Homelessness Prevention Officer (2 Posts)
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Closed for applications on 19/07/2018 22:59
£23,866 - £27,358 per annum
Hours per week:
37 hours per week
Newcastle upon Tyne
1 Permanent, 37 hours per week
1 Fixed Term to 31.03.2019, 37 hours per week
“The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 is due to take effect in April 2018, giving local authorities and other public authorities new statutory duties around homelessness. The Act is also an opportunity to build on our Active Inclusion Newcastle partnership approach to supporting residents to have the foundations for a stable life – somewhere to live, an income, financial inclusion and employment opportunities. To help us to prepare for and deliver the requirements of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 we are recruiting for two Homelessness Prevention Officers. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of building on our approach and to work in a local authority which is one of only three national ‘early adopter’ Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers.”
The role of the Homelessness Prevention Officer is to interview, assess and identify prevention options for people while working collaboratively with housing and homelessness services, prisons, drug treatment agencies and other relevant partners.
This role can be demanding but rewarding, providing a real opportunity to help people in need access the services they require. As well as frontline interviewing you will be required to participate in the out of hour’s emergency service. This involves being on call on a rota basis to work outside of normal working hours, including evenings and weekends.
A key part of this role is to carry out assessments making appropriate enquiries to determine the available options for the individual. You will need to have a good understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness and its prevention, along with IT and case recording skills. As important is the ability to solve problems within the context of the Council’s policies and legal duties, manage a caseload and meet deadlines as well as being able to work on your own initiative and as part of the team. As well as this the successful candidate will need to be able to negotiate and communicate empathetically with people whilst being sensitive to different life experiences.
For those shortlisted for interview there will be a test to enable you to demonstrate your abilities and knowledge of homelessness legislation and the prevention agenda.
For an informal discussion please contact Gill Simm, Housing Advice and Assessment Manager, on 0191 277 1717 or Debra Shiel, Lead Practitioner, on 0191 277 1720
Apply online at www.northeastjobs.org.uk. Previous applicants need not apply.
This job is closed for applications.