Young Persons Practitioner (5610)

Haddington, East Lothian 
Circa £22,000
37 Hours – Full-Time, Nightshift (Part time hours are also available, minimum of 20hrs - 2 shifts per week)

Giving children and young people the foundations they need to thrive.

The role

New Horizons provides residential housing support to young people; aged 16-25 years referred by East Lothian Housing Department as homeless or threatened with homelessness. The Service seeks to support young people to prepare for more independent living working with residents on a range of issues e.g. budgeting, food preparation and safe storage, household chores and practical skills, managing neighbourhood relations and disputes, accessing specialist services and employability.

We are looking for a Young Person Practitioner who can engage with young people providing structured and focused housing support to assist young people to gain the skills to live more independently or sustain their accommodation in the community. This support may be provided as a 1:1 or as small focused group work. 

Our shifts are generally 10pm - 8am with alternative weekends off.  If you are applying for PT hours, can you please specify this in your application form so it is clear to us what hours you are applying for.

You will make a difference by:

-Building working relationships with multi-agency partners from the statutory and voluntary sectors to deliver the best outcomes for young people, including ELC Housing Department, benefits agencies, specialist health services, employment and training providers.

-Supporting young people to engage with local agencies and organisations which assists them to sustain their accommodation and place within the community e.g. accessing leisure activities, GP and health services. 

-Ensuring that the Service complies with all Action for Children and East Lothian Council Standards and Procedures and with regard to case file recording / paperwork, incident and accident reporting, safeguarding and health and safety. Practitioners will use Action for Children e-systems to identify needs, interventions and the Outcome Star to measure and record outcomes.

You will need:

- SVQ3 or equivalent or a desire to work towards this in the first year of employment, to enable registration to the SSSC as a worker in Housing Support.

- Experience of working within a multi-agency social care, early years or health environment and applying safeguarding procedures.

- Involvement of managing cases, in accordance with agreed procedures and completing assessments, planning and reviews to ensure positive outcomes.

- Working knowledge of an outcome based approach to planning, delivering and reviewing services.

- Producing concise and accurate reports to agreed standards, formats and timelines, which may be used ultimately for formal reviews.


The way we work

We work to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team. Have a look at our behaviours and values to understand more about the way we work here.


We want our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us, we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, a comprehensive employer-matched pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts on our dedicated benefits portal. Find out more about our exclusive Action for Children benefits here.

For safe and happy childhoods

At Action for Children, we protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support, ensuring their voices are heard, and campaigning to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children and families across the UK.

For more information, please contact Lynsey.Munro@actionforchildren.org.uk in our recruitment team.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

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East Lothian New Horizons Hsg Service
2 Florabank Road, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3LJ
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    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    12 August 2021
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