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Senior Housing Practitioner - Bournemouth

  • Job reference: LMCBCPSHP1
  • Location: Bournemouth, Dorset
  • Job type: All
  • Area of Expertise: Head of
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Job description: A local authority in Bournemouth is recruiting for a Senior Housing Practitioner to provide comprehensive technical advice and support for complex cases with multiple needs and ensure the housing needs of individuals are assessed and met by providing professional and specialist advice.

The Role
The focus of this role is to provide comprehensive technical advice and support for complex cases with multiple needs, particularly where these require a multi-agency partnership approach and to ensure the housing needs of individuals are assessed and met by providing professional and specialist advice / expertise
Your main responsibilities within this role will include:
*Assess, analyse and mitigate risk in service delivery (including lone working, decision making) and develop solutions in partnership with several stakeholders for a range of varied problems / housing issues
*Provide specialist knowledge, expertise and advice to the Housing Options Team on a wide range of housing practices, processes and procedures.
*Ensure officer practices and their approach are compliant with policy and procedure in terms of quality assurance through regular case review
*Develop, review and update individual housing pathways and support effective delivery of processes with a range of council and non-Council agencies
*Act as senior practitioner to provide support to the team of Housing Options Advisors and Assistants with, and in making complex decisions and using professional judgement under the provisions of Housing Act 1996 and the Homelessness Act 2002 and advise on a range of matters concerning related legislation such as landlord and tenant, family, welfare benefits, childcare and persons from abroad.
*work in a multi-agency setting, building effective relationships and developing interventions with a range of partners on complex and often contentious casework situations who are challenging to engage with, in the pursuit of prevention of homelessness
*Be the lead practitioner and representative for the service on domestic abuse, high risk offenders and those found to be intentionally homeless (i.e. representing the service at MARAC, MAPPA and safeguarding case conferences)
*Act as lead practitioner for the service for all verified rough sleepers including assisting with the coordination of MRSSAG (Multi-Agency Rough Sleeper Advisory Group)
*Be lead officer for case management and maintenance of effective working relationships for those discharged from hospitals with complex housing issues
*Be the teams lead officer responsible for the compilation and coordination of reports considered at bespoke housing panels, including Extra Care, Supported Housing and Gypsy Traveller.

The Candidate
To be considered for this role, it is essential that you have significant experience in housing services including experience of giving advice to the public on complex and contentious housing matters.
*Substantial experience of delivering customer focused services in a multi-agency setting
*Experience of acting in a Lead Practitioner role
*Proven experience of successfully providing a high performing service that demonstrate effective employee behaviours Educated to Degree level or equivalent
*CIH level 4 (or equivalent) or ability to achieve qualification
*Knowledge of housing/Homelessness legislation, as well as housing related family/tenancy legislation and case law
*Application of homelessness prevention practices & comprehensive housing options advice


The Contract
This is a full time role, working 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday. The contract is a temporary running, running until the end of December, with a strong chance of being extended in to 2021.

How Apply
To apply for this role, please send your CV Lee McMillan at Service Care Solutions via lee . mc millan @ service care . org . uk. You can also call Lee on 01772 208 966 discuss the role in more detail.