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Drug and Alcohol Worker (Young Adults 18 - 21)

Location: SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ESSEX Salary: 23398 - 29323 GBP Per Annum, inc benefits
Sector: Care Job Type: Contract
Shift Type: N/A Applications: N/A
Posted: 11 months ago Reference: 3138889
Southend Borough Council’s Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol Team are looking for a drug and alcohol worker (young adults 18 -21) to join their team.
On behalf of the Council, Reed are able to offer this fantastic opportunity on a full time, permanent basis. That means the successful applicant will be in a position to work alongside a committed hardworking team in a challenging but rewarding job role.

The main purpose of this role is to 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 work within the Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol team with a focus on connecting with young people who are engaged in problematic substance misuse with the aim of involving them in a range of beneficial activities and intervention programmes.

The screening process is vital within substance use, therefore you will be expected to promote the use of the Drug Use Screening Tool (DUST) to partner agencies and the wider community. Within this, 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 young 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.

In terms of experience, the successful applicant will be required to have worked with vulnerable young people, if you have worked within a substance misuse environment this will be advantageous. Knowledge of young peoples health needs and the effects of dangerous substances is also essential to have the awareness for this role.
Please note the post holder will be required to be flexible with their working hours e.g. weekends or evenings if the service requires.

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 and experience for this role please do not hesitate to apply today! If you would like more information please email

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