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North London Homelessness Prevention Navigator Officer

S02 £31,953 - £33,627 p.a.

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Housing and Adult Social Services
S02 £31,953 - £33,627 p.a.
Fixed term until 31/03/2019
Full time 35 hours per week
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Posts to be based in the boroughs of Camden and Westminster
S02 £31,953 - £33,627 p.a.
26/02/2018 23:59

Six London Boroughs are working as a partnership to set up an innovative new Early Homelessness Prevention Service which will establish a range of specific trailblazer intervention projects across North London. The Service will specifically work with a number of key agencies, providing households with assistance and advice as part of the government’s drive to prevent homelessness much earlier upstream.

The Aims of the Service:
• To provide a dedicated resource to develop and build upon boroughs’ existing good practice around providing homelessness prevention earlier upstream, working specifically with key agencies to identify and assist people at high risk of homelessness.
• To deliver targeted advice, assistance and support to clients threatened with homelessness. Types of prevention activities include benefits, debts, welfare advice; family mediation; signposting to employment support; and landlord negotiations to prevent inappropriate evictions.
• To provide holistic housing and support needs assessments – as part of testing out the ‘Personal Housing Plan’ approach - providing housing and welfare advice; signposting to identified pathways; as well as direct homelessness prevention assistance where appropriate.
• To trial weekly outreach surgeries within key agencies as part of improving the likelihood of successful homelessness prevention.
• To collect data and evaluate the effectiveness of prevention activities to support the government in better understanding the early risk factors associated with homelessness, and to help inform recommendations for future service provision and funding.

The Opportunities:
To support this new service, we have created seven new dedicated posts. These will initially be offered as fixed term contracts or secondments up to the end of March 2019.

North London Homelessness Prevention Navigator Officer – 2 Posts
SO2 (£31,953 - £33,627)

1 each to be based in the boroughs of Camden and Westminster

Located in one of the six boroughs, you will work with key agencies on a range of specific intervention projects. You will be expected to deliver targeted advice, assistance and support to clients threatened with homelessness; carry out weekly outreach surgeries; and provide clients with a written record of advice, as part of trialling Personal Housing Plans. You will be directly responsible for managing a caseload of clients and collating data related to each intervention project. You will be expected to support the Service Co-ordinator in developing plans for individual intervention projects and making any service improvements to ensure the overall successful delivery of the Service.

We are looking for people who have experience of working within a high performing frontline housing service and have extensive experience of delivering advice and support to prevent homelessness; along with up-to-date detailed knowledge of homelessness legislation, guidance and case law. You must be able to demonstrate your ability of building effective working relationships; have excellent communications and organisational skills, and be able to deliver a tailored service based on the individual needs of the client. Please note that all posts will require a willingness to travel across boroughs for client visits/outreach sessions as necessary.

Please indicate your locational preference when applying for one of these posts.

Closing date: Monday 26 February 2018 at 23:59
Interview and test date: Week commencing 12 March 2018

If you would like to informally discuss any of these posts, please contact either Ben McDonnell, Service Coordinator on 02075276317.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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