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Job Details: Key Worker - Platform Gateshead

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Key Worker - Platform Gateshead
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Renwick Court - Gateshead NE8 2SY
This post is for a keyworker to work within the Young Peoples Substance Misuse Service at Platform Gateshead. The service delivers psychosocial interventions (CBT, Motivational Interviewing, family work, specialist harm reduction, and relapse prevention) and group work to address drug and alcohol use and associated issues for young people within the Borough of Gateshead. You will be joining a dedicated and dynamic team who believe in innovation and developing the service in line with the needs of young people.

Main duties and responsibilities:
  • To maintain targets and key performance indicators as defined by the service specification, Service Delivery Unit and as instructed by the Project Manager.
  • To perform a Key Worker role to deliver interventions (CBT, Motivational Interviewing, family work, specialist harm reduction, and relapse prevention) at Tier 2 / 3 to address drug and alcohol use and associated issues for young people within the Borough of Gateshead. 
  • To promote health improvements and contribute to the reduction of risk taking behaviour of the young people engaging with the service.
  • To work in line and support the implementation of Care Quality Commission (CQC) requirements and other relevant Humankind frameworks.
  • Provide support in a variety of settings for young people including in the home, schools and community settings.
  • Liaise and work in partnership with other agencies and organisations with Gateshead including for example LAC, Children and Young People Services, Youth Offending Team, Early Help Team and Gateshead Safer Communities. To establish and work within existing networks, attending relevant meetings for young people and to represent the service.
  • Provide written and verbal reports as required.
  • To be prepared to work both innovatively and creatively as required.
  • To be prepared to work flexibly as required, including some evening and weekend work.
  • To ensure effective case management recording which is in line with Humankind record keeping policy. 
  • To contribute to the development of the project.
  • Improve the quality and coverage of specialist drug and alcohol treatment for the young people who experience the most serious harm in line with Nice Guidelines to ensure safeguarding.
  • Make significant contribution to practice and quality development in the team and the Service Delivery Unit.
  • Increase the awareness and knowledge of parent and carers developing their skills to manage issues associated with their children’s substance misuse.
  • Ensure that all recording and information systems are maintained, and deadlines met in relation to NDMTS and YPOR, and to provide this information to the administrator and PM to support reporting systems.
  • To work as part of a team, attend staff meetings, participate in staff training and development, supervision sessions and participate in the activity of the Service Delivery Unit.
  • To report all problems to the Project Manager as soon as possible.
  • To maintain an awareness of relevant legislation, practice and research as required within the Service Delivery unit.
  • To work within Humankind’s Charter of Service Standards and Policies.
  • To undertake any other duties as deemed to be within the spirit of the post
Person Specification - Essential criteria:
  • Significant experience of working with young people
  • Experience of drug and alcohol-related work
  • Knowledge and experience of Every Child Matters agenda and the Common Assessment Framework
  • Effective communication skills
  • Effective time management
  • An understanding of the problems associated with substance misuse 
  • Knowledge of drug issues and relevant legislation
  • Good written skill, including the recording of accurate information and report writing
  • Knowledge of safeguarding legislation
  • Ability to network effectively
  • Able to work flexible hours including some weekends
  • Experience of delivering psychosocial interventions
  • Experience of one-to-one support work
  • Experience of Outreach work with young people
Person Specification - Desirable criteria:
  • Level 3 qualification in drugs and alcohol
  • Current driving licence and the use of a car
  • Experience of family work
  • IT skills
  • Ability to develop and deliver training packages
Candidates will be recruited within the advertised range, please did not automatically expect initial recruitment to be at the top end, as this will depend on experience and enables progression in role through the Humankind development process.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address you provide on your application form. We will contact shortlisted candidates by email to confirm the arrangements for interview. Please check your email inbox after the closing date for notification as you will not be notified by any other means. Please remember to check your junk folder.

Due to the current restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, interviews will be via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Per Annum
Up to 32 days Annual Leave per year
Competitive company pension scheme with employer contributions
Life Assurance Scheme
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