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Drug and Alcohol Worker

Location: SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ESSEX Salary: 29323 - 35444 GBP Per Annum, inc benefits
Sector: Care Job Type: Contract
Shift Type: N/A Applications: 1
Posted: 12 months ago Reference: 3050857
On behalf of Southend-On-Sea Borough Council, Reed are recruiting an experienced drug and alcohol worker. This is a great time to join the Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol team and play a leading role alongside the supportive team who offer training opportunities and support.
This is a permanent job role offering full time hours with flexibility. This team plays a significant role in making a genuine difference to individuals lives with a focus on the young people and young adults (under 18) in the local area of Southend.

The main purpose of this role is to take a leading role on the most complex client cases and assist when leading the team within clinical practice. You will be in a position to provide treatment interventions to the targeted group (under 18) and deliver a service to helping those with substance misuse problems by undertaking specific group work programmes and community based projects. As this is a fairly small team you will be required to take a primary role representing the team but also supervising others and taking on those higher level complex cases.

The team are looking for someone who can confidently and competently work with young people and identify those who are ‘high risk’ in terms substance abuse at an early stage to ensure the appropriate interventions are in place.
The successful applicant will focus on connecting with people who are engaged in problematic substance misuse with the aim of involving them in a range of beneficial activities and intervention programmes to ensure positive outcomes are met.

The successful applicant will assist in assessments alongside developing and delivering evidence based intervention programmes with the team to meet a range of complex needs. This may also consist of providing one-to-one interventions with young people therefore you should be confident in your capabilities when dealing with this group. As an example, you will be encouraging people in how to make effective decisions.

Strong communication skills are essential in this role as you will be liaising with; ‘high risk’ young individuals, parents, agencies and the wider community (e.g. education) to promote prevention and effective intervention. You will also aim to ensure advice and treatments are more accessible by promoting it successfully.

To be successful in your application you will need to hold a relevant degree (social work, nursing, psychology, social sciences etc.) alongside demonstrating experience of working with young vulnerable people engaged in substance misuse. Experience of case management alongside comprehensive assessments is also key as this will form a significant part of your daily duties.

Knowledge of peoples health needs and the effects of dangerous substances is also essential to have the awareness for this role. The post holder will be required to be flexible with their working hours e.g. evenings if the service requires, on a rare occasion a weekend.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants for this role will require an enhanced DBS check.
The Council is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome applications, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

If you feel you have the right skills, qualifications and experience for this role please do not hesitate to apply today! If you would like more information please email

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