How you'll make a difference

The Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service provides preventative, targeted and treatment interventions to young people in South Gloucestershire.

You will be working closely with our Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Specialists providing targeted intervention, including drug and alcohol harm reduction, at the pivotal point where a young person is facing a permanent or fixed term exclusion or managed move due to reasons associated with substance use. 

You will offer young people the best opportunity to engage and re-build relationships with schools and improve young people’s wellbeing working towards a reduction in high-risk behaviours and mental health concerns. You will help organisations become more trauma-informed and improve stability at home.

What will you be doing? 

  • You are responsible for providing direct intervention packages on a one-to-one basis with children, young people and families, some of whom will have a range of problems and challenges.
  • You will represent and support the needs of the young person you are working with, providing regular reports to share with schools and any education panels.
  • Where required, you will provide mediation, advice and guidance between the young person and the school.
  • You will work across South Gloucestershire visiting schools and homes.
  • It will be your responsibility to ensure that records and reports are maintained in accordance with service guidelines.
  • You will undertake assessments to determine the best intervention needed.
  • You will deliver presentations/groups work to young people and groups of professionals.

What we need from you

  • You will hold an NVQ3 in Social Care/Youth Work/Teaching or equivalent relevant qualification or be working towards an appropriate qualification related to the provision of services to children and young people.
  • You will have relevant experience of working in a similar service area, with children, young people or families requiring additional support.
  • You will have good IT skills, able to deliver presentations and can write reports and carry out risk assessments.
  • Due to the nature of the role, you must be able to demonstrate strong relationship building skills with hard to engage young people.
  • It is essential to demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice relating to children and young people’s services.
  • You will be required to travel widely within the authority so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car or have access to appropriate means of travel.

Please note that due to the nature of this role it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. 

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance
We value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work.  
What’s special here is the strength of the team ethos, the support and the training.  
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Ensuring all our staff are given right skills, knowledge and support to recognise and respond effectively to potential abuse or neglect. 
As part of our benefits package you will receive generous annual leave (pro rata), employee wellbeing support and you will have access to a range of staff discounts, including eye tests, travel, shopping and leisure activities.
We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.   
Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.    

  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of   
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life   
  • We're investing in our schools to ensure every child and young person in South Gloucestershire achieves their full potential.  

We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.   

We’re making a difference, be part of it!   
For more information, please contact Milla Churchill on email [email protected].
Salary will be prorated to hours worked.
This is for a limited term contract until 31 October 2024.
Interviews to take place on Wednesday 11th October 2023.

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