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The Children's Society

Social Care Link Role

Job Type

Permanent

Region

South East

Salary

Location

£29,855

Posted Date

10 June 2024

Essex

Closing Date

16 June 2024

We wish to recruit a Social Care Link Worker to join our established Essex Young Peoples Drug and Alcohol Team (EYPDAS) supporting young people aged 8-24 who are using or misusing substances.

You will provide direct therapeutic support to vulnerable young people, vulnerable adults and families who are affected by substance use. Support offered will include one to one, targeted group work & online support across the County. You may also facilitate training around substances for statutory and voluntary agencies across the County.  You will link closely with Social Care to ensure effective pathways into the drug treatment system for young people, parents and carers.

The young people will require a skilled practitioner who is experienced in working with hard to reach, vulnerable young people at risk and using trauma informed therapeutic approaches. You will have experience of facilitating groups with knowledge of the issues and legislation affecting young people who are using or misusing substances. 

What we are looking for...

- You will have substantial experience in working with vulnerable young people either in a paid or unpaid capacity. To be able to evidence your ability to build positive relationships with groups of young people to raise awareness about substance use and the associated risks and impact. 
- You will have experience of carrying out individual and group work interventions with young people & adults. 
- You will have experience in using Microsoft Office Applications and other relevant data systems.  
- You can demonstrate the ability to work on your own initiative as well as be able to contribute to a multi-agency approach so as to enable effective interventions with young people, including delivering training to a range of professionals. 

As well as a strong commitment to your development, we offer a generous holiday entitlement, a contributory stakeholder pension, childcare vouchers and flexible working. 

The Children’s Society runs over 100 local services that help thousands of young people who desperately need our support, and we campaign to get laws and policies changed to make young people’s lives happier and safer.  

The Children’s Society is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with.  As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.  We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practices across our services. 

Candidates applying for work in our Youth Impact Domain will be required to complete an “Employment history" form, which will be emailed to shortlisted candidates prior to interview.  

The closing date for applications is the 16th June 2024. If after 14 days, we have received enough applications we reserve the right to close the vacancy from 24th May 2024 onwards.

Interviews to be held face to face on 25th June (all day) and 26th (AM).

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