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Senior Practice Support Adviser
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Are you passionate about supporting children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges? Do you believe that all children and young people have the right to be cared for by their own families and in their own communities? Would you like to play an important part in helping improve the UK care system to better support family and community-based care?
Lumos is running an exciting and innovative project in partnership with the Inner and Outer North East London Transforming Care Partnerships, the East London Health and Care Partnership, and the London Boroughs of Havering and Waltham Forest. The project will support a small cohort of children and young people from the North East London area who are at risk of or are already living in inappropriate residential care placements in hospitals and schools. It will look for solutions to enable the children and young people to safely remain with or return back to their families and communities. The project will learn from best-practice in other parts of the UK, document its progress, and share its learning with a wider forum of health and social care stakeholders. As an ‘outside’ agency playing the role of critical friend ‘inside’ the system, the project strives to make broader recommendations for wider reform in the UK care system.
Protecting Children, Providing Solutions
Across the globe, an estimated eight million children live in inappropriate residential care placements in institutions. At Lumos, an international NGO founded by J.K. Rowling and the UK 2015 Charity of the Year, we believe this is a solvable problem. We have developed a model of ‘deinstitutionalisation’ to support countries to reform child care and protection systems based on institutions and replace them with health, education and social care services which keep families together in the community.
The SPSA will deliver a unique and exciting project that brings together our substantial knowledge and expertise and applies it to the UK context. They will work closely with the Inner and Outer North East London Transforming Care Partnerships, as well as with the London Boroughs of Havering and Waltham Forest.
You will have significant experience of working in a health or social care within a local authority or NHS setting. You will also have significant experience of child protection and safeguarding, and of working with children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism and who display behaviour that challenges.
Alongside these core skills and experience, it is important that you will be confident and assertive with the ability to challenge entrenched views and be constructively critical. You will be able to build excellent collaborative relationships with children and families, practitioners, managers, policy makers, commissioners and other professionals.
You will be working across several locations: approx. 2 days per week in London Borough of Havering, 2 days per week in London Borough of Waltham Forest, 1 day per week in Lumos Head Office, Monument, City of London
Candidates must be registered as a social worker [Psychologists with previous experience relating to learning disabilities and autism will be considered]
Provisional interview dates: 1st round – 11 July [Please note that, for successful candidates, 2nd and 3rd round interviews are planned to take place on 18 July and 24 July respectively]
For more information please see attached job description.
With a view to minimising our administration costs, unfortunately we are only able to contact those candidates that have been shortlisted for interview.
• Lumos is an equal opportunities employer.
• Lumos requests no agencies please.
Right to Work:
If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, please think carefully before applying. This is because even if the role is sufficiently skilled to qualify for sponsorship, we will be unable to sponsor you if there is a suitably qualified settled worker available to fill the role (this is known as the ‘resident labour market test’) unless you are currently in the UK and your immigration status and qualifications mean that the resident labour market test will not apply in your case.
Lumos is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and criminal records checks where legally permitted.