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NRPF Network Projects Officer (Migrant children and care leavers)

P03/P04 £36,912 - £42,651 p.a.

Main area
Housing and Adult Social Services
Grade
P03/P04 £36,912 - £42,651 p.a.
Contract
Fixed term until 31 March 2019
Hours
Full time 35 hours per week
Job ref
SSA/4957/SG
Site
222 Upper Street, N1 1XR OR Heritage Wharf, Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester OL7 0QA
Town
London or Manchester
Salary
P03/P04 £33,437 - £42,651 p.a.
Closing
28/01/2018 23:59

NRPF Network Projects Officer (Migrant children and care leavers)

Please note this post may be based in either 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR or Heritage Wharf, Ashton under Lyne, Greater Manchester OL7 0QA.

PO3 / PO4 £33,437 - £39,177 p.a. (Manchester Salary)

PO3 / PO4 £36,912 - £42,651 p.a. (London Salary)

A unique opportunity exists for a talented individual to join a dynamic local authority based organization that since 2006 has been promoting good practice across the UK in the field of social services’ support for destitute migrants with no recourse to public funds.

We are pleased to be able to offer a two-year fixed-term contract (with possibility of extension) funded by the Controlling Migration Fund to develop services for practitioners working with migrant children – including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children– and care leavers.

We are looking for someone with the skills and knowledge to lead in a complex and often misunderstood area of local authority practice; a person who can work tenaciously to build best practice responses through guidance, training and policy work. The post holder will promote the NRPF Network’s aim of helping local authorities to achieve sustainable outcomes for looked after migrant children, including those who are leaving the care system, in order to comply with corporate parenting duties A thorough grasp of social service’s statutory responsibilities and related immigration law is essential.

The successful candidate will join a small team of two people working to provide expertise and leadership across England and, as required, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are also recruiting for a fourth post to assist with delivering core Network services across all practice areas.

Background to the NRPF network

The NRPF Network is a network of local authorities and partner organisations focused on the statutory response to people who have ‘no recourse to public funds’ (i.e. cannot access welfare benefits and housing). Despite the NRPF condition, social service’s safeguarding responsibilities towards children - and adults with care needs - may necessitate the provision of accommodation and / or financial support to alleviate destitution. In a complex and often misunderstood area of social services provision, the NRPF Network promotes good practice and raises awareness of the challenges in operating this essential local authority ‘safety net’.

The NRPF Network benefits from a responsive, grass-roots membership and the support of policy leads and senior managers across Local and Central Government. Over 10 years of operation, we are proud of our achievements, which include:

  • Formally endorsed practice guidance, including the award-winning Migrant Families web tool, developed in partnership with Oxford University.
  • 49 local authorities and the Home Office using the NRPF Connect database to better manage NRPF caseloads.
  • Delivering in excess of 40 commissioned training sessions each year.
  • Coordinating regional NRPF Network meetings across the UK.
  • A 4000 email membership comprised of practitioners from statutory and voluntary sector organisations.

Why work for the NRPF Network?

At a time of unprecedented cuts to budgets, the NRPF Network helps local authorities to make best us of scarce resources without compromising overriding safeguarding responsibilities to vulnerable residents. A resolution-focused approach is achieved through promoting strategies that help people avoid and find sustainable routes out of destitution in the UK. Strategic and policy work is directly informed by frontline experience; guidance enables best practice in implementing complex legislation to be shared between authorities; expert knowledge lends assistance at the national policy level. Working for the NRPF Network means making a positive difference.

Working for the network will allow you to:

  • Develop a wide range of skills relevant for the voluntary, statutory and business sectors.
  • Experience how the application of expertise, innovation and partnership-working can be used to better inform national immigration policy.
  • Improve outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Closing date: Sunday 28th January 2018 at 23:59

Interview and test date: 16th and 20th February 2018

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Henry St Clair Miller on 0207 527 7118 or at Henry.StClairMiller@islington.gov.uk

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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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