, including those with a clinical diagnosis.
- Young people with substance misuse issues.
- Care leavers who are within the criminal justice system or are at risk of becoming involved in it.
The service employs workers with a range of skills and knowledge linked to issues such as mental health, drugs, alcohol, youth justice, housing and homelessness and other issues that impact on the lives of young people. This ensures that they are able to provide targeted support at short notice.
There is a strong emphasis on liaison with accommodation providers, including those who provide emergency accommodation, supported accommodation and those offering a floating support service, the provision of stable supported accommodation is seen as crucial to addressing the needs of young care leavers.
This is a new initiative developed as a result of Barnardo's experience of delivering the leaving care service in Manchester which recognises the support needs of a particular cohort of young people that are not being fully met currently. You will be part of a newly formed team being employed to address the issues that young people present with which were highlighted earlier.
There is no formal qualification needed, applicants will need to demonstrate they can meet the requirements of the person specification and the additional essential criteria listed in this document earlier, the provision of work practice examples is encouraged to show knowledge and experience of work undertaken.
Closing Date: 16/02/2018
Interview Date(s): 27.02.18