Are you a creative and motivated person looking to build meaningful relationships with young people within a well-established and skilled team?
Are you looking to make a real difference by working in partnership with young people and their networks to reduce substance use and promote wellbeing?
Are you looking for a rewarding, varied role where each day can offer diversity, challenge and success?
Fixed term for: Three years
Interview date: 20th - 21st October
For an informal discussion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 07834115070
About the role
BHCC Adolescent Service is pleased to announce that we have created five new posts within our Substance Use and Health Service. The posts sit within our already well developed, professional and collaborative team, RU-Ok? This skilled and well-established team provides a vital service to young people and their families within the city by working directly with young people whose life is being affected by substance use and other concerns such as sexual health, mental health and exploitation. RU-Ok? work in partnership with other teams in our service such as Youth Offending and Functional Family Therapy Teams as well as community organisations to support a wide number of young people across the city.
We are looking to recruit motivated, reflective, creative practitioners who are committed to building strength-based relationships with young people. Our model of practice focuses on creating relationships with young people and their network, to build intervention plans with the young people being at the forefront of how the interventions are undertaken and reviewed. We are looking for people who enjoy working with adolescent aged young people, who can use their skills and knowledge to deliver evidenced-based structured interventions and be part of service development.
You will need to be committed to playing a part in dismantling racist structures and challenging racial inequality and all forms of discrimination – this is a lead focus of BHCC Adolescent Service and something that each team within the service is actively working to address through individual and collective learning and development.
As a Young Person and Family Practitioner with RU-OK? you will work closely with partner agencies, most notably social work; well-being services and schools, to identify and meet children & young people's needs around substance use. The multi-disciplinary nature of the Adolescent Service allows the substance use & sexual health team to work alongside professionals from youth offending, mental health, family therapy and social work teams.
We take a creative and innovative approach in responding to young people's needs, focussing on the effectiveness of trusting relationships, particularly with those young people with experience of trauma and attachment difficulties. This can require workers to utilise their skills and knowledge in undertaking tasks which sit outside traditional specialist roles. We believe in a "Team Around the Worker" model, which involves our workers receiving or offering specialist support and guidance within complex helping networks.
The post holder will work directly with young people and their networks to deliver evidenced-based intervention, as well as working with education settings and in partnership with other statuary and community agencies to deliver substance-use intervention. You will also work directly with parents and carers who need advice and support relating to their child’s substance use, this will include parents and carers for young people who are not themselves engaged with work around their substance use.
The other role is concentrating on "participation" and will work closely with young people to grow and develop both the RU-OK? offer and the wider offer of the Adolescent Service. You will take a lead in working collaboratively with young people who are experienced of working with RU-OK? to create vibrant and meaningful working relationships that can be utilised to expand our growth, knowledge, and service development. Working in collaboration with service experienced young people you will create a culture of learning and participation to bring about change for how other young people and families experience intervention around substance use and connected concerns such as exploitation and mental health.
Our service is committed to ensuring equality of provision and we are proud to work within Brighton & Hove, which has pledged to be an anti-racist council.
You will have knowledge or experience of working with adolescents and/or families including experience and knowledge of risk assessment, safeguarding procedures and child development. For full details of essential criteria, please see attached job description and person specification.
At Brighton & Hove City Council we offer staff a range of benefits. If you choose to work for us, in return we can offer you:
- A competitive salary
- Career average pension scheme
- Generous holiday (23 days rising to 25 days after 5 years)
- An opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills
- A range of other staff benefits
Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
All positions are full-time– based at our central Brighton office. We operate a hybrid style of working; we are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our young people. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee’s work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements and agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.