To act as Personal Advisor for young people leaving care (both indigenous and who are or were Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children) to provide support, advice and assistance to enable young people to maximise education, training, work and accommodation opportunities for young people between ages 18 and 25.
To provide individual personal support and advocacy to young people based on assessment of their learning and personal development needs and the negotiation and agreement of learning and personal development plans
To fulfil the requirements of the Children Act 1989 with relevant guidance and regulations; Planning transition to adulthood for care leavers under Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000, Volume 3: revised in Jan 2015; Children and Families Act 2014 and Children and Social Work Act 2017.
To be fully engaged in the production and subsequent review of the pathway plan as prescribed by the Children (Leaving Care Act 2000).
To be solely allocated to care leavers’ cases within the Looked After Children and Permanency Service. This will involve carrying out assessments of need, Pathway Plans for Eligible, Relevant and Former relevant young people and providing practical and supportive services based on those assessments, within the London Borough of Brent’s policies and procedures.
To plan and deliver group work sessions for young people with specific needs
To take part in a daily duty service to provide an emergency response to any care leaver or older looked after child whose own caseworker is away from the office
To lead a multi-agency network around each young person and ensure that the input of all agencies e.g. youth offending, police, mental health and the National Asylum Seeking Service, is coordinated and effective and fulfils the agency’s own statutory duties as well as the needs of the young person
To carry out specific tasks and duties in relation to complex cases of young people aged 16 and 17 where the case responsibility is held by an allocated social worker.
To undertake these duties within agreed departmental service objectives, policies and procedures and to promote the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy
To ensure that case notes/pathway plans or other relevant information such as ID documents are regularly updated on our IT systems.
To protect Council resources and ensure that services are provided within a limited budget through proactive financial planning, negotiating individual care packages and making recommendations on appropriate provision in each case.
Engage with young people to identify and address their needs, complete Pathway Plans, offering information, advice, guidance and support on learning and career options and personal development opportunities, with a view to raising the aspirations of each young person.
To assist the young person with their transition into permanent housing including those with extreme anti-social behaviour, mental health issues and additional vulnerability
To make referrals to voluntary, community or statutory agencies such as adult social care, Connexions, advocacy, police, substance misuse and housing and crucially to ensure that each agency provides the required support to reach young person to minimise costs to the Council and to promote the welfare of young people.
To maintain detailed, accurate and contemporaneous records of case work and financial activity
To ensure that statutory responsibly are met and evidenced on each case to meet the expectations of internal and external inspections.
To ensure that each young person is supported into appropriate educational, employment or training resource and that their physical and mental health is promoted
To work with the home office, solicitors and the ‘no recourse to public fund’ team to ensure that legal status issues are resolved in a speedy manner and that the Council’s resources are targeted appropriately
Provide structured and individual support to young people using the Pathway Planning process to create an individual plan with agreed personal development targets.
Actively engage young people in decision making about their future choices and enable their development into effective adults by providing impartial support, advice and guidance.
Manage a caseload of young people, regularly review their progress and assess the level of support required through regular review of pathway plans.
To provide young people with practical advice in relation to budgeting, preparing for independence, safe care/sexual health advice and household management and to provide basic rights welfare advice etc.
Develop a thorough understanding of available local provision and make appropriate referrals.
To respond appropriately to young people in times of crisis.
To maintain awareness of current legislative requirements as relating to care leavers and to participate in relevant training.
Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility and all employees are required to act in such a way that at all times safeguards the health and well being of children and vulnerable adults. This may sometime require completing or contributing to specialist assessments for such as, pre-birth assessments, risk management, fair access and adult services
Carry out duties with due regard to the Council’s Customer Care, Equal Opportunities, Information Governance, Data Protection and Health and Safety policies and procedures.
Undertake any other duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility of this post