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Young People’s Substance Misuse Practitioner

  • Service: Harrow Young People’s Service
  • Location: Harrow London
  • Salary: £27,180 - £31,335 (salary includes £4.5k London Weighting Allowance )
  • Type: Full time (37 hours)
  • Ref: 018/22-3

Do you have the experience and drive to ensure that in Harrow we deliver the best possible outcomes for our children and young people?

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time permanent post for a Young People’s Substance Misuse Practitioner at our Harrow Young People’s service.

About us

Compass is a values-based organisation whose mission is to create healthier lives and safer communities. We are passionate about making a real difference to individuals and improving health outcomes in local areas.

About the role

Compass is the sole provider of substance misuse treatment for young people in the London Borough of Harrow.  The service is set up to provide and deliver all elements of the treatment system.

The service has been providing structured and targeted interventions to young people engaging in or at risk of substance misuse.  The post holder will work on an outreach basis across the area including visiting schools, working with the Metropolitan Police, the Children and Families service, the YOT and Northwick Park Hospital as well as other agencies.

The role will involve supporting young people away from engaging in substance misuse and providing them with skills and coping strategies to manage their recovery journey, delivering 1-1 and group work interventions, targeted outreach to engage ‘hard-to-reach’ young people and delivery of professional workforce development packages to partner agencies.

Working hours will be Monday – Friday, 37 hours per week, which will include at least one evening per week and Saturdays on a monthly rota.

The Person

Holding a relevant qualification in substance misuse/youth work/psychology/counselling/ mental health/social care, you will also:

  • Have experience of working with at risk/vulnerable young people in a community setting
  • Be able to deliver behaviour change support, including group work
  • Be knowledgeable about: safeguarding children, confidentiality, consent and mental capacity and Hidden Harm
  • Adopt a flexible approach to work – hours and locations

To apply, you will need to download and complete our application form. We would be grateful if you could also complete our equality monitoring form.

The Benefits

In return, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme and OH Service
  • Excellent Learning & Development Opportunities and Career Progression
  • Generous Contributory Pension scheme
  • Life Assurance

Closing date:  Tuesday 17 May 2022

Competency Interview date:  Monday 23 May 2022

Compass is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and you should share our commitment. All Compass posts are subject to appropriate level DBS checks. We value diversity at Compass and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Established for over 30 years, Compass is a national charity which works in communities across the UK providing services spanning substance misuse treatment and rehabilitation, early interventions for vulnerable young people, school aged health programmes and associated prevention as well as treatment and health promotion initiatives.

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