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Young People's Supported Accommodation Support Worker OCC54655

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Salary range: £27,741 - £30,451 per annum
Work location: Countywide, Oxfordshire
Hours per week: 37 – we are open to discussions about flexible working
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: Sunday 7th March 2021
Interview date: Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th March 2021
Vetting requirements: 
This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. 
Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview. 
This is an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of the development of this new area of service to deliver a YPSA service which achieves positive outcomes for young people. 


About us


Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) is remodelling the services it offers to Young People aged 16-24 years who are or are at risk of becoming homeless. Whilst there are still a number of Young People's Supported Accommodation (YPSA) services which are being commissioned, the services for 16- and 17-year olds will now be delivered in-house by OCC. This service will prepare young people for independence through supporting them to develop skills, access employment, education or training and reconnecting them with family members (where safe).


The service will be part of our existing Residential Edge of Care service which has dedicated teams within it, including a Clinical team, Crisis team, Residential Homes and a centre for outdoor learning. We will provide an extensive training package and reflective practice sessions to support staff to deliver high quality interventions.


About the role


You will contribute to the development of the new service for young people at risk of homelessness across Oxfordshire.  
You will be required:


  1. To monitor and assess children and young people's needs, including taking appropriate actions to address emerging safeguarding concerns, in line with the organisations safeguarding and need to know polices.
  2. To be aware of the mechanisms, within OCC for escalating safeguarding concerns and arrangements for reporting children as missing.
  3. To cover for colleagues in all areas across the county as required.
  4. To lone work, the role will also require working a rota that includes evenings, weekends and bank Holidays.  In addition, staff will be required to sleep in as the need arises.
  5. Undertake visits, observations and meetings and record them on electronic systems to the agreed standard and within agreed timescales. 
  6. To support cases for children and young people in conjunction with social workers and other professionals and lead on behalf of services delivered through the YPSA service.  
  7. To undertake direct work and interventions with children and young people and support to parents/carers in promoting welfare of their children. 
  8. To work with allocated cases.
  9. Supporting and arranging work that leads to successful transition of children from YPSA services. 
  10. To work flexibly with other professionals to deliver a 'Team Around the Young Person' approach, in order to secure successful outcomes.
  11. To plan and deliver evidence-based interventions delivered in a range of settings (including outreach support) and undertaking risk assessments to ensure safe delivery of intervention.
  12. To develop local community knowledge and links to ensure best outcomes for children, young people and their families.
  13. To work in an integrated way with other professionals across services, including the co-delivery of services where appropriate. 
  14. To contribute to statutory processes as required. 


About you


You will be as passionate as we are about working with young people, giving them opportunities and providing them and their families with support and placing the young people at the centre of decision-making. 


Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.
We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.


Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Katie Sillence, YPSA Team Manager (07551 680653) or Emma Boswell, YPSA Area Service Manager (07711 117445). 


Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.
If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form on the Home Page.



Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 


All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.


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