Specialist Drug and Alcohol Worker - Young People Ref: 18/86

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£20,013.00 - £24,182


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Has your understanding of the issues and range of interventions to achieve positive outcomes for young drug users’ lives been gained working with young people with complex needs or in crisis? Would you like to be part of an organisation that counts on the professionalism, insight, expertise and passion of its staff to inspire individual recovery for the people they work with? Then join us as a specialist drug & alcohol worker.

Recovery Focus is a new group of expert charities with the shared aim to inspire individual recovery nationwide. Between us we have a track record of more than 200 years of developing and running personalised services that work with people with mental health, substance misuse and other complex needs to achieve their ambitions. Each partner organisation has its own rich history of success, but together we believe we can lead the way in evidence-based recovery pathways, tailored to meet local and individual needs.

Right now, one of our partners, Aquarius Action Projects, is looking for a specialist drug & alcohol worker to join their team. Aquarius helps people overcome the harm caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling. They work closely with individuals, families and friends to lessen the impact caused by the behaviour of a loved one. But it’s only possible with the help of people like you.

You’ll provide services to young people through targeted specialist interventions in partnership with other agencies in Oxfordshire. As well as delivering a range of substance misuse and related services, we’ll rely on you to provide advice, information, training and interventions to young people and their carers. Undertaking structured group work sessions, as well as one to ones, will be key, as will assessing and prioritising each individual’s support needs. And, all the while, we’ll expect you to promote choice and the wellbeing and protection of individuals using the Common Assessment Framework (locally referred to as the Early Help Assessment).

To succeed, you'll need proven experience of working with the client group and liaising effectively with a variety of people and organisations. Familiarity with assessment processes and interventions is essential too, as is a working knowledge of drug and alcohol misuse, particularly with young people between 11 and 19 years. You will also understand the impact that familial substance misuse has on children and young people and be able to support them in a coordinated approach to improve their health and wellbeing.

Compassionate, professional and non-judgmental, you have excellent written and oral communication skills and a real commitment to diversity and equality practices. A full current driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes is also required, together with the ability to work flexible across the county, including some evenings and weekends.

*Progression of salary to £27,593 is applicable to this role dependant on the successful candidate holding or attaining a relevant NVQ qualification with accredited DANOS units

The successful candidate will be expected to work regularly across the county and will be required to hold a driving licence and have access to a vehicle.

In return, you can expect some great benefits, including 32 days' annual leave plus statutory bank holidays and a contributory pension scheme after a qualifying period.

So, get inspired today and take the first steps towards a more fulfilling career.

This is a rolling recruitment process, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed as and when they apply.



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