Community Outreach Support Worker (High Wycombe) – Salary up to £24,168 p.a.

Job Title: Community Outreach Support Worker based in High Wycombe    

Accountable To: Communities Manager
Hours:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week) and may include some evening and weekend work including bank holidays  Salary up to:   £24,168 p.a.  
Job Purpose:
To provide a high-quality service to offenders and clients who have a history of substance misuse related problems by engaging with them in a custodial and community setting. To be a point of contact for Police custody suites across Buckinghamshire.Provide relevant interventions based upon appropriate assessment or need and provide all relevant services in line with agreed targets and objectives Provide advice, advocacy and harm reduction advice to clients who have a history of problematic substance use. Where appropriate to work in close partnership with other agencies to ensure clients access a full range of servicesTo promote One Recovery Bucks to a wide range of partners, key-stakeholders and the general public.    
To work directly with offenders, clients and potential clients delivering motivation interviewing interventions to support clients in accessing services. To engage with offenders who either test positive for Class A substances, request to speak with a Substance Misuse Worker or have been arrested for a drug / alcohol related crimeUndertake assessments & provide harm reduction advice.To implement and manage referrals using structured guidelines & to provide support for continuity of care. To attend appropriate internal and external meetings. Raise awareness of Naloxone to professionals and service users To manage own workload, engaging in the provision of brief interventions, assessment and care planning to people with substance related problems. Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects including the link between offending and substance misuse.To contribute to the development of services and policies. To participate in and plan training for other professionals/groups.To participate in regular supervision and take part in annual appraisal and review.  To comply with all One Recovery Bucks (ORB) policies and procedures.To positively promote ORB at all times within court teams and to all external partners      
Assessment and Care Planning: –
· To undertake assessments with clients and offenders, ascertaining and responding to their treatment, housing, accommodation, employment and personal support needs, and determining appropriate intervention required · Assist in the transfer of individuals between agencies & services  · Support individuals to access and use services and facilities. · Support individuals who are misusing substances using recognised models and agree an individualised Recovery Plan    
General – Professional Practice
· Promote peoples equality, diversity and rights · Promote choice, wellbeing and the protection of individuals. · Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users. · Develop your own knowledge and practice · Make use of regular supervision    
Other Duties
Contribute to maintaining a place of safety for all clients & staff Ensure records are kept up to date and relevant via Illy Care Pathway Maintain records as appropriate & in line with ORB Polices and TVP. Report to the Community Manager as & when required in respect of client work. Liaise with all referral agencies & workers as & when appropriate. Maintain monitoring procedures as per ORB and TVP Provide information, advice and advocacy services to clients as required Assist clients in relation to their aftercare and resettlement Develop productive working relationships Agree co-working arrangements & liaise with Care Managers, Probation Officers, Peer Support Services and other key agencies concerned with the client.To undertake any additional duties as may be reasonably required by the Community Manager        
Person Spec (qualifications, experience & abilities)
  The ideal candidate for this role will have or be willing to work towards:-   A qualification in substance misuse, social work, nursing and/or counselling, psychology or NVQ Level 3 in a related field. Experience of direct client work with drug users or a comparable client group. Experience of using assessment tools. Experience of one-to-one work abilities and attributes. To evidence experience of proactive client engagement.The ability to work in a pressurised, multi-disciplinary environment. The ability to work effectively and efficiently within a team and build effective working relationships with other agencies, and at the same time be abel to work autonomously. A non-judgemental attitude to drug and alcohol misuse Good written and verbal communication skills with a good level of IT skills. Effective listening skills Good computer skills including use of Microsoft programmes such as Word and Excel Knowledge of the range of community drug services and models of treatment Knowledge and processional experience of the Criminal Justice System An understanding of the needs of drug users and knowledge of harm minimisation. An understanding of care planning Knowledge of brief intervention methods including Brief Solution Focussed Therapy and Motivational Interviewing  
DBS Clearance
  This appointment is subject to a successful enhanced DBS and Thames Valley Police internal vetting