The Personal Advisor (Housing Specialist) will support Personal Advisors and Care Leavers within the 18+ service, who require additional support to address their accommodation and independent living needs, with a focus on those at risk of homelessness.
This post is funded by the Rough Sleeping Grant with funds from the Department for Education. Consideration will be given to anyone who is able to be seconded to this post.
For further information or an informal discussion about this role please contact:
Bob Uden, Leaving Care Manager
Telephone: 01273 295423 / 07870 168947
Fixed-Term for 12 months
This role is available as a secondment to internal candidates in line with current policy.
Interview date: 5th April 2023
About the role
The personal advisors in the team provide vital support and advice to our Care Leavers during their transition from living in care to adult life.
It’s an exciting time to be join this team, who are a deeply committed group of staff - they are passionate about ensuring this cohort of care leavers are offered the best opportunities possible to:
- engage in education, training and employment opportunities
- acquire budgeting and life skills
- maintain their accommodation and secure housing
- live a healthy lifestyle and access health services
- make positive use of community and leisure services
- promote family and friendship links
- be aware of their responsibilities as citizens
Brighton and Hove Council are recruiting a Leaving Care Team Personal Advisor (Accommodation Specialist) to join our Leaving Care Team to help ensue all our care leavers are living in suitable accommodation.
The Personal Advisor (Accommodation Specialist) will support Personal Advisors and Care Leavers within the 18+ service, who require additional support to address their accommodation and independent living needs, with a focus on those at risk of homelessness.
This role will focus on those Care Leavers at high risk of homelessness and will address the factors that are placing them most at this risk. The Personal Advisor (Accommodation Specialist) will be expected to keep up-to-date with government guidance and regulations in relation to accommodation, as well as all involved processes and resources, to facilitate the delivery of expert advice on all areas of accommodation options.
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 upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it 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 (Supporting statement 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.
We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
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.