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Adult Mental Health / Substance Misuse Support Worker

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Children’s Social Care
Work Location
Exeter & various locations across Devon 
Pupils on Roll
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Occupational group
Social Care & Health
Salary details
From: £20,092 – £22,183
Job term
Appointment type
Full Time
37 hrs per week including Evenings and Weekends
Closing Date
31 January 2021
Interview date
For an informal discussion please contact
Elizabeth Brierley
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Passionate about improving children's life chances? Join us and make sure that every Devon child, no matter where they live, receives the same high-quality service.


At Devon County Council, we are committed to supporting and helping local families in need.


Devon’s new Edge of Care Service aims to brings together a range of disciplines to work intensively and flexibly (including weekends and evenings) to provide timely and creative support to meet the complex needs of young people and their families and to prevent care being needed.


The team works intensively and holistically with families, primarily in the home, to reduce needs over time.


An introduction to the role and key responsibilities


The role of Adult Mental Health / Substance Misuse Support Worker job is to provide care and support, as specified by individual family plans, to parents and carers of young people within the Edge of Care Service, whom are experiencing a wide range of mental health and or substance misuse difficulties within the community. This role is key in developing positive relationships, with whole families within the Edge of Care service


You will work closely with families as well as with multi disciplined colleagues within the Edge of Care team. You will be required to keep accurate, up-to-date electronic records of your work, you will attend and have involvement on a wide range of meetings and interventions to support those families in need of early help.

As part of your role, you will need to be able to work flexibly including some evenings and weekends.


What sorts of skills do you need?


You should be enthusiastic and motivated to work creatively with young people, parents and care staff. This work will involve direct contact with service users so will require good communication and engagement skills and an ability to work within a dynamic multi agency team. 


An ability to listen and offer practical solutions, an honest approach, and to support and challenge is needed to enable people to make positive changes in their lives.


You would be involved in the continued development of restorative work within the service.


We are looking for applicants from a range of backgrounds with experience and passion in working with adolescents, for example, previous experience in working in PRUs, youth services, or the police.


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 our Working for Devon page.

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