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Family Drug & Alcohol Court Substance Misuse Worker - SDAS

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Fixed Term Contract – Up to 18 Months (Possible Extension)

Please Note: A Full UK Driving License and Access to a Vehicle is an Essential Requirement

At Turning Point, we support people across the UK with substance misuse issues. As a Family Drug & Alcohol Court Substance Misuse Worker, you'll make a real difference to their lives as you develop the personal, flexible and realistic support packages they need to help turn things around. Passionate about people, you'll enjoy the scope and support to enhance your own life too, as you make the role your own as part of a friendly and multidisciplinary team.

We have an exciting opportunity to join us as a Family Drug & Alcohol Substance Misuse Worker. The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) offers an alternative form of care proceedings for families where children are at risk of significant harm due to parental substance misuse.  FDAC uses an intensive problem-solving, therapeutic approach that aims to provide parents with support to address their substance misuse and related problems, to enable them to parent their children safely.

A key feature of the FDAC model is the specialist multi-disciplinary team, made up of mental health specialists, drug and alcohol specialists, social workers and a clinical lead (part-time psychologist).  The team works intensively with families going through the FDAC to support parents who struggle with substance misuse, ill mental health and/or domestic abuse, to make significant and sustained changes to their lives, in order for them to continue to care.

Role Responsibility

  • To provide specialist substance misuse expertise to the assessment of families and parents
  • Rapid initial and then ongoing assessment of parents
  • Contribute to the multidisciplinary formulation of intervention plans
  • Provide professional advice and development in relation to substance misuse within the FDAC team.
  • Write and present reports within Court

The FDAC team are based in Taunton but will work from both Taunton & Yeovil Court. As Taunton is the county town, transport links are great, with easy access to the M5, less than two hours by train to London and 40 minutes’ drive in each direction to Bristol and Exeter. The FDAC team are a countywide service and successful applicants will be working with families across Somerset.

The Ideal Candidate

Having handled a significant caseload in a busy environment as a Recovery Worker or similar, you'll have a deep understanding of substance misuse and the Recovery Agenda. It's an extremely varied role, so flexibility, a track record of DANOS compliance and knowledge of relapse and other barriers to recovery will be vital. Naturally, we also look for Recovery Workers with excellent communication skills and, ideally, a vocational qualification, such as an NVQ 3 or equivalent.

Excellent IT skills with knowledge of Word, Excel, and Outlook etc. are essential for this role.

About us

Why Turning Point?

As a leading health and social care provider with more than 300 locations across England, we take real pride in the services we offer.

Across the varied regions, sectors and settings we operate within, our organisation is held together by a shared vision – and our people are connected by the same values. These include belief in potential, confidence in communication, embracing positive change and always treating each other as individuals.

We run all of our services on a not-for-profit basis; instead, we invest every penny back into our services and people. We never stop believing in change for the better, and we work constantly to improve the lives of the people we support.

Our people bring our vision to life. So, if you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to support others to fulfilling their potential, here at Turning Point, we don't just offer you a job – we offer you a career.

What Benefits Will I Receive?

Of course, we know it's not about the money. But that doesn't mean we don't reward our people for their invaluable work with a benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive rates of pay and paid travel expenses
  • Enhanced annual leave entitlements, with the opportunity to buy and sell holiday.
  • Matched pension scheme contributions, plus Death in Service Benefit and salary sacrifice options.
  • Excellent and professionally certified training, as well as access to fully funded apprenticeship programmes.
  • Free health and wellbeing advice via a 24/7, confidential Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to discounts across lots of your favourite stores and online shopping sites, as well as discounted bus travel on the First bus network

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We're supporting flexible working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards. We’re using risk assessments and where needed, PPE to protect our social workers. Good technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.

We reserve the right to close this advert early if we are able to appoint to the vacancy before the advertised closed date.

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