Substance Misuse Officer - Schools, Alternative Provision and Transitions Lead | Islington Council

Job details
Posting date: 17 September 2021
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £34,689 - £35,949 per annum
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 17 October 2021
Location: London, N7 7LD
Company: Islington Council
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 3366369/SSC6887FWP

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This Substance Misuse post holder will be the lead for schools, alternative provision and pupil referral units. Therefore most of the post holder’s work will focus around working with education providers in the borough to generate referrals and support pupils.

1. To work with vulnerable children and other young people who are at risk of problematic drug use, offering assessment, support and advice.
2. To work with a caseload of vulnerable young people in a holistic way, acting as care co-ordinator, to identify needs and facilitate complex care plans, referring to other health and social care agencies as required.
3. To provide drug-related prevention and targeted education, advice and support to those young people identified as experimenting or at risk of developing substance misuse problems.
4. To provide advocacy and support for young people by attending children's hearings, case reviews etc as appropriate.
5. To offer group work to vulnerable young people, promoting self-efficacy, self-esteem and empowerment.
6. To provide family/carer support to the vulnerable young person's 'family group'.
7. To provide training and support to the carers and staff, who work with vulnerable young people, ensuring that the needs of young drug users are recognised and understood.
8. To maintain anti-discriminatory practice in relation to all aspects of service delivery, including individual case management.
9. To be conversant with the concepts of harm minimisation in relation to individual clients, families and communities.
10. To recognise the professional duty of care to protect where clients present a risk to themselves or others, and comply with statutory requirements regarding child protection including the Children Act 1989 and Hidden Harm guidelines.
11. To work with the young person's team to develop and monitor care pathways for young drug and alcohol users and those vulnerable to use, ensuring pathways for assessment, prevention and treatment are comprehensive and integrated.
12. To work to the guidelines of the Young Persons Substance Misuse Plan and to the NTA Models of Care guidelines, and be pro-active in the implementation of these plans.
13. To communicate and cascade disseminated information to learners and other staff being directly supervised.
14. To liaise and communicate clinical information with partner agencies on shared care clients within the strict guideline/ protocol on shared confidential information between YCSMAS and the named partner agencies.
15. To attend service wide meetings as team representative when required.
16. To attend and participate in external satellite/ groups as appropriate.
17. To promote an open dialogue where a positive culture on improving communication, and maintenance of a healthy therapeutic relationship with clients are enhanced and valued.
18. Contribute to the promotion of team cohesiveness, multidisciplinary working and at all times work collaboratively with colleagues in the drug and alcohol team and generic services to achieve healthy and effective communication.

Role Specific Responsibilities:
1. Lead on school based (13-16) work on substance misuse and alcohol matters, including raising the profile of drugs services with targeted and universal groups
2. Address and focus on universal physical and mental health literacy for 16-19 year olds (e.g. weight and healthy eating; health services; mental health, drugs and alcohol, immunisations, sexual health and relationships, youth safety first aid)
3. Provide targeted work for vulnerable young people and adults (13-19) (e.g. in relation to school exclusion, care leavers, mental health, drugs and alcohol, youth safety, gangs and violence, sexual exploitation, sexual health and relationships, first aid)
4. Lead on the formulation of a bi-monthly work plan which provides oversight of lead area

Closing date: Sunday 10th October 2021 at 23:59

Proposed Interview date: Week commencing 1st November 2021

For further information please contact Afra Bell, YCSMAS Team Manager at

This advert closes on Sunday 10 Oct 2021

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