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Personal Advisor

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 19/07/2018 23:59
£24,657 - £27,358
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work/Care
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
19 Jul

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

You will maintain regular contact and provide practical and emotional support and advice for young people leaving Local Authority care, assisting with accommodation, education, employment and training, benefits, finance and personal relationship issues as well as helping to develop self-care skills. The post holder will carry out the role of personal advisor for some eligible children/young people, and for relevant and formerly relevant children/young people and to provide support to former care leavers identified as qualifying young people.

About the wider section/function

This post sits within Integrated Children’s Services, which is divided into:

• Preventative Services – Providing early intervention and preventative services; Children's Centres, Parenting & Family Support, Youth services, Common Assessment Framework (CAF), Troubled Families.

• Access and Response - Managing initial preventative and social care contacts for the Integrated Children’s Service – Screening and assessment including Child Protection investigations.

• Social Care Long Term – Covering Child Protection and Children in Need.

• Corporate Parenting – Comprising; Fostering & Adoption, Looked After Children and Transition to Independence.

This is a limited term contract to cover maternity leave for nine months.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

Co-ordinate the work of a team ensuring that team members have work programmes are supported and receive training and development opportunities.

Deliver inclusive personalised services to maximise service user independence ensuring that relevant legislation, codes of practice, and good practice guides are implemented and service standards are met.

Monitor and review the provision of care, care plans or reablement programmes, inputting into any changes or adjustments as necessary.

Provide personal care and support including specialist advice and guidance and advocacy on behalf of service users.

Provide information to support and improve service provision.

Liaise with contacts from different sectors, including health and voluntary sectors ensuring good communication in order to deliver an effective service.

Take necessary action in accordance with Safeguarding procedures in order to protect vulnerable people.

Maintain confidential reports and case notes, record care plans and risk assessments in accordance with professional and Council guidelines.

Make recommendations for budget spend ensuring the maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed and/or contribute to budget management

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


• Relevant qualification to NVQ3 level or equivalent, or considerable experience of working with young people in a professional environment, (e.g. residential social work)

• You will demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice; processes and procedures.

• You will be able to apply knowledge in challenging situations.

• You will have good interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to build relationships and engage successfully with colleagues and service users.

• You will have some financial experience or training to monitor budgets.

• You will have some experience of supervising staff

• You will have a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in-house software packages

• Exemplifying the Council's values and behaviours.


• Diploma in Social Work

Additional Information

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.

The contact details are: Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD
Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle: If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

For an informal discussion once you have read the Job Summary, please contact Chris Good, Transitions to Independence Manager 01454 866239

Salary: £24,657 - £27,358
Hours: 37.00

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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