We Are St Helens Borough Council
Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a transformational Council, which is passionate and ambitious for the communities we support. We provide a wide range of local authority services to the residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to the borough. We can only do this because of our highly valued, highly skilled workforce.
Working together, our workplace vision and values guide our organisation, and the contribution of our workforce is key to our culture journey. Employees with us receive a wide range of benefits including well-being in work, financial benefits, ways of working and learning and development support.
Making A Difference as A Substance Misuse Girls Worker in Young People's Drug & Alcohol Team.
St Helens Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Team is currently recruiting a Substance Misuse Family Worker for a period of up to 2 years (until March 2025) in line with Government funding.
The team delivers a wide range of services to reduce the harms to young people caused by substance misuse.
The service works directly with young people as well as delivering group work, events, training to the children and young people’s workforce and support for families.
You must be able to engage with young people, particularly those with more challenging and complex needs, to build trusting relationships and rapport, to deliver evidence- based interventions to facilitate behaviour change and reduce the likelihood of harm caused by drug or alcohol use. This post is specifically targeting girls and young women who are an under-represented group accessing services. You will need to be able to work with other services (such as colleges, housing, mental health services etc) to identify young women at risk of substance misuse harms and work with them to reduce these risks.
You will have good knowledge of safeguarding procedures and working with young people across the different levels of need
The successful candidate will need to have good organisational skills, be able to prioritise workload and be able to use a range of systems for case and data recording.
The duties of the post may require you to work evenings and weekends.
You must have a minimum 2 years’ experience of working with young people and hold a relevant qualification (minimum Level 3 or equivalent) in health, youth work, social work or similar. You must have a passion to work with young people to make a difference to their health and wellbeing. You should have up to date knowledge of substance misuse and related issues. The desire to help young people overcome substance misuse, along with enthusiasm, flexibility, adaptability, creativity, and a genuine commitment to improve life chances are important qualities for this role.
Interested to Find Out More?
You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.
You are also welcome to contact us for a chat before applying by emailing us at YPDAAT@sthelens.gov.uk
This post is subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure
Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.
Equality & Diversity
St Helens Borough Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Borough Council can be found here https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/equality
St Helens Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.
NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.
All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.