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REACH Family Practitioner

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Organisation
DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL
Business/Department
Children’s Social Care
Work Location
South Devon & County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon   EX2 4QD
Pupils on Roll
Pupils on Roll
Reference
REC/19/05603
Occupational group
Social Care & Health
Salary details
£23,369 - £26,317 (pro-rata)
Job term
Fixed Term
Appointment type
Part Time
Hours
18.5 hours per week
Closing Date
03 October 2019
Interview date
17 October 2019
For an informal discussion please contact
Nick Meller on 07971953220 or Jenny Harris on 07817170396
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Devon Children’s Services have made it a priority to protect children and young people who go missing from home and care and who are vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation and wider exploitation.  This is an exciting opportunity for a positive and forward thinking person to join the REACH Team.  The team supports young people who are reported missing or who may be at risk of CSE and wider exploitation.

This is a fixed term position for Maternity cover from 16  December 2019 and would end September 11 2020.

You will be required to help fulfil the Local Authority’s statutory responsibility to offer Return Home Interviews to young people who have been reported missing.  You will develop an understanding of the issues affecting young people and the reasons why they go missing.  You will provide direct support to young people and their families in order to reduce the risk of future missing episodes. For example, this may include working on a one-to-one basis with family members around negotiation and conflict resolution.

You will be a skilled practitioner who will have experience of working directly with young people and families and will have an understanding of young people who are at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation and wider exploitation.

You will be emotionally resilient with the confidence to work under pressure and will have a proven ability to develop trusting relationships with young people and their families, whilst being able to maintain professional boundaries. You will be undertaking direct work with young people from a range of backgrounds, who may present as challenging or reluctant to accept support. Therefore you will need to be persistent, enthusiastic and creative in your approach.  

You will be skilled at developing and maintaining relationships with professionals from a range of services and will have experience of multi-agency working.  You will have a proven record of being able to manage your time, maintain accurate records and preferably have experience of lone working arrangements.   You will possess excellent communication, engagement and risk assessment skills and will be able to develop meaningful plans for intervention. You will have an excellent understanding of Devon County Council’s safeguarding procedures and your responsibilities when working with vulnerable young people and their families.

You will have the ability to work with groups of young people and be confident to deliver preventative interventions within a range of settings.

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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This role requires a DBS disclosure.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.

For more information about Working for Devon please visit the Working for Devon webpages.

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