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Job Title Rough Sleeping Prevention Development Officer Fixed term to 31/03/2025
Job reference PHN89
Department Corporate Services Directorate
Grade SCP 23-25
Pay From: £30,151 To: £32,020
Hours 37 hours per week
Closing date 28 May 2023
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Job Description
We Are St Helens Borough Council

Located in the heart of the North-west 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 Rough Sleeping Prevention Development Officer

Do you have the drive to make a difference? Do you want to help achieve a long-term reduction in rough sleeping? If so, you may be perfect for this innovative new role.

The Department for Levelling up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) have awarded funding to St Helens Borough Council as part of its Rough Sleeper Initiative programme 2022/2025.

The Rough Sleeping Prevention Development Officer post forms part of the Council’s approach to reducing homelessness and ending rough sleeping. This is an exciting opportunity for a suitably motivated and skilled individual to join the Council and work as part of a team to fundamentally reform the response to homelessness and rough sleeping.

You will work with the Homelessness Initiatives Programmes Officer, and Rough Sleeping Co-Ordinator to work with a range of partner organisations to identify barriers and gaps in services that can create rough sleeping or homelessness.

You will have responsibility for establishing pathways with partner organisations to create a transparent pathway for those people experiencing homelessness or rough sleeping. Also to work with Supported Housing Providers to minimise unplanned exits from services and support in moving clients through the system.

You will play a key role in the work around complex lives programme, supporting the prevention elements of the programme. At key points where people maybe at risk of falling into rough sleeping, for example Housing and Supported Housing Evictions, Hospital Discharge, Prison Release, Care Leavers, Asylum claim refusals and young people aged 16-17.

You will be supported to develop the prevention programme by the multi-agency Complex Cares steering group who are working together to strengthen the support for people with existing complex needs.

You will need to be able to establish good relationships and networks with a range of services that will include Housing, Health, Criminal Justice, Children's Social Care and the role would suit someone with a background in any of those areas.

You will need to show a drive and commitment to ending rough sleeping and homelessness, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders. A willingness to learn, adapt and lead change will also be required.

This post offers flexible working allowing you to hybrid work from home as well as from an office setting.

Interested to Find Out More?

You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.

For an informal discussion, please contact Kevin Cairns, Homelessness Initiative Programmes Officer, on (01744)676962 or 07523943647 or

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

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